Regarding probiotics: your dad is in a crisis. Starting probiotics now would be like putting a bandaid on a gushing artery.
I am a BIG believer in probiotics, eat homemade yogurt every day as well as supplementing with VSL#3. But they can't help your dad at the point he is at right now.
When the colon gets so inflamed that it cannot keep anything in it is when the uncontrollable BM's come in. I've been there in the past but never to the hospital stage. When he gets stabilized (out of the hospital) and can retain food and fluids and is out of danger that's the time to even think about
probiotics. They are not a cure, just a help. Don't give him anything without his doctors knowing about
Your being there is the best thing possible to help him, taking notes of what meds are being given to him. Making phone calls to specialists (surgeons) to find out what is possible. Doesn't mean he'll have to have surgery but knowing what is possible helps.
Many many people have been saved by surgery. Knowing that it was a possibility gave me peace of mind until I managed to get my UC under control.
Are you the only family member on site? Has your dad given you the legal power to make decisions if he is out of it?
It is a big responsibility but he and you need to discuss it. Hopefully there are more people to help make decisions.
Call Christine's doctor if possible. People on this forum talk the truth because they've been there. Good luck.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of suffering and no remission ever
Jan 2010 started SCD diet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
at 5.5 month stage homemade yogurt, hard cheese and some fruit OK
SCD Diet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, low-sugar
Supplements: tsp. fish oil, Vit D3 5000 with oil/fat, veggie juice, sunflower seeds, VSL#3, (4) Citrucel, (1) turmeric capsule, (1) calcium
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Rx: (6) balsalazide daily, mesalamine enema occasionally