Saw my PCP today hoping for a med change...

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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 1/15/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
As the title says, I did see my PCP today hoping she would help me with my pain a little better until I saw the PM doctor in February. I talked to Chutz about this just last night in the chat room! LOL Anyway, I took my pain journal in and just sat and talked to her about the fact that the Vicodin that she gave me to take 3 times a day, just wasn't helping to improve my quality of life! My pulse and blood pressure was up at the appt. and when she listened to my chest, she said my pulse was racing. I told her it had to be the pain causing it! So she increased my Neurontin from 300mg 3x a day to 600 mg 3x a day and gave me Oxycodone to try to help with the pain. I've taken it one time today, and can already tell a difference. Not a huge difference, but still a difference. I was able to at least do the dishes without having to take a break every 5 minutes. I was also able to take a much needed nap without hurting and waking up after 30 minutes. I'll call this appt a success!

BTW, I am on day 2 now of potty training my 2 year old son, so I'm calling out to all of you moms out there! Any tips or suggestions on getting through potty training would be VERY helpful! LOL

Take care,
Tammy
Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Meds: Neurontin 300mg.

First PM appt on February 5th!


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   Posted 1/15/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tammy!...glad to see that you got some help! It' seems like it's been a while since I have talked to you...and I'm having a hard time remembering you in the chat room last night!....oh well, see what the meds are doing to me! :) We are potty training a cat, and getting close, but not there yet. The little stinker is stubborn! Take care, and I will look for you in the chat room :)

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   Posted 1/15/2010 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
How about some tips from a Dad....you know some of us are more hands on after the birth of a kid than before. smilewinkgrin

Every kid is different in what they will respond to, and there are literally a hundred things you can try to make potty training a success, but the bottom line is that until the kid is ready it isn't going to happen.

I started training my son, who is now 4, at 2 years old and it took about a year before he was trained. Either he just was not truly ready at 2 or it took us a year to find something that worked. We tried the the seat adapter for the toilet, we tried the potty training chair, we tried turning him around backwards on the regular toilet, we tried putting him in regular underwear during the day so when he did go he would know it, we tried letting him run around without any pants...nothing, nadda, zip. We tried all of these because we knew people who used these techniques with success. It wasn't until we stumbled upon a toddler urinal called a Peter Potty that we had any luck. He loved it because he could go to the potty like a big boy....standing up. Once he started using that he was 90% trained in less than a week, and at the end of that week he had also trained himself to go number 2 in the regular toilet. Like I said before though, every kid is different. Also it is not uncommon for boys not to complete potty training before 3-3 1/2 years where as girls are often good to go in the 2 to 2 1/2 year range.

Anyway some "universal" tips:

Be supportive
Don't get mad at mistakes.
Remember that you are on his time table and not the other way around.
If possible let him go into the bathroom with Dad to see how "big boys" do it. Him and Dad can even have a "race" to see who can go first.
Take him to the bathroom every hour until he goes, and then skip the hour after he goes.
Reward (small) him for trying. Reward (big) him for success. A "small" reward could be a hug and kiss, a big reward could be the hug and kiss and a cookie or something.
Once he starts progressing take him to the store and let him pick out some underwear.
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Tammy,
 
       Good evening *warm huggs* I am oh so glad your appointment went well. Be sure to add the good news to your pain journal aswell. Gosh, what a relief! Finally! This could be really good for you :-)
 
       On to the good stuff! Potty Training is a blast! so keep the camera ready and at hand!
 
    1. Potty Passport! make a small passport. Take a picture and paste it on the inside of first page. Then make each page with a "graph" for the day. Leave lots of spaces to "fill" a page with tiny stickers for each time the potty is used that day.
 
    2. Reward Chart! make a chart with large boxes for each day out lining each week! Keep it in a place like the kitchen so you can show off those wonderful achievments! And be sure to get big sparkly stickers for the reward chart! At the end of each day the potty is used put a "Big sticker" in the chart. At the end of one week (i did 5 days) make sure there is a set reward, and under the boxes for that week be sure to draw a little picture of what the "reward" will be. So you both can "see" and "talk" about the neat reward your working towards :-)
 
     3.!!Be sure go all out!! We had parties! Nearly each week for months with both our girls :-)
 
      4. ...... So my youngest daughter wanted a "potty" for her dolly. So we got one of the ones that sit on the floor. (we used just the regular toilet attachments and step stool for the girls) In any case, she wanted her dolly to go potty with her too and that was fine. Later when I talked to the peditrician about it, its apparently very normal for them to want a potty for their doll or even to take the small floor potty around the house as a seat (though neither girl did the latter). And when I am not so tired, i will dig out the potty book and find out who the author is and post it.
 
 Oh I I loved it when my bumblebees were that little!!!! Your gonna have a blast!
 
*warm huggs*
    dani

 

 

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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Jim, I really appreciate your advice! Sounds like you are very much more hands-on than my husband! I asked him to take Jaden to the bathroom to show him how "big boys" do it, and he almost ran out the door! LOL It's mostly me when it comes to Jaden, it's been that way since he was born really. I'm a stay at home mom and love it! In a way, I try to do too much and don't let my husband get as involved as I am. Maybe I just really like my son relying on me more.

Anyway, we had 2 pee pee successes today and 3 yesterday, so I'd say we're starting off on the right foot! I still can't tell yet if he's truly ready. He's not really talking great yet, he's in speech therapy right now. Not that he's really speech delayed, he just didn't have much to say before! LOL The therapist is shocked that he's made so much progress in a month's time, and is even talking about him not needing her anymore. He really doesn't tell me when he has to go potty. That's been a big issue. I am hoping to get to that point soon. Right now it's just timing and luck! LOL
Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Meds: Neurontin 300mg.

First PM appt on February 5th!


Tammy <3


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 Here we go. Author is "Joanna Cole". :-)

EDIT: OOps, LOL. Called "My Big Boy Potty" also have one for girls and lots of other neat books too


 

 

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Post Edited (Dani Henson) : 1/15/2010 10:18:13 PM (GMT-7)


Jadensmommy
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much Dani! I'll be sure to check it out!
Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Meds: Neurontin 300mg.

First PM appt on February 5th!


Tammy <3


Jim1969
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   Posted 1/16/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Tammy, I am a stay at home Dad so I have to be hands on when it comes to raising my kid. I have been home with him since he was 6 weeks old.

Don't worry about your little guy not telling you when he has to go. Before long you will get tired of hearing "Mommy I gotta go"....LOL.

A big part of the potty training process is for the kid to learn to recognize needing to go before it is too late. You gotta remember for the last couple of years he just went when he needed to and didn't have to worry about feeling full. Asking him and having him try is a big part of learning this.
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Jim1969
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   Posted 1/16/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Tammy, I am a stay at home Dad so I have to be hands on when it comes to raising my kid. I have been home with him since he was 6 weeks old.

Don't worry about your little guy not telling you when he has to go. Before long you will get tired of hearing "Mommy I gotta go"....LOL.

A big part of the potty training process is for the kid to learn to recognize needing to go before it is too late. You gotta remember for the last couple of years he just went when he needed to and didn't have to worry about feeling full. Asking him and having him try is a big part of learning this.
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   Posted 1/16/2010 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim gave you some good tips. I have gone through potty training 4 times and I can tell you from experience that girls are sooooo much easier than boys. He also was right when he told you that it is not unusual for boys to be way behind the times when it comes to being potty trained. Our pediatrician told me that it is far more common to see boys still not fully potty trained until 4........sigh
Anyway, the best thing that we ever did was not invest in pull ups. Those things are the worst things for boys when it comes to potty training. They feel too much like diapers so boys don't feel the need to rush to the bathroom so stay away from them.
I bought big boy underwear that they picked out. We set a day that we had nothing else going on, no need to rush out somewhere and that was the day. After each drink or meal they went to the potty after about half an hour. Thankfully I was real familiar with their body habits so that helps to have some idea of when they usually went.......and we had success. In fact, we only had one accident during training- and that was due to an ear infection.
I never had to buy night time pull ups or even throw out a pair of underwear because of an accident and I was really proud of both of my sons.....
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   Posted 1/16/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy!

Couple of things...

Re: potty training... I've done that x6, with all boys. You've gotten great tips already here (rewards/incentives, books to read, etc)... plus, it sounds like you are already making some good progress w/ your son.

The one thing, though, that I learned by about son #3... was to just wait until they were almost three. That way, they have much better verbal skills, etc. That seemed to make such a difference. Also, I've got two kids that had speech issues... and that was especially true with them. I also agree w/ what Sandi said about pull-ups... we never used them...and I'm really glad... The majority of my friends used them...and some had kids still in them at night at ages 5, 6, etc. Once my kids were potty-trained, they were dry through the night. But, again, they were about 3 by the time they were fully trained. Anyway, that's just what worked for us! You gotta see what works for you and your son... but, regardless, good luck!!

Re: your doctor appointment.... I'm really glad that your doctor added in the oxycodone and that you are seeing that it is helping. It's so nice to read when someone finds something that helps w/ the pain, even just a little...

I'll be pulling for you as you tackle "potty training" ... and I hope you to continue to find relief w/ your pain meds.
Take good care -- Tina
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   Posted 1/16/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
what worked for my son was just going no diaper and if he wets or poops he wont like the way it feels and eventually they stiop doing it! works like a charm.

youve got to be patient and have extra clothes and undies around.
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   Posted 1/16/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy,

So glad to hear that the change in meds is helping you find more relief! That is fantastic! Hopefully the relief will only increase once your body adjusts to the new meds.

Good luck with your son. That's something that I'm not looking forward to for when I have kids some day.

hugs,
Skeye
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