Raise your hand if you had a rectal exam today
Sucks, huh? Well, I took the bird to see yet another pediatric G.I. doc this morning. Actually, after reading my posts about the last doc we saw, my friend Fawn suggested that I see this guy (thanks fawn!). Then, I remembered my other friend Hayley say she'd taken her kid there, too. Well, this guy is the head of the G.I. dept at Childrens Hospital of Michigan, so hopefully he knows what he's doing. He was very nice and is definitely onboard with the idea that the gut can affect the brain. Hallelujah! He said he sees a lot of kids with Autism and that shows me that he's heard from a lot of crazy warrior moms like me. Still, he did say that he's impressed with what I've done and my knowledge of the gut and her issue. It's nice to hear and I hope that means he'll take me more seriously than the last guy who suggested we just use laxatives every day "indefinitely".
First order of business: after this round of flagyl (yes, we're on day 8 of flagyl and I love this drug!!) we'll take her off the probiotics (because that's technically a bacteria) and then do a retest of bacteria levels in the gut. If he finds that there are real bacterium in there, he'd suggest we treat more aggressively with the flagyl, more often. He also wants to have us work with a nutritionist to be sure she's getting her needs met. Sounds good to me.
Back to the rectal exam... my daughter is a champ. She kicked and screamed and fought the shizz out of that doctor as soon as she saw that finger coming near her tushie. That's my girl! And when it was all over (which was really in a matter of seconds), she demanded to play with my iPhone. And she got it.