My mom has been wheel-chair bound for the last 6 months. I have a Hospice service coming in daily to assist me with her. The CNA and I have noticed that she is "impacted" often, so the nurse suggested a stool softener 2x a day. When this didn't work, a laxative (Senna) was prescribed. Adding one of these to her meds was also unsuccesful, so the nurse told me to give her 4 of them!!! I did, as instructed, and we woke up to a REAL MESS the next morning (last Friday). She has NOT been "right" since...almost a week later!!! She is very weak,NO appetite, non-responsive, and extremely hard to transport from wheelchair to chair to bed,....She is OK with not having a bowel movement daily, but I know it is NOT good for her to NOT 'go' after 7+ days. When she is impacted, she is not herself either. Am I crazy, or doesn't 4 laxatives and a stool softener, in one day seem like way too much for her?! Any suggestions as to how I can keep her somewhat "regular"?! I have tried to use the BRAT (banans, rice applesauce and toast), but it's kind of hard when she doesn't have an appetite. I even wondered if she didn't need some IV fluid in her, since the blow out!?