Jun 04, 2013 - 2:02 pm
Dad is not mobile having spent 3 weeks in the hospital for pneumonia contracted during initial radiation treatment (9 days). He can use a walker for about 20 feet - to get from the house to the car to the Dr's office. Unable to know when he has to make a bowel movement and there's alot of pain/cramping.
He wears Depends 24x7 with 10-12 changes a day (every couple of hours). The Dr does not want to use a colostomy bag and have Dad undergo surgery (general anaesthesia). But as his caregiver (Mom and I) - we need ideas on how to manage his fecal incontinence.
He is on a low residue/liquid diet (Ensure Plus, white rice, vegetable soups) but the diarrhea is only getting worse and I'm worried about cleaning him, keeping him clean, and general hygeine issues given that it's alot of liquid stool we're trying to control in a pair of men's Depends....
Appreciate any advice!