Wednesday, 6 June 2012


   Pup is in pain tonight. He does get stomach pains, and often we are at a loss to help. This is one of those times. It's been sore for a couple of days. I've done the abdominal massage, I've done the calpol. He's had some very strong laxatives to clear him out (with good effect yesterday!). We are just praying it's not a serious blockage. When he was four he had emergency surgery for a blockage that put his bowel into spasm and he got an intussuseption when the bowel telescopes in on itself. It is less likely to happen again now he's older, but he does have DIOS, a CF related digestive problem.

  Often we struggle to know how bad his stomach pain is, and sometime whether it is genuine or not. He tends to complain of it more  when he is nervous (fair enough), but also when he has to do things he doesn't want to do - like eat. Food is NOT his thing. But tonight he does seem genuinely to be in severe pain, he calls it a 'spiky' pain and he hates it. We've sent him to bed with a hymnbook. Sounds silly? Singing always helps him feel better, it relaxes him and probably relaxes his stomach muscles too. I can hear 'Once in Royal David's city' coming from his room, with occasional bursts of some of the Jubilee songs he's learning in choir, or 'Easy Rider'. Or 'Heads shoulders knees and toes.' He enjoys a wide range of music. If he gets too sore he'll be down to tell us; but with luck he'll go off to sleep soon, that's the best thing for him!

Things were a lot happier this morning!


  1. I hope he feels better tomorrow. What an awful thing for him to have to endure, but great that you've found something to help - singing hey, who would have thought. (Although I strongly encourage all and any musical activity!).

    Great photo by the way x

  2. He's much better today!

    Yes, we are all for music 'therapy', both our boys love to sing and bash any musical instruments they can get their hands on!