I don't know what it is, but I'm convinced that after a certain age, seniors become obsessed with their bowels. So Dad has had a rough couple of days... (and so have I). Between diminished breathing due to his COPD progressing and the resulting anxiety which makes the breathing worse, he's now saying that he hasn't pooped in two weeks. I find that hard to believe, especially since he's on daily Senna and Miralax PRN. I spoke with his hospice nurse who said he's checking his bowel movements and Dad has complained lately of being constipated but they're on top of it. Unfortunately, I've missed 5 calls today (I try to leave the phone alone because this type of thing wrecks my productivity at work... should be working but typing this question...) 2 from Dad, 2 from the AL and one from the transportation person for the Adult Day Center dad visits three days a week. I've also been texting with the Adult Day Center director who's stating that Dad is saying that he hasn't pooped in two weeks and that I need to drive the hour to pick him up. It's times like these I don't know what to do. I'm thinking Dad just may not remember that he's gone to the bathroom. I'm sure it hasn't been two weeks. We're guesstimating about three days. I know this is uncomfortable, but I don't want to take Dad to the hospital for this (we went through this a couple years ago and there was a LOT of wasted trips to the ER...). The hospice guy keeps trying to keep me calm, but now I'm worried. My creative flow has been completely destroyed (again) so I might as well just go pick him up, but I will be REALLY ticked off about this. This will be my THIRD time leaving work over something (sorry to sound mean) so petty. Clogged ears and clogged bowels are beginning to cost valuable work time and productivity. AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!