Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TMI: On the Matter of Floaters

I warned you. Only mothers concerned with their children's poop will care to read this. The thing is that, because of several cases of our toilet not flushing everything in one go, I noticed that Marguerite's stool is always a combination of floaters and sinkers. The floaters cause the need for repeated flushing. Either I simply have a probing mind or I'm a natural worrywart, but I dared to broach the subject with my mother and sister. My sister assured me that floaters are good quality poop. She said that they indicate a fiber-rich diet. Momentarily appeased, I put off the research I had been all set out to do until it finally occurred to me that hey, Chip has been wrong before (the thing about her is that she says things with such authority and in an incredibly convincing manner that I really just tend to take her word as Gospel -- even as a child, far be it from her to admit she didn't know; she would invent stuff just to give you an answer, lol). I googled the matter and found that floaters can actually be indication of disease. I didn't think Marguerite's case would fall under any of them though, so the other explanation was the amount of gas in the poop. To give credit to Chip, I did find an article (you'll find anything on the Internet) that said vegetarians generally produce floaters. As confused as I am as to the real cause of floating poop, the confusion has actually given me temporary relief. Marguerite's bowel movement, except for the fascination of the floating portion, appears to me as normal and healthy. Now, I believe you'll be thankful for the lack of picture. Good day to you all!

4 comments:

The Kano said...

Wow! As the author of a blog titled "Lizard Poop!" this entry really intrigued me! I gleaned more information than I ever knew about floaters. I can safely say that your blog entry wasn't just a load of crap!

swirlyagelessmind said...

my dear sister...all i can say, given my relatively rich vocabulary is...yuck! anyway, it was allison who shared that information with me so i wasn't just making things up...maybe ali made it up but i certainly did not.

Sharkbytes said...

Mothers of toddlers can't help it. 80% of conversations involve potty talk.

As for people making up information when they don't really know an answer, better a sister than a professor. I had one of the latter... not a confidence builder when you ask questions

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: lol at the pun!

@Chip: I didn't say you were wrong. I said you'd been wrong before. :)

@Sharkbytes: Too true, lol. And if it's a professor passing off made up stuff as information, then that's almost criminal.