*Warning…the following post has plenty of potty talk. If this makes you uncomfortable stop reading.*
Like all new parents, being on poo patrol is part of the process. In Addison’s case, with her exotic cocktail of meds, dirty diapers take on a whole new dimension. The new drug she started last week, MMF, is known to cause diarrhea in about 40% of patients. If you google “MMF and diarrhea”, you’ll see thousands of hits! And if it’s severe enough, Addison will have to switch back to another immune-suppression drug.
When adults have diarrhea, there is really no dispute over the obvious. But anyone who has ever seen a poop-y diaper knows this is not as easy to determine for babies. Runny, grainy mustard, curdled texture – all descriptive words for “normal” baby poo. There are even baby poo galleries online! And since we are using cloth diapers on Addison, it’s even more difficult to tell when runny is too runny! I get a laugh at the info on some websites, “diarrhea is usually quite squirty.” Is ‘squirty’ even a real word?
Aaron and I spend a lot of our day discussing diapers. Makes for great dinner table conversation. Thankfully, we aren’t really hanging out with too many people (aside from my family) because of Addison’s compromised immune system so no one gives us dirty looks, pardon the pun. Right now, the jury is still out on her BM business – could be diarrhea-ish.
Gottta go. Duty calls! The princess needs to be changed…
Elaine, Aaron and Addison