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This Week's Carenote - 05/24/11
Are a lot of you sad a lot...lonely, even though you may have a spouse or someone helping you take care of an elderly parent? I have a spouse who helps (it is his mom), but during the day he works and I am the sole caregiver. She is 88 and must be assisted. She cannot hear very well at all, so conversations do not really exist. I love her, but this is such a big adjustment for me. We never had children to care for, now we have her. I cry sometimes just to release the stress. (I do not let her see.) And then I feel guilty. I just get so tired, sad, and lonely that I just want to run away and let someone else take over. Is this a normal feeling? We have decided to wait until she is totally dependent before we bring in help, which is okay. I have friends who would sit with her if I needed or wanted them to. I hate watching her go downhill. Her other sons take her on the weekends, but bring her back at night, so we do get a little relief from the constant care. She has only been here going on four weeks and I feel trapped already.  Am I awful to feel this way? Will I get better?


 

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