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 does not come, laxative of choice, prune juice (even heated, Yuck!), and those fiber concoctions come flowing to help "The flow of things."
I had a patient ask me for his Milk of Mag after not having his "movement" by lunchtime. I asked, "Are you having trouble going, I noticed your DAR says you have had one yesterday, and the day before, and you only ate 30% of your breakfast." It was like telling a baby, "No candy for you, Nah-Nan-Nan-Nan-Nan-Nah." He got his Milk of Mag, and I learned how not to make a friend with a senior who "thinks" that regularity is one a day at the same time everyday, . . .
and not just one a day.
I have also learned, just having one doesn't count. Texture, amount, consistency, solidity, and ease of going are very prized.
Why do we become obsessed with our bowels around and after age 50? Am I mistaken, or do you see the pattern too?