Monday, April 13, 2009

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Medical Monday To Bring You An Important Message About Poop

So this, being Monday, should be a post about something medically related. However, I haven't done my homework today. This is because Jer recently purchased himself a copy of Fallout 3 and had most of the day off. That's my excuse, anyway.

So I'm not going to have a Medical Monday. I'm going to take a break and talk about another theme that for some reason pops up periodically in this blog: poop.

That's right. This is yet another post about poop.

So Connor has been having some GI troubles lately. Prior to his g-tube placement, constipation was the issue. Well, no longer. Now on any given day I'm changing between 6-10 diapers. This is not particularly my idea of fun. I'm going to tell you about an event so horrific I believe I am now traumatized for life. The squeamish may wish to go find something else to read. It's not going to be pretty.

The day that shall forever go down in infamy as the day of the Poop That Would Not Die started out pretty much like any other day. Of course, Connor did have that as-yet-undiagnosed UTI and so was rather crabby, and also I'd already changed four diapers, but other than that we were just going about our usual business. Jer was away at work, and Connor and I had just eaten lunch. I was happily sitting with one hand tucked under the little guy on my lap at the computer desk, checking my e-mail, when Connor's rear end emitted the kind of noise that makes scientists monitoring volcanoes push the big red alarm button and run for the hills.

Connor, who felt that the noise might not have tipped me off, immediately stuck his hand down his diaper and emerged with unquestionable and very disgusting evidence that he needed changing. He's into experimenting with exotic flavors right now, so the hand immediately headed towards his mouth. With a grimace of horror I grabbed his wrist and held it away from his body. I then gingerly picked the little guy up with the other hand and trotted down the hallway to his bedroom to change him.

Unfortunately for me, I neglected to do two things: oversights which I would have ample cause to regret later. The first that was while maneuvering Connor out of my lap one-handed, I failed to keep him perfectly level. The second was that I didn't pin his other hand.

I got about two thirds of the way down the hallway when I realized that the hand underneath Connor's rear end now seemed to be damp. I glanced down and saw to my horror that my entire hand was now covered in what looked like chocolate syrup, and not only that, but we had left a trail all the way down our beige carpeted hallway. I sprinted the rest of the way into Connor's room, leaving poop puddles in our wake, and plopped the kid down on one of his washable rugs.

I now had a dilemma. I had one free hand, currently covered in poop. The other relatively clean hand was clamped down on Connor's wrist. After ineffectual attempts to get Cricket to dial Jer on the phone (if little Timmy fell down the well, Cricket would shove the well cover the rest of the way on and take a nap on top of it) I finally managed through a creative use of diaper wipes to at least rid my hand of the worst of the damage so I could concentrate on getting Connor cleaned up.

I wiped off his hand, cleaned up his rear, took off his soiled clothes as well as mine, bundled all of them up in the now soiled rug, and threw the whole mess into the washer. Then I scrubbed my hands, started a bath running, found the carpet cleaner and took care of the poop trail that led all the way back into the office. I grabbed Connor and plopped him in the bathtub, which is where I realized that his OTHER hand was also somehow completely covered in poop. Connor got a thorough scrubbing. I gave myself a quick bath, dressed Connor, and then set him down clean and wonderful into his crib so I could put away the cleaning supplies and get dressed.

I was in the bathroom, reaching up into the cabinet above the toilet, when I happened to look into the mirror. I froze.

There was poop in my hair.

Not just a little bit. There were large streaks of poop all down one side of my head, lovingly applied by Connor, who apparently wanted to spruce me up a bit and thought dramatically stinky lowlights would be just the thing. Being a reasonable, intelligent adult, I did the only thing possible in this situation.

I freaked out. I believe my exact words were something along the lines of:


Some people just can't stand roaches. For other people, snakes cause them to leap in terror atop the nearest available chair. Not me. I have no problem with any creeping, crawling arachnid, insect, reptile, or rodent. I'm the type of person who not only carefully catches jumping spiders and deposits them gently outside my house, but then I go look them up in my identification book so I can call my Dad and tell him about them later. Well, I have now discovered my phobia. Poop in my hair reduces me to a gibbering, frantic crazy woman. Thank God my razor was in the other bathroom, or I probably would have grabbed it and shaved myself bald.

As an aside: I think they should make you sign a contract before having children. It would contain a clause saying: "WARNING: HAVING CHILDREN MAY CAUSE APPLICATION OF POOP TO YOUR HAIR." Give it to the girls on prom night and watch the teen pregnancy rate plummet.

Anyway, back to the story. I hurtled into the shower, my screaming now interspersed by language that I will not be recording for posterity, and turned the water on as hot as it would go. If it was possible using only hands and a washcloth to scrub one's hair and scalp completely off, I would have done it.

After having shampooed and rinsed my hair for the eighteenth time and inspected it minutely to make sure not a single particle of offending poop remained, I toweled off, got dressed, and dragged myself back into Connor's room. Connor, no doubt resenting not only my leaving him in his crib for so long but also my rejection of his hairdressing attempts, was pitching a royal fit. I leaned over, picked him up, and singing him a little soothing song, bounced him on my hip.

He pooped all down my leg.



J. said...

yes they should come with warnings and those of us who adopt older kids should get the same warnings.. there is not enough talk of kids and poop!

Julia O'C said...

I would laugh, but I know that karma would only reward me with some poop for MY hair. BLECH!!!

Julia said...

OMG, that is the funniest essay I have ever read. Okay, I'm calming down now (hysterical laughter giving way to fits of giggling). I'm almost normal now. Okay. Now, I'm very sorry you endured this. It was obviously very traumatic. But man, that was funny!

Renate said...

This sure brings back memories. Way back in the ice age, when my children were little, I had a similar incident. My little guy, loved, loved, loved corn, but it didn't agree with his digestive system and gave him runs every time he ate it. That summer we were at a neighborhood BBQ and, unbeknownst to me, he would go from person to person and get a bite of his beloved corn-on-the-cob. The next morning when I came into his room, there was poop everywhere. His crib, his face, his hair, the walls around his crib, etc., etc. He must have thought fingerpainting with poop was ever so much fun. I had never seen such a mess. It's a funny story now, that I drag out in front of his children every so often. Needless to say, the boy doesn't especially care for the fact that I tell it.

Marc said...

"After ineffectual attempts to get Cricket to dial Jer on the phone"

After due consideration it's probably best this didn't happen, try explaining that to your boss, especially an army one, you would never hear the end of it.

Anonymous said...

This is the greatest writing ever... about poop.


Ellen said...

OK, I am terrified of roaches, but I suspect I would not react well to having poop in my hair. EWWWW!!! Someone has to start a blog called, everyone has a story. I still remember lying a freshly-bathed Max on my comforter when he decided to let loose, and I mean loose.

You've heard about the movement (no pun intended!!!) to potty-train kids from some ridiculously young age, like six months? It doesn't seem so crazy when you read stuff like this!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh man, LOL!

It's funny now, but - trust me - it'll be much funnier later (to you, anyway!)

It's amazing what moms endure, and how much we love those little monsters!


Connor's Mom said...

Wow! So many great poop stories! Only mothers and ten year old boys can bond over that particular subject matter.

J: All I can say is that if Connor is still putting poop in my hair in ten years, I will probably be clinically insane.

Julia O'C: Yes. And no one would want that.

Julia: I can laugh about it now. It's kind of that shifty-eyed half-hysterical laughter, but laughter it is.

Renate: I'm sure Connor will be thrilled I've not only talked about it, but posted it on the internet. Oh well.

Marc: Especially if whoever is on staff duty doesn't speak Meow.

Jing: I'll be expanding on the topic and submitting it for an ALA literary prize soon.

Ellen: I'd be willing to bet there's already a blog out there that deals with poop, but I'm scared to google it. You first.

Julie: I'm sure it will be hilarious once I forget some of the horrid, horrid details. That may take a while.


Kierstyn said...

lol! That's an awesome, horrible, so been there, story! Way to go Super Mom!!! You earned another star on your cape.

Sarah said...

Oh I totally know how you feel. We've been having rotovirus go the rounds here so we have had poop gallore. Oh and my son de poop virgined the tub yesterday...nice.

Thanks for finding our blog!!!!

milesmom said...

OMG, this is hysterical! I have told my childless friends that motherhood changes many things. First, before children, you could never imagine that there would be so much to say about poop. Second, before children, you would never think that you might actually, willingly, put out your hand to have someone puke in it!

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