Go to fullsize imageI have a love hate relationship with poop.  My family has poop issues.  I am at my wit’s end.  Help me….I am drowning in poop.

You may be asking yourself, “What the heck kind of post is this?”  Other’s may be nodding their heads in understanding.  Some of you may even be clicking over to another site with a more glamorous topic….STOP!  Don’t leave yet!  I need help.

Let me explain.  I have IBS.  It’s typical for a worrisome women like myself to have some anxiety manifest itself in a physical ailment.  My stress always heads straight to my gut.  It will hurt, spasm, and poop to no end some days.  My Paxil helps some but since the third little apple dumpling joined our gang, it’s come back with a vengence.  Yes, having 3 under 3 1/2 is stressful (and fun in a crazy crazy way).  So I am dealing with that.  My doc has talked about having me switch meds.  Watch out for me if that happens.  Paxil is a real blast to get off of, let me tell you.  Headaches, the spins, nausea, and irritably are just a few pleasureable symptoms.  I will be in rare form and just may end up with a criminal record if it’s not handled properly.   But on the upside, my own poop issues may be more controlled after that.

My second household poop issue.  The one that puzzles, frustrates, and is over taking my life.  It’s Zack’s chronic constipation.  Ever since he was a baby, he has been constipated.  When he potty trained this past year, it got 1o times worse.  Everyday, we deal with poop issues.  Sometimes he holds it so long, his belly bloats like a puffer fish.  We have tried everything that we could think of.  Right now he is on a prescription (not my first choice but nothing else we tried worked).  It’s helping the physical issue of hard poopies but his will to hold it is INCREDIBLE.  We have countless little accidents because of this.  The poor kid is either in pain from withholding or embarrassed because he pooped his pants.  It’s physically exhausting and traumatizing for him.

It frustrates me beyond all imagination.  I spend my days literally wiping butt after butt after butt.  Our diaper/Pull-up pile is the size of a landfill (which is just great since my hubby is an environmental consultant who deals with landfills). 

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Has anyone else dealt with bad constipation in a toilet traing tot?  What worked?  I have met my match here, the poop issues have to go.  If they don’t, I might have to write more about it.  Yes, that’s a threat.