Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Curious Case of the Exploding Diarrhea

When the Dude was still very small, we got lots of gifts. I got about 30 bibs, most of which I never used. My MIL brought over a liner for the bed. I could not imagine that it would be useful, but I smiled and said thanks and put it on the bed. Then I forgot about it for a year.

Because the Dude had not done enough to terrorize the family, he started exploding in the night about three weeks ago. That is when I learned why the liner was so important.

Three weeks ago, only a few days after his birthday, the Dude started crying around 3am. This is a little unusual as the Dude actually tends to sleep through the night. As soon as I opened the door, however, I could smell the difference. With only the nightlight to guide me I pulled off his blank to see that diarrhea was all over the bed. It had gone through the diaper, through the PJs, through the sleeping sack and onto the bed. Yes, imagine what a mess that was for a moment . . .

The German quickly joined me and we stripped the bed and the baby. It took about 45 minutes to get everything cleaned up and to put the baby back to bed. Yes, by that time we had turned on the light. But by 4am, the Dude thought this was all hilarious and did not want to go back to sleep.

But we are pretty tough parents and he cried until 4:45am until falling back asleep . . . in his bed. The Dude does not sleep with us ever. Our bed is a playpen for him and I certainly was not letting him in my bed after a display like that.

This pattern has repeated itself about 4 times over the past few weeks. Mostly though he waits until about 6am before exploding. How nice. We have tried EVERYTHING: bananas, taking away the milk, crackers, oatmeal, anything to put a cork in it so to speak. But the Dude is about as tough as his parents and the loose stool has ensued for 3 weeks.

For the first two weeks we could not figure out what was going on. Teething? Growth spurt? Latent anger at his parents? I did not take him to the doctor because there was really nothing wrong. He ate well. He had fun playing and going places. He laughed and giggled. And when not $hitting all over the place, he slept well.

Last Friday though I had had enough. We went to the doctor and she said, "Probably just a virus and it needs to run its course. These things usually take about 3 weeks." Well that is just great. However, today, three weeks to the day, he had a semi-normal poop. Yeah! I wanted to do a little dance.

Unfortunately, he has passed on this virus to everyone else in the family. My MIL and the German have had it since Friday. Me, I had it for 12 hours on Saturday. That's it. The German thinks that my cast iron stomach caused by the American junk food that I ate as a child has made me immune to these things. He may be right.

So . . . how have you been?


jen said...

Dude, I've never heard it this that way around before. Its usually the German iron stomachs.
Hope the kiddo is okay and the mommy gets some sleep!
I'm calling you in 30 minutes.

Michelle said...

Am I really awful for laughing while reading this one? :-/ If I ever have kids, karma is going to kill me. Hope you are all feeing better soon though.

Paula and Skip said...

HI, didnt want to leave without a comment - wonderful blog. Love your way of expressing yourself. And savor the idea of so many Expats blogging from my home country whilst being a transplant to Florida myself.

Diane Mandy said...

Oh dear! Hope everyone is doing better now!

viagra online said...

Buddy I stayed impressed, I'd haerd about this but not too much info. I just hope that this doesn't happen with any of my family.

Anonymous said...

For future reference - if anyone has ever ingested sauerkraut, they'd tell you they would often run to the toilet with the Hershey squirts. Yes, it's watery and will go right through you quickly because of the high fiber content in cabbage. It's good for you though, so let the little dude enjoy it every now and again after he learns how to use the potty haha