To add to his woes, dad is now having chronic constipation and his stools are impacted.
Fecal impaction is a serious complication of constipation in which the stool hardens and can no longer be eliminated with normal bowel movements.

This condition is causing him a lot of pain both physically and perhaps mentally too. It may be a blessing in disguise that his dementia protects him somewhat from the indignity of having several females hovering over and fussing over you each time you need to defecate. (which is up to 8-10 times a day during the previous 10 days). However, he did sigh at one time and said “Haiyah! Need 10 people just to poo.” Something to that effect. He also said “tuhan tolong buatkan kurang sakit.” (God please make it less painful).

Despite his dementia, dad switches between Hokkien, Mandarin, English and Malay easily depending on who he is speaking to. He even spoke in Indian to one of the Indian nurses causing the nurses to break into laughter.

I hope that you are listening God. Please make it less painful for dad. Please give him back his swallowing ability so he can drink more water. Please give him back the use of his limbs so he can move around and prevent more constipation. Thank you.

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