First, an update on our appointment.
On September 11 we ended our 2+ month wait to get into the BRICK clinic. We were told we would see G.I. doctor and a child psychologist. But when Annique and I got there, we met with only the G.I. doc. We met with a nice doctor in the G.I. clinic but were disappointed because we had just seen a different doctor with that same clinic two months ago who basically gave us the same information (sticker charts, positive reinforcement- things we've been doing since May). We were hoping a psychologist would shed some light on the situation. She told us there would be a six month wait for the psychology department. She said since it was a scheduling mistake on the part of CMH, she'd try to get us in by late October. I said please call if there was a cancellation.
Many tears were shed that night.
On Monday, September 15, I got a call from CMH. I was waiting to hear when in October they got us in, but no- there was a cancellation for that afternoon! I was so thankful to only have to wait four days!! While Camille was at Grandma's, we headed to the (much closer) Overland Park location.
The same G.I. doctor from four days ago was there along with a wonderful psychologist. I felt he listened well and gave me new ideas to try. He also offered support during the process. If we were having trouble with the new ideas, I could contact him for help and suggestions. We have a follow-up appointment later on as well. It was exactly what I was hoping for!
So where are we today? Progress has definitely been made. It is now Annique's idea to use the potty about 80% of the time (for pee). That is huge. Just this week, it was her idea to use the potty at Grandma's house- I think for the first time ever! The steps are tiny but there.
She still struggles with using any potty other than ours at home. She has never used a potty at church/preschool. She has only used Grandma's potty with Mommy there- never with Grandma or Grandpa. Dan and I struggle with this issue the most as it makes our lives difficult. Often her behavior is poor due to her discomfort, but since she's not at home- others have to experience and/or deal with the self-imposed suffering and the poor behavior that results. Also, we feel we would just be torturing ourselves to attempt to travel to visit family with her.
She also struggles with the idea that she needs to poop everyday. Fortunately, her daily dose of Mirilax is keeping her regular. I feel we'll be on that for awhile! Especially because of her impressive ability to withhold BM's. (Six days.)
Thank you for taking the time to read about our struggle. I would ask for you to please take a little more time and say a prayer for us:
Father, please remove Annique's anxieties about the potty. Please help her to have confidence. Please help her to recognize and find joy in her own progress and success. I also pray for You to be near to Mom and Dad, especially as they experience frustration and hopelessness at times during this process. Thank you for being a God who cares so deeply about your children. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thank you, friends! We'll take all the prayers we can get!!