The Celiac Story: Part XII

Note: This is the latest in a series of posts about The Kid’s Celiac disease diagnosis. They will all be collected under the Gluten Schmuten category tag.


Once we started seeing ol’ Dr. Lackluster, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the local children’s hospital, the myriad of reasons why The Kid’s poop was of a hummus-like color and consistency came to play.

We started going backwards into changes in her diet, at school and at home. We did research as to what could cause this to happen. After a while, The Wife started to remind me of Laura Dern in Jurassic Park, sifting through dinosaur poop in the above clip, only not as leggy (And don’t start any crap either. The Wife is 5-3. She’s my everything. She is not ever going to be leggy.).

So, the yellow poop was actually steatorrhea, or fatty diarrhea resulting from The Kid’s inability to absorb fats. In a previous post, I showed photos of a healthy intestine and one with Celiac disease. The Celiac intestine lacks the furry villi that holds trips up the digested food so it can be absorbed. So, rather than her body absorbing the digested fat, it shot through her like it was on the bobsled run at Lake Placid (SIDE NOTE: I did that once. It’s a good thing that they give you a helmet because my head scraped along the inside of the tubes on the turns. They really ought to have a height limit for those things.). Thus, fatty poop.

I get graphic because The Wife informs me that The Kid had a mixed poop bag tonight. Some brown and normal and some yellow and loose. Immediately, The Wife turned into Dr. Ellie Sattler running a full history of the past 48 hours and what she may or may not have eaten.

It could be one of two things: 1) The Kid got grabby with someone else’s food at daycare while no one else was looking. 2) The body is still healing, which is more likely the case. Some of the forums on the topic, which I refuse to link to because online forums are full of nuts, talk about how the body may still experience steatorrhea as the villi rebuild. And, it’s very possible to experience what we did tonight: a half-and-half poop.


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