We talk about poop so often in this house that I would be remiss not to write a blog post about it. Once I decided it was necessary, I thought “how can I tastefully write about poop so that I can still get a job in the future?” Then I thought, “people on hiring committees poop too, so…I’m just gonna go for it.” We have been in the country for three months now and things seem to have stabilized for the moment. Here’s our poop story.
Month 1: Diarrhea
We were all adjusting to the food here, but the toddler and I dealt with frequent bouts of diarrhea. I would venture to say I had diarrhea about 5 out of 7 mornings each week. The general treatment is to hydrate and get acquainted with the BRAT diet – Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. I got a prescription for Azithromycin from my doctor before I left the U.S., but I never felt bad enough to take it...in retrospect, maybe I should have...ha!
Month 2: Constipation
The pre-schooler has dealt with constipation for about 2 out of 4 years of his life. We brought a vat of Miralax with us and we have definitely needed to use it for our sweet boy. If we need a re-fill, we can find an equivalent medicine here, or we can have it refilled in the US and ask grandparents to pick it up and mail it to us.
Month 3: Stomach Virus
This month was the worst! The stomach virus that hit our household was ugly.
Bout #1) I woke up in the middle of the night vomiting, then I was out of commission for the entire next day with fatigue and a low fever. I was convinced I was dying of some rare Caribbean disease, but by day 2 or 3, I was alive again.
Bout #2) First the preschooler fought off diarrhea and vomiting, then it attacked the toddler, then jumped back to the preschooler again! I was in tears the morning I saw my 4 year old standing at the toilet, vomiting while poop ran down his leg. We consulted the pediatrician we’ve gotten to know here and she recommended a stool culture to rule out amoebas/parasites/worms if things didn’t get better in a couple of days. But luckily, rest, Pedialyte, and the BRAT diet prevailed, and we all survived.