There is no in between. I just started being a caregiver to my 78 year old father. He was just uprooted from Michigan 10 days and brought down to Florida to be closer to his daughters. I had the bigger home and flexible work schedule so he came to my house. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity in March. He had surgery in April. What should have been a week in the hospital ended up being a month followed by a month in rehab. He went home in June to an empty house and no one to really help care for him except rides to appointments and shipping. Long story short, he began six weeks ago on Klonopin for anxiety and Lexapro for depression. I don't know if these drugs are what caused him to simply decline rapidly but he was no longer able to take care of himself and had to move down here. Since I have had him, he either has diarrhea or he's constipated. He has no in between. I can't get him to drink a lot of fluids. I started with Miralax and he was able to go, so I stopped it. Then he goes a few days of not being able to go again, or he has a day of diarrhea. I talked to the doctor and she suggested I don't do the Miralax but do something like Metamucil to help get him regulated. I have been doing this for a couple days, but he's constipated again. My sister had Lactulose that her late husband was given to help him from the opiod constipation. It's only been 2 doses so far, but my father is miserable. I told him he needs to drink his water and has to be patient. We have already done one trip to the ER because he was so bloated and his stomach hurt. I can't run to the ER every time he can't go!! :-) I need suggestions on what we should (I should) do for him. I am trying with the liquids, but I also know his diet is not the best. He only eats oatmeal, soft boiled eggs, Activia, applesauce or chicken broth (he hates the noodles so I just make him broth). I know he's not getting enough fiber and protein (oh yeah, he drinks the carnation instant breakfasts for the protein as Boost is too thick for him). He has just a few teeth so he can't really eat hard food. I have also introduced the V8 Splash juices that have fruits and vegetables as that's the only way I can get that in him. HELP!!!!