The Boy had his appointment with the gastrointestinal specialist today. We were very concerned about his pooping and the consistency and his difficulty in controlling his bowels as a result. We thought that it might be due to the radiation.
I'm not sure how definitive the answer was as to whether the radiation had any effect, but The Boy has been ordered to cut down on the fruit juice. I had thought about that awhile ago, but I guess it never really stuck. Fruit juice has a lot of sugar, and the sugar is the likely cause of his loose bowels.
Of course, I'd been trying to say on numerous occasions that I didn't want The Boy to have too much candy and sugar. For potty training or otherwise. Because I know it's not good for him. Particularly, it's not good for him as a cancer survivor, because cancer feeds on sugar.
It was more important for us to get the calories in him, hence the permissiveness with the juice, but I'm more than happy to scale back on the treats. He can have a little bit of diluted juice at each meal; the rest of the time, it's water or the occasional cup of soy milk.
So maybe the radiation made him more sensitive, but we're going to try cutting down on the sugar, particularly juice, and seeing how it works.