My mother-in-law has moderate dementia. Yesterday I discovered she had a drawer full of laxatives and has been taking 2 a day without us knowing about it. I knew she sometimes had accidents and frequently had sudden urges to hurry to the bathroom - however I didn't realize that she was taking the pills.
She is still able to clean herself up - she wears adult diapers all the time so either throws her clothes away or doesn't mess them up, I'm not sure. She has lots and lots of clothes so I wouldn't miss them.
I had my husband, her son, go in and gather up all the medications he could find - some were expired in the 1990's. She was very angry when she found out - angry at me mostly but she started hitting him and insisted that she had to have the laxatives. We gave them back to her but not any of the other stuff.
Did we do the right thing? I have had her to the emergency room when she overdosed on some of her prescription medication. At that time I thought I gathered up all her meds but missed those in her night stand I guess. Now I give her the prescription medication every day but wonder what I should do about the laxatives. I guess I should call her doctor shouldn't I.
I just really hate to make her mad at me but actually, I think she has already forgotten that she was mad yesterday.
Thanks for listening. Sander