Yesterday, I was getting a surgery followup examination. My doctor was trying to make sure that I was taking anticonstipation medicine because the narcotic pain killers cause constipation. (We end up talking to doctors about bowel movements much more and for many more reasons than one would think.)
As far as frequency and amount of BM, he asked me “What is your normal?’.
I thought about it for a moment and just blurted out “I don’t have a normal!”
At first he thought that I was joking but upon thinking a minute he said “Oh.” and then changed the subject.
Thinking about this later, I realized how awfully true this is. We carcinoids don’t have a normal. It’s different every day, averages don’t matter. I guess that this is good disease for meditators because it will force you to live in the moment.