DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I honestly don’t know if he does it just to bug me, or if he has a problem, but my husband loves, and I mean loves, to tell me about his daily poo successes. I tell him I am not at all interested, but that doesn’t seem to stop him.
I asked his mother about this, and she just laughed and said this is what he has done since he was a little boy and he would do it to get under her skin. She said the best thing to do is just ignore it, and he’ll stop. But I do, and he doesn’t.
What do I have to do to convince my husband I’m really not interested in his daily bowel functions? --- DON’T NEED OR WANT TO KNOW
DEAR DON’T NEED OR WANT TO KNOW: There most certainly are people who are more than casually invested in their bowel habits, for a number of reasons, some of which are healthier than others. In your husband’s case, it’s possible, as his mother suggests, that he’s just trying to get a rise out of you with his oversharing.
If ignoring his updates isn’t doing the trick, then maybe it’s time to have a more serious conversation with him about whether or not he needs to seek medical advice regarding either the nature of his bowel habits, or his apparent fascination with them. If he’s just trying to get a reaction out of you, the suggestion he has a real issue might shut him down. If he truly does have an abnormal obsession going on, then perhaps seeking professional help would be worth pursuing.