What is it about turning 50 that makes you obsessed with your bowels? - page 2
by BostonTerrierLoverRN | 6,764 Views | 34 Comments
I here them on the phone telling their best friends about a new fiber product that really "promotes regularity," to save you the southern colloquialisms about going number II. The daily "occurence" is almost celebrated! If it... Read More
- 4Mar 30, '12 by classicdame Guidewhen I attended nursing school the term used was BOB (bowels on the brain). Now that I am older I know how painful and sick I can be if my plumbing is not right, but I HOPE I am not afflicted with BOB
- 3Mar 30, '12 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN GuideIt gets better........when my sister (age 65) was in elementary school, they lined up the kids every morning and gave them each a spoonful of castor oil for this exact purpose! Gads, is it any wonder we need help with 'regularity' when we get older? LOL
- 2Mar 30, '12 by PolaBar, BSN, RNGrowing up, my mom and aunts had a neighbor that was a doctor. Every time they'd visit, the doctor would ask them if they had a "Bowel movement". They'd always say yes, although they didn't know what it meant. I think the in-to-out tube does start to slow down as people age, though. My hubby, not even 40, is a Metamucil fan.
- 7Mar 30, '12 by CompleteUnknownI never gave my 'regularity' a second thought until a couple of years ago. But..... everything DOES slow down and where once it was a simple as 'need to go, go, done', now it's not always that easy.
I think it's something you don't really understand until it happens to you. I wasn't raised to believe I should go every day and I still don't think I need to go every day. I'm not at the point of keeping charts and taking laxatives yet, but I do consciously think a bit more about it, make sure I drink plenty of water, eat fruit every day, and keep a can of pear juice in the cupboard.
Being constipated used to be something that happened occasionally and was no big deal, now it's something that is starting to happen a bit more often, and it's MISERABLE. Really, it is. Now I have a lot more sympathy for patients who constantly worry about their bowels and mentally apologise for all the unworthy thoughts I used to have about people who seemed obsessed with the subject.
In my opinion, it's not so much that they think they have to go every day, it's that they know what will happen if they don't, and they're trying to prevent that.
It's like hot flushes - I used to think people who complained about hot flushes just needed to get over themselves, I mean how bad can it be? Well, now I know how bad it can be! The older I get, the more I realise that it's the 'little things', the minor complaints that won't kill you but are a constant companion, that are the ones that impact the most on your well-being. Strange but true.
- 3Mar 30, '12 by LibraSunCNMQuote from VivaLasViejasYikes, what happened when all the kids had to poop at once??? I would not want to be in the vicinity of that bathroom!It gets better........when my sister (age 65) was in elementary school, they lined up the kids every morning and gave them each a spoonful of castor oil for this exact purpose! Gads, is it any wonder we need help with 'regularity' when we get older? LOL
- 4Mar 30, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNQuote from iteachobMaybe your running late, and it just hasn't happened yet.Hmmm...I'm 52....and not really sure when last BM occurred! Am I the exception to the rule?
But, . . .Then again there was that guy on "Grumpy Old Men," 89, who said he ate bacon every morning, didn't use protection, smoked 3 packs a day, and felt like he was 20, Lol. So yeah, there is always an exception out there.