What is it about turning 50 that makes you obsessed with your bowels? - page 3

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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


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    I know, and trust me, I promise I must have read that thread opener 20 times to make sure I didn't have anything I was going get whooped over, Lol. And, to make you feel much better, my guy w/MOM incident was somewhere in the 80's.

    50 is a spring chicken, though to be honest, the thread really hit me to put up because of my parents. They are in their early 50s and the "BOB" that classicdame mentioned has landed, and anchored in their mentality.

    But, please understand even though there is a slight humorous note to this post, I tremendously respect our "senior" nurses, and the ones that aren't "seniors," and but are my elders. I love the stories they can tell this generation, and the warnings they can give us about our current issues.

    But all that said, I sure wouldn't mind being about 55 with a fat mature 401K, a paid off home, and children through college, I would trade 29 for that in a second!!!

    As to the castor oil, an LPN at the free clinic swore it would help "anything!" I had a migraine, and she swore by it, forced it down my throat, and then I had the runs; And a headache!

    Thanks for all the feedback, keep it coming! Young and Not to Old!!!!!
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    One word answer: constipation. It hurts! and bowels and body function is the one few things that people have control over. People who are not occupied with body function are preoccupied with other things that they think are more important.
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    Until you have been REALLY constipated you just don't understand.

    If your an everyday inda person, you expect it. So at 2 days you think well ok, It's no big deal. Well day 3 rolls around and you start thinking hmmmm, now we start with colace, maybe even a suppository.

    By day 6 or 7 you are ready to go to the hospital and or take matters into your own hands so to speak...
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    I had a lol the other night (AOx1), who was wet, and as we were cleaning her up, she was yelling, "can I have a suppository?" I told her- ma'am, you had a very large bm right after dinner, and you don't have anything ordered right now (this was at about 0300). We got her cleaned up and tucked back in. About 0430, she was yelling about needing to "get in the car so they don't leave without me." Yup, yet another large BM- no, diarrhea wasn't an issue (and yes, she had a hand stuck right in there).
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    I am 53, not obsessed with my bowels, and please don't call me a "senior" - yet :-)
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    i knew this was a risk, let me further reassure, . . .

    I don't think 50 is a senior, Lol, you can't even get a discount coffee yet. I SWEAR I didn't tie that word "senior" with the word "senior citizen" in my brain when I typed that header to this thread. As my parents are in their 50s I view that as young, and am in no way ready to view 50s or even 60s as "old," -OR- elderly.

    There are 50 year olds in my ER that work circles around me, are MUCH more attractive, have forgotten more than I know, and are "young" in my book, I am veeerrrrrryyyyyyy sorry if I have really offended anyone. I don't think 50 is a "senior." A better word would have been elderly-that is what I meant (50 is still really before the "BOB,") and I really goofed with age (the patient in my scenario was 80ish), and 50ish was probably too early, and a goof on me.

    I really know the "The Nursing Gods" are gonna punish me for this thread now. I see premature allopecia, constipation, and incontinence in my future for having typed this up.

    I really hope this thread doesn't offend anyone, or get me viewed as cocky. I promise that is not me. And, I know dealing with constipation, bowel obstructions, and impactions are TERRIBLE!!!(and that is an understatement). I know that if any of these happened to me, I would become "obsessed."

    I guess the real reason behind my post is seening so many older(and I mean elderly e.g. Great Grandparents +) patients abuse laxatives-with the fiber concoctions, and a high fiber diet rave havoc on their digestive system.

    Plus, remember, if everything goes right, and I am blessed with "more" life, I will "too" get to become obsessed and fixated on my bowel activity. Thanks for all your responses, . . .

    And for having wrote this, I promise to take all Nursewhooping with grace.
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Mar 30, '12
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    But all that said, I sure wouldn't mind being about 55 with a fat mature 401K, a paid off home, and children through college, I would trade 29 for that in a second!!!
    Me, too!! Fifty-five is just around the corner for me, and I sure wish I had a fat mature 401K, a paid off home, and four children through college (not one of them went except for my 21-year-old, and he's nowhere near finished). LOL!

    Boston, don't worry about offending anyone---we "mature" folk can take a joke And this thread is hilarious!!
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    ...I really know the "The Nursing Gods" are gonna punish me for this thread now. I see premature allopecia, constipation, and incontinence in my future for having typed this up....
    Nah - everyone'll just call you a fomite.

    ----- Dave
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    I just kind of thought that, after 50 years, you have an idea of what makes you feel better. I don't know about anyone else, but going poop every day always makes me feel better.
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    Regarding castor oil:

    It was also routinely given to children and adults as a remedy for tapeworms.

    My parents grew up in the South and my mother and grandmother would tell (gross sounding to me) stories of various relatives who *passed* rather long tapeworms after being given a dose or two of castor oil.

    Castor oil was and or is also used to bring on labour for a woman who is pass her time. I say still being used because quite a few moms swear by this method, though every OB one knows frowns upon it.


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