|Playing BEFORE the medicine kicked in|
All of a sudden DJ said Tates had pooped. Usually, I am the one that knows when he poops (and I notice right away) so I asked DJ if he was sure, but before he could answer the smell hit me and I was at least 10 feet away from them both. I told DJ to grab him and I got a diaper and some wipes. We met at the crib to change him, however, this was no ordinary poop. The medicine had kicked in and Tates system was starting to clean out exploding. He had the biggest blowout in the history of mankind I think. He had completely soaked himself, DJ, the crib bedding, and there was a trail on the floor that had to be mopped up. Literally, this happened in less than 10 seconds. I am not even kidding when I say his insides were exploding out his tushy.
Immediately he had a rash all over his hiney (thanks to cloth diapering he hadn’t had a rash since we kicked disposables!). The nurse didn’t even really think the rash was that bad. She said she had seen kids with bloody bums before (I can’t even imagine that! Poor babies!) and gave us some goop that she said was awesome and should help. I didn’t really like it much because it didn’t wipe off very well. You had to almost scrub it off, which isn’t good considering his tush was irritated already. She advised us to just leave it on and wipe away the poop and the cream would coat his tush and protect it from the acidic explosions (Yikes right?).
So, we did end up needing the family laundry facility. As you can imagine, I wanted to wash the boys clothes ASAP since I wasn’t sure if colon contents stained.
The nurse rolled her eyes (at herself) and said she should have offered us some hospital clothes for Tates so we wouldn’t run out of or ruin his clothes. Tates was too small for the smallest scrubs (but I can improvise!) I rolled the pants waist down, the bottoms up, criss-crossed the back snaps on the shirt top and voila, the cutest little hospital patient you have ever seen!
|Playing in our scrubs|
The medication was making Tates very irritable and super cranky (as if he wasn’t entitled to be you know?), so the nurse offered some ibuprofen and I agreed. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an order in his chart, so she had to page the on call Dr. to get the OK, order it for his chart, and then call it in to the pharmacy to fill and send up. After thirty minutes of waiting, she called down to the pharmacy. They told her how super busy it was and Tates order was still quite a few from the top. However, after explaining the situation poor Tates was in, we had the ibuprofen 15 minutes later. Honestly, Tates was just getting too tired to fuss anymore, so I’m not sure if the ibuprofen even helped.
|Poor guy is miserable|
Over the next 9 hours Tates had horrible explosions of the tush and countless clothing changes. He was just miserable. Tates was supposed to be on the medication until he was pooping clear, however, when he had finished his IV bag he wasn’t clear, so the Dr. on call was paged and ordered more medicine. We, again waited for the pharmacy to send up the medicine, however, they were taking a really long time and there was almost no way we were going to be able to pump the amount of medication into Tates the Dr. had ordered before midnight. If the medication is pumped in too quickly it could make Tates vomit. Needless to say we didn’t make the midnight deadline, however, about half-hour after midnight Tates poop was clear! Little one was then hooked up to his IV and got comfy on Mommy in the flip chair and fell fast asleep (it was 1am now). Although we were advised that he would probably still be Mr. Exploding Tushy Pants even in his sleep, however, he didn’t poop overnight at all.
The lovely part of having an IV is that it and vitals need to be checked every hour. Yep, after the day Tates had, he was going to be woken up every hour.
We still didn’t have a set time for the procedure, which I say surgery, because he was knocked out and in an OR, but that is probably just the overprotective mom in me.
Sorry to keep dragging this out, but I really want to write it all and have it documented so Tates can read it one day….I am not trying to torture you loyal readers I promise!
More to be told………..