So over the weekend, I had to take Dad to the hospital for his continued bowel issues, and it appears to me that the doctor's recommendations actually made the problems WORSE.
If you've been keeping up, Dad has had terrible bouts of constipation followed by terrible bouts of diarrhea with NO RELIEF. This whole thing has exacerbated his hemorrhoids to the point that he literally screams in pain on a daily basis which breaks my heart.
After quite a messy Saturday afternoon, I took Dad to the hospital, and the doctor didn't do much. He confirmed that Dad had prolapsed hemorrhoids but didn't address them at all. He said that he did see fecal matter in Dad's left intestine but didn't seem to address that.
When Dad came in, he was...muddy. He went through about five incontinence pads while in the hospital and had an accident in the car on the way home. It's really watery... BUT the doctor prescribed a DAILY suppository followed by a daily dose of Miralax IN ADDITION to Dad's three daily senna tablets and stool softeners. Though I thought that was excessive, I decided to go with the doc's recommendations.
Unitl today... not only is Dad still in pain, he can't hold his bowels AT ALL. His eyes are sunken in, he's a grayish color, he's weak... It's NOT good. The ALF followed the doctor's recommendations, but I asked them to stop.
So... is it NORMAL to have that much "working medicine"? Dad already doesn't take in much water, this seems excessive. I'm worried... and I have NEVER seen my Dad in so much pain. It's heartbreaking.