For the past three weeks, Maybelle has had on-again, off-again diarrhea. Here is the good news:
- Despite occasional cramping, she's feeling just great. Happy, enthusiastic, energetic, doing dance parties and requesting experiences like, "Go walk. Go bike. Go wagon." Last night Biffle had a hard time getting her to choose which of these three she wanted.
- Having a great deal of pooping going on means that she's had lots of opportunities to practice sitting on the potty. We have a "Sit on the Potty" song that she now knows and can sing/sign along with. Perhaps the first steps of potty training will be a beneficial side effect of this experience.
- She's in preschool, which isn't cheap, and we've paid for the month of May. However, despite the fact that it no longer appears that she's contagious, she's not allowed to go to preschool if she's got runny poo. So we're paying for preschool, and then we're paying for very generous wonderful people (we love you all!) to come to our house at the last minute to take care of her when she poops at school and is sent home. I recognize that this is just part of being a working parent, but it's a bit of a budgetary shock.
- Not to mention a scheduling challenge: two Sundays ago, I spent around 11 hours trying to find a sitter for Monday. What we need is a person who lives in Charleston, who would love to hang out with Maybelle at the very last minute if need be--who would, in fact, consider it kind of a plus if Maybelle isn't able to go to school from time to time (hello, Nonny?).
- Two words: stool sample. Biffle and I had to collect a stool sample for our pediatrician. So this morning, while I was getting poo smeared all over my watchband and trying to wipe it off various parts of Maybelle's body, Biffle had to take the diaper and siphon its contents into several vials, which I delivered to our pediatrician. He's testing her for everything--from parasites to giardia. His idea is that she has none of these things. He thinks that since she's healthy, not feverish, no low energy, that she's fine--she'll get over this. And I think he's hoping he can make a case to get her back into school by proving all the tests she's passed. We'll see if that works.