Our life has been more than crazy lately, I’ll leave all those details for another post. But today we had to get LJ a chest x-ray because he’s had a cough for 2.5 weeks and the pediatrician suspected pneumonia. (Turns out it wasn’t pneumonia but bronchiolitis from RSV, still not awesome but better than pneumonia, I guess).
While at the x-ray lab I tried to brief LJ that x-rays don’t hurt, he had to be brace because I couldn’t be in the room wth him (radiation + pregnancy = don’t do that). He was stoked. “Yeah, I know all about x-rays mom. I learned about it on Sesame Street. Will I get to see my bones?!!”
Whatever dude, as long as you’re not scared and we can make this a painless experience.
So he goes in for his X-ray and is turning on the charm for the Tech. The door closes and I can’t hear anything.
APARENTLY while he was in there he was a rockstar but he kept saying that he loved to learn about bones and the body and he would love to see his bones. The sweet Tech told him he could after they were all done.
She’s all done with the actual x-rays and she lets me and E come in. Says she needs to pull them up to make sure they’re good pics and show LJ bc she promised.
So he comes running over so excited and she pulls up the first pic:
LJ: “Whoah!! Those are my bones! Look mommy! I see my teeth! Ohhhh and my ribs!”
Tech: “Yeah and check that out that’s your heart… your tummy…”
LJ: “What are those black dots?”
Me: “Well bud, that’s pretty much poop in your colon before it comes out.”
LJ: “You can see my POOP on an x-ray? That’s.. SO… COOL!!” 😂😂
Fast forward about 5 hours and LJ (in full on batman Halloween costume) is with me and E in Walmart buying all the disinfectant things and some food. In the dairy aisle he proclaims that he needs to pee. So we rush to the back of the store potty.
I’ve got a full cart full of stuff, E has no shoes on and is a runner, and too heavy for me to carry for extended periods of time, so I park the cart right by the potty entrance, walk LJ in quickly then come out to wait. There was no one in there so every few min I yell in, “how ya doing bud?” And he replies:
LJ: “I’m good, I had to poop too!”
Me: “Ok well let me know when you need me.”
Another few min goes by and I decide it’s been quite long enough so I grab E and head in.
Homeboy has his complete costume and shoes off, lying on the floor. He’s sitting on the potty, stall door wide open.
Me: “How’s it going?”
LJ: “Mom, I had to pee AND poop and guess what?!!”
LJ: “The x-ray WAS right. I DID have to poop. And it was a lot just like the x-ray showed!!! Isn’t that fascinating???”
Me: “Well that’s why you use x-rays to see what’s going on inside your body, I guess.”
LJ: “Well thank goodness I got an x-ray so I would know I had to poop!”
Poor older woman cleaning the bathrooms was probably beside herself.
I predict a fascination in radiology from here on out.