The Pits

{My mother-in-law rescues dogs and loves on them until she finds them good homes.  Because you really don’t want to see any pictures pertinent to the following post :), I’ve included some shots of a handful of her little darlings.  There are lots more to see, so if you’re interested in giving a good home to one of these guys or want to see pictures of more, then email me–or leave a comment–and I’ll forward your information on to her.}


Last Friday, I was killing a little time at a furniture store in downtown Dothan, before I popped across the street to take Mary Aplin to a birthday party at the Art Museum (yes! we do have one of those here).  Her tummy had not been normal that morning, but she’s (almost) 4, and I figured she had just eaten something that didn’t sit well with her the night before…I was soon to find out how wrong I was.


Mommy,” I hear an urgent little voice squeak, “I need to go potty bad.”


I grabbed her hand and ran to the restroom, only to find that much of the (ahem) deed had already occurred in her panties…And something was bad wrong.  There was also no toilet paper or paper towels to be found in the bathroom–Yay!  I’ll save you the gory (literally) details, although I’ve been talking to everybody in the world about bowel movements lately–like it’s the most normal dinner conversation in the world.


We’re working on day seven of this horrific illness, and for the past three days she has spent the majority of her days unable to get off the commode.  It’s been hell.


I’ve taken her to the doctor, I’ve talked to three different doctor-friends that I trust, and I still get overwhelmed and scared for my tough, sickly little chicken wing when I see her wiped out and unable to get off the potty for long periods of time.  I told my friend that I feel like nobody is hearing me when I tell them how bad this thing is.  Surely stronger men have died from this very affliction, and I’m watching my helpless 3 year old bear it?!  It hurts my heart!


We are still waiting for some lab work to come back.  The first two tests (C. Diff and Rotavirus) have come back negative, and we’re waiting for the other cultures to…grow, yuck.  Anywho, I know this isn’t a fun blog, but it is all that my world has entailed for the week.  I would covet your prayers.  I’m sure it really is just diarrhea, but my (crazy, pregnant) mother-instinct has been going off like a siren–scared it’s something worse.  Hopefully, I’ll be back with good news and something a little more interesting next week.  Until then, I’m off to wipe a little hiney, disinfect two sets of hands, and lysol a bathroom for the eight hundred and fifty-nine thousandth time.

21 Responses to “The Pits”

  1. Liz McNeil says:

    So sorry to hear about your little girl! No fun for her or the rest of your family. Will be praying all heals itself very soon!

  2. Hoping and praying that everything comes back normal and negative. I hope she is better really soon too because that is just miserable for anyone, especially a 3 year old.
    I’ve been following your blog for years, love it. I recently met your hubby at Omnifit. Also, my sweet Lydia is almost 4 and at FPC, so maybe she and MA will be in the same class in the future.

  3. kathleen says:

    Are you on well water out there on your property? Have you had the well/ water checked?? Honestly I have heard blackberries have some natural properties that help people –I have a bottle of blackberry brandy for such events. ahem. honestly tastes good on Paula Deens poundcake too. Anyway — should bottled water -the 5 gallon water service be a solution in the mean time ?? I hope she feels better soon –the change in whats out there –I mean you are experiencing a culture shift — the water out west now did you think it tasted great or what? Also, could yoghurt help get all the good bacteria aligned to fight the bad stuff??? These were my gut reactions to your post LOL laughter is the best medicine — just love puns ya’ll

  4. Shannon says:

    I hate to hear when the little ones are sick. Mine just went through two weeks of ear crap. I’ll be praying that she feels all better and that it is NOTHING to be worried about. All will be praying for your strength through all of the caring plus baby growing. I second Kathleen’s suggestion on the yogurt!
    Thanks for sharing the sweet pic’s of the rescues. I have a heart for dogs but no where to keep them!

  5. laurenbtrain says:

    praying for you and your little lady! being sick is NO fun.

  6. margaret says:

    I will definitely pray for her (and you). I know how easy it is to worry! I’m the worst. Especially when it comes to the kids! Dru thinks I am nuts :). Hope she feels much better very soon!

  7. Darby says:

    Oh Abby, I had no idea you were going through this mess!! My goodness you know she has to be miserable. Did anyone offer her Zofran? It usually helps stop ’em up. Angie always suggests putting them on the BRAT diet– which I’m sure you’re aware of…. bananas, rice, apple sauce, dry toast. I will call you later to check in. You are not over-reactive… that’s a long time for a little one to be sick with something so horrid. Praying for you!!

  8. Darby says:

    Oh and that last 3 legged dog is so sweet!! But I don’t want it… just like it! 🙂

  9. Becca says:

    🙁 I hope Mary Aplin feels better soon! Also, your mother-in-law is doing such an amazing thing! I wish I could take one of those pups off of her hands 🙂 Cudos to her!!

  10. Angela says:

    My two oldest have both had salmonella. We think my daughter got it from the dog licking her in the face after killing a lizard. We are pretty sure my son got it from filling his water gun from the outside dog water bowl (we did not know he was doing that). They were 18 months and 2 years, respectively. It was pure hell so I know what you are going through. They had bloody stools and very high fevers and both required an emergency room visit. I could not believe that it kept going for so long too. They told us it takes 3-5 days of being infected before they get sick. So sorry you have to go through this and I will pray for Mary Aplin’s healing.

  11. Lynn says:

    I’m so sorry for you and your daughter. Having had c.diff I know how bad the constant “going” can be. I highly recommend using probiotics every day. I’m sure that she has very little good bacteria in her intestines – and a probiotic will put the good bacteria back in there. Ask your doctor – but it can’t hurt her – can only help. Praying for your sweet family.

  12. Katie says:

    so so so sorry Abby!!! I immediately thought Rotavirus until you said they already checked! I had a friend whose little girl had salmonella and it sounds a lot like that. It was awful! I am so very sorry! you have the right to be concerned. I can tell you, go with your gut. You are her mother and you know something is wrong. I will pray for answers and healing!

  13. Katheen says:

    You say your are renting.. is not landlord responsible for checking out the well —and is the property on a properly located septic tank system????

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Reese had salmonella last year and this sounds very similar. After conferring with the health felt. we think he got it from a grocery shopping cart. I suggest yogurt and maybe some provoking supplements, and no milk for a few days.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Reese had salmonella last year and this sounds very similar. After conferring with the health felt. we think he got it from a grocery shopping cart. I suggest yogurt and maybe some probiotic supplements, and no milk for a few days.

  16. gail says:

    We just picked up Ashley’s two dogs. They flew for 2o hrs. from Hawaii to us in N.C. and drove another two hours via car to VA….Unreal…but, HAPPY, HAPPY doggies!!! One looks so like the one above..the white bull with the black eye! LOL…Water, trees, water, trees…is all they wanted for about one hour after arriving safe and sound!!! LOL…I pray your girl is on the mends today….NOT fun!!! Ashley has to now fly for 10 hrs. to their new home in KY…You know how that goes with two little ones! LOL..You give me hope that all will be well soon! :O)

  17. lori says:

    Sorry to hear of Mary Aplin’s illness. If it is salmonella wondering if maybe she is getting re-infected by being around all those different dogs. Of course it may not be that. Praying
    for healing.

  18. Corinne says:

    Prayers for Mary Aplin, you and your family. Poor little sweet thing…
    Hope she’s feeling back to normal soon.

  19. Ashley says:

    A friend’s son had stomach problems, diarrhea and vomiting and it ended up being a form of E. Coli. Make sure they check for that.

  20. Katherine Etheredge says:

    Abby – T started with the same “symptoms” on Friday, September 16th and it lasted until the following Wednesday. And another little girl at HA also had it for a week. Hope MA just has a bug and nothing more serious.

  21. Abby…I know this is a few days late, but so sorry to hear about Mary Applin feeling so bad! I didn’t know Mrs. Linda took in stray dogs, but since she does, she would love to hear this story about a little pit-bull puppy named Harper. My twin sister sent me the link the other day:

    I thought it might encourage all of you!

    Hope you and little baby boy are doing well these days:)

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