Jul 15, 2006 - 1:40 pm
As a caregiver, I would like to hear from someone else that perhaps has gone through some of the battles I'm experiencing. Maybe I'm just having pity parties but even so, I would think others have done the same, surely I'm not alone in this fight within. 1) Has anyone ever wondered where your TRUE friends are? As faithful church goers and thinking many of the women were my friends, I suddenly am questioning - where are the calls, the visits, etc. Yes he receives cards and I've received a few, but I am at the point of feeling "alone". True, I go to work and I come home and care for him and sometimes we can communicate, others no. But I miss the fellowship of talking and seeing the ones I felt were close to me. 2) Do other caregivers feel completely overwhelmed? I are so weary at times after working all day, coming home and caring for him, trying to do what chores must be done that day, keeping up with paying the bills and all the other things he did before becoming ill. I feel totally inadequate at times and wonder why I can't seem to get things accomplished. I've given up all things for myself - scrapbooking, reading, just try to relax when possible. I do sit down with him and visit as much as possible in the evenings. I truly feel my life is a "merry-go-round" and I want to get off sometimes. Is all of this normal or am I expecting too much? I am 62 and realize we do slow down somehwat, but I feel I should be able to keep up with everything better than I am. Forgive me for this lengthy message, but I really need some answers. Anyone that has gone through this or is currently there, please respond.