Magic Moment

Here is my Magic moment story for this week, It may not look like much to many of you but for me and our household it is a big achievement.

washingYes this little row of the boys pants, in with my general washing means that we are taking the first steps on a long road to get over the severe constipation which has been  with the boy from an early age. The boy had a Disimpaction at Easter, this was just the first step of what is going to be a long road to what most parents call normal. This is also a subject that no-one likes to talk about, but poo has become a topic of conversation in our house and one that sometimes has taken over family life.

The boy has been very good with all the medicine, and it is still taking a while to find the right combination of different medicines and times of the day to make sure that he goes to the toilet at least once a day. But it finally feels like I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Like most boys he still forgets to go to the toilet, and with the mixture of softeners and laxatives this is not something he can ignore for long. We know it will take at least 6 months to a year for him to regain complete bowel control, and we take each day as it comes.

The results though have been far-reaching, and not something you talk to the parents at the school gate about. Simple things like a sleepover, cub camp and even holidays have become less complicated. No more nasty washing bags, where I either throw the pants away, or have to wash while away. No more washing up to 5 pairs of trousers a day, yes the smell was that bad sometimes that he would have to change often.

Less stress on me, not having to constantly nag and remind him to change or go to the toilet means we are friends again. Bonus less washing, which every Mum would be happy about. The boy is super happy because for the first time in 2 years he can have fencing trousers, I had resisted these as they are bulky to wash and having to try and get them washed and dry twice a week was not appealing.

All in all this one picture, makes me smile more than lots of other pictures I have taken this Spring, and hopefully the boy will continue to improve, if we can reach another magic moment our holiday in 134 days time and with clean pants, will mean we can all have a great holiday.

Disimpaction Part 2

Ok, so Disimpaction part one, didn’t go quite according to plan. Coming home from hospital was however a good decision and one that the boy was ok about. With lots of lovely sleep, and plenty of being allowed to do what he wanted during the day, the whole two weeks flew by.

As for the medicine, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. The boy needed the toilet more often, but all things being considered we had more clean pants, no accidents and even managed a day out in London on the second week. Our nurse came to see us and is very happy with the boy, I am still feeling apprehensive that we need to keep reinforcing that he will need to make sure he goes to the loo so we don’t end up back at the beginning. Maybe I am being a bit to hard on him, but I am still impressed.

We have had one dry night! now that the volume of liquid has gone down, and the smell which I usually associate with the boys clothing has gone. The boy has also been drinking all his water, as well as taking the Movicol. So now starts the next step, to keep going and now we introduce Senna, which is used to stop constipation. The next few weeks will see a mixture of different doses at different times to see which works best for the boy. Then long-term we can start to look at other problems like the night-time bed wetting.

All things considered I have to say I am very hopeful, while still being caucus. I keep asking myself why we didn’t do this ages ago. I can only think it was because I just didn’t know how the boy would cope, and you can’t give a child with diarrhea to a child-minder. Being at home has finally had some use, other than being the orderer of the mystery parcels!


Today I am taking the boy for an x-ray, but don’t worry he hasn’t broken anything! His Fencing teacher would never forgive me if he had. Today we are going to the local hospital to finally find out if there is something wrong with the boys bowels. He has always had a problem with going to the toilet, not something you talk about with people on the street, but something that affects every part of his life.

So what will they do, I have been told it is simple as they will just x-ray his intestine area and that is it. But the slightly more interesting part has been the boy having to take a series of tablets, called a transit study. The boy has taken 3 tablets one each day for 3 days then a rest day then the following day the x-ray. Each of the tablets contained tiny little markers each one a different shape. Day one was a ball, day two a stick and day three a mini do-nut shape. These should show up on the x-ray and the doctor can then tell how fast or slow food is traveling through the boys system.

In a way we are all quite interested to see the results, and as there will not be a bad outcome we are not worried about the findings. If they do find a blockage then this can be sorted, if they find a normal system this is good news too. So after 8 years of trying to convince the medical world that I thought there was something other than just being a boy, it will be interesting to see if I was right. On the other hand if I am wrong then I could be back to square one, and the laundry will continue to build up.