He has pellet poops and most of the time it looks painful to get out. Twice in the past 3 weeks poor Garrett had two poops that made him shake and brought him to tears. The second time it happened I was so done. We were going to the doctor that minute and I was staying until I left with something I knew would help. Conveniently enough, it happened to be on a Saturday and Paul was working. So, I called the doc, loaded both kids in the car, and headed to the clinic, 20 minutes before they closed.
We were sitting in the waiting room and he pooped again. Another bad, painful one. I didn't have the diaper bag, but fortunately they had a diaper I could have. I wanted to show the pediatrician the poop, but she said my description was enough. Whatever. Who doesn't want to look at poop?
This doctor, that we'd never met before, asked the most questions, and seemed the most interested in helping me. Or maybe she knew that I knew it was closing time, and that I was there until I was ready to leave, so she had better come up with something good.
We were about to leave with a pro biotic/miralax/apple juice combo plan, and the doc decided last minute to do a swab in his bum and hurry and test it. Garrett started laughing when he was being swabbed, which made me laugh, because ya know, I'm 12.
She tested it, and turns out Garrett has yet again something I've never heard of. Butt Strep. There's a medical term for it, but when the doc said it, I said, "What?" And she said, "you know, like Strep Throat? It's like that, but in his butt." What the ouch! She said he probably has a lot of fear associated with pooping because this infection is so painful. Poor little guy. So we immediately started a 10 day antibiotic (which has loosened him right up.) Then we'll see if the constipation returns and if it does we'll go on with
Just another day in our crazy lives. And now you know what to try and check for if you ever find yourself in a similar situation. You're welcome.