To Poop or Not To Poop

Captain’s Log: Seven days ago my 4-year-old daughter dropped something into her princess potty that looked like a lump of clay someone would give you in a pottery class to spin into a salad bowl. It’s not the first time this has happened.

Seven days have passed again and we are back in the same spot. Code Brown! Code Brown! What is going on here? Lydia is ducking off behind doorways with her legs cross and refusing to go air jordan 5 anywhere near the bathroom. It looks like she is straining to try to hold it in. I am just a regular guy— I didn’t major in child excrement behavior.

Meanwhile, work responsibilities are calling. Several hours later it’s 10:30 p.m. and I am working five feet away from the bathroom where my wife is doing everything she can to coach Lydia into letting it go. She sounds like a midwife in a birthing session. Can I really tell my customers I can’t talk because I am waiting for my daughter to poop? That’s not going to fly. Prioritize, change schedule, communicate to customers and keep chopping away at this workload, that’s what I have to do.

At midnight I can still hear my daughter waking every half hour or so. I decide to call the doctor. I am shocked when he tells me he has seen children go as long as 18 days like this. He settles my biggest fear by telling me that this problem should pose no health threat to her.

“The body has its way of working air jordan 3 femmes these types of things out,” he says. “She will eventually go. Don’t worry unless she starts to run a fever.” He goes on to tell me that in most cases this problem is psychological. “Children can be much more manipulative than people think.”

I hang up the phone, relieved but baffled. Lydia is supposed to start preschool in the fall and we have been telling her that she has to be good about using the potty or she will not be able to attend. Is she so afraid of school that she is doing this to herself?