Dawn, thank you so much for responding to my concerns about my mother-in-law's use of laxatives. I believe she is addicted to them. She frequently has to hurry to the bathroom and has had accidents. She is also very thin. I am sure they are not good for her. I guess the decision is, do I want to fight with her over them and deal with the the consequences of withdrawel from them. I wonder how big a deal that is. I do not have any help with her and it scares me somewhat to think of dealing with the problems involved. Right now I am taking the lazy way out and just letting her take them. I wonder what my moral obligations are. She is 85 years old, seems to be in good physical health, diabetic but I help her keep it under control. She is losing her memory fairly rapidly at this point and doesn't seem to have any interest in life. Is it good to force her to go through the withdrawels or would it be kinder to just ignore the situation. I really don't know.
Again, thanks for your response. Sander G.