Milwaukee Day 1: Bowel Clean Out

It’s been a long ass day ya’ll. I mean that.

We were up and on the road to Milwaukee (4 hour drive straight East) by 4:00 am.

I was so thankful there are Kwik trips all along the way to Milwaukee. I had to stop for gas on the way and I had to use the bathroom so Gannon came with me! Can you imagine how difficult it is to hold a child the entire time you go to the bathroom and wash your hands? It was great. He was still in his jammies. People were judgy. It’s fine.

When we finally got here, there is a TON of construction so I got lost in the parking ramp and the whole time I was trying to find my way there was a jack hammer running in the loud echoey parking ramp that made me and Gannon both a little anxious.

Finally got in, checked in, with all the bags, just me and Ganjo, and that was a ride. A dad passed me carrying a single empty infant car seat. HA! Only a dad could do that – no diaper bag, just whizzed right by no problem followed by me with the toy bag, the clothes bag, my fanny pack, and the stroller loaded down. I’m sure it was a sight to see.

The Iowa/Wisconsin border over the Mississippi was beautiful

Gannon got some meds to help him relax (intranasal versed) which was great. He was so giggly by the time we were starting the IV and putting the tube down his nose. It went okay, he wasn’t completely asleep by any means but he won’t remember anything. That was all great and fine. The flight team was a dream and got the IV no problem.

So began the Go Litley. They have to clean Gannon completely out just like adults do for their colonoscopy. That sucked. The first two hours wasn’t bad and then all hell broke loose.

Gannon isn’t allowed anything but water apple juice or jello. The go litley goes through his NG tube. On top of that they had to give Gannon an enema. This is the last happy picture of Gannon I have from today. Things went downhill after this.

Guys, the orange jello came out the other end looking like Intact orange jello. I thought he puked – nope. That’s all I’m gonna say. It was terrible.

I went through three outfits, so many bed changes, my clothes are in the laundry in the parents lounge. Gannon would cry whenever another wave of diarrhea came. We are going to be continuing the enemas HOURLY on top of the go litley going in at 300 ml/hr.

Then Gannon’s IV came out. UGH. The flight team, again, amazing, came today start another one only this time no versed. Gannon can’t have any pain or sedation medications at all or it will skew his studies tomorrow.

So so so many doctors have been in to see Gannon and you guys, they are CONCERNED. They think that all of these issues are all tied together! They want to investigate it! They want to do more imaging! They believe me and can’t believe no one else has been able to put together the puzzle. There is a lot of talk about a neurology referral and possibly an MRI of the spine to check for abnormalities that could be causing all of these issues. However, Gannon really only was referred for the motility testing, not neuro concerns so there’s some red tape there. I say bust through the red tape and give us some answers.

Gannon’s belly is so distended and they are working on that right now. They think there is still poop stuck up in there – that everything else is coming around it and that’s why his belly is getting more distended instead of less distended as we clean him out.

Here’s a picture – those lumps? Those are literally his bowels, right under the skin. Everyone comments that his abdominal muscles are separated but they actually are concerned about it today. When should that go away? When does that get better?

He’s finally asleep but it was so hard to get him to sleep and for him to let me put him down. We will see how the night goes. I’m hoping it is restful. It’s already been a long ass day.

A year ago today, I was spending my time with my Dad in his last few hours on earth. At 12:15 am, it will be one year since I last heard his voice. I think the kindest thing anyone can do is reach out on death anniversaries and so so many people have to let us know that he isn’t forgotten. Thank you.

Tomorrow is the big day – what we’ve been waiting for – the manometry study. I’ll explain more later. For now, it’s only 7 but I’m heading to bed. Who knows what kind of sleep I’ll get tonight (and yes that is a pull up over a diaper, the CNA thought of that!)



  1. Judy
    June 2, 2020 / 12:26 am

    My heart goes out to you and your little cutie. Hoping for some real answers and solutions this time

  2. amy
    June 2, 2020 / 12:30 am

    Keeping you in prayer. Hooe you get some answers. Thinking of you all. #kramerstrong

    • Cathy Odle
      June 2, 2020 / 1:00 am

      Hang in there Mom. I hope you get some answers and solutions.

  3. Dee
    June 2, 2020 / 12:36 am

    I hope you get some answers and I will be thinking of your entire family.

  4. Anita
    June 2, 2020 / 12:39 am

    My heart hurts for you and Gannon. God bless you and the drs.

  5. Catherina
    June 2, 2020 / 1:48 am

    I am praying for your little guy, and for all of you! May God give you wisdom and courage to seek answers and determine the right treatments . . .

  6. Linda in NE
    June 2, 2020 / 1:50 am

    After all this I hope you get some answers. You’d think all those smart doctors could put their heads together and come up with some way of helping Gannon who’s such a little trooper & so good natured. You hang in there too, mom!

  7. Connie
    June 2, 2020 / 2:13 am

    Thank you for the update. I am glad to hear that they are listening to you and they are concerned. Will continue to pray for you all and the doctors and nurses.

  8. Ann Gupton
    June 2, 2020 / 2:17 am

    Finally getting closer to an answer. Knowing that they are concerned is comforting….finally. Prayers for Gannon tonight and you for a good rest and answers coming soon. ❤️

  9. Jan Knispel
    June 2, 2020 / 2:18 am

    So glad your doctors are finally on board and concerned about finding answers. Good luck and I hope Gannon has as little discomfort and difficulty as possible. I hope you get some rest too. We have to remember our parents and others who have passed away, as we are their voices now.

  10. Cindy Kuipers
    June 2, 2020 / 2:26 am

    Been there, done that. My heart goes out to you and your family. My son, who is now 25, spina bifida, had to have bowel augmentation. Bowel clean out is not fun, NG tubes are not fun, any kind of surgery and the recovery is not fun; thank goodness for versed!I hope all goes well and you get some answers.

  11. Sydney
    June 2, 2020 / 2:37 am

    Prayers for you and Gannon! Praying they find out what is going on and they can help your little man. Such a difficult time for you both. God bless.

  12. Anne Simonot
    June 2, 2020 / 2:56 am

    Sounds like a day.. wow. Really hoping you get some answers! It’s been a long road for you. Best wishes from Canada.

  13. Angie
    June 2, 2020 / 3:53 am

    Bless his heart and yours too for all you are going through. Prayers that some answers are found to correct his issues.

  14. Ellie
    June 2, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    Prayers for you and Gannon and the medical staff. Some answers for this beautiful boy and his happy smiling nature. The world needs that smile.

  15. Elle
    June 2, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Sending you big hugs on this first anniversary without Dad on earth.

    Prayers for answers on your little guy’s gut concerns. Thank you for taking the time to keep us informed.

  16. Susan the Farm Quilter
    June 2, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    You have had a rough road the last 18 months. My prayers are with you, your family, Gannon and his medical team! Answers are definitely needed, sooner rather than later!! Your dad will not be forgotten!

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