Only Child Caregiver
by Karen Holdridge
(Ellicott City, MD)
I am currently the only caregiver for my mom who has been sick since September with double pneumonia and is 84 years old. I am trying to hold down a full time job and I am currently overwhelmed with all of the doctors appointments and errands I have to run for my mom. I spend all day worrying about her and if she's going to have a good day or bad. When I'm at home with her, I'm constantly worried I will start to hear her crying again. I have been online reading other caregivers stories and feel very fortunate that my story is not as dire as their situations. I have been looking for a support group but can't seem to find one that is at night and not for alzheimers (although she is exhibiting signs of this too). Even though I'm living in a fairly populated area, I would like to find a person to share with online. I feel like I'm taking all of the steps I can to get help but feel like talking with someone similar or who knows how to deal with the stress, worrying and anxiety, it would help. My health is taking a toll but there is no way I can find time to go to the doctor for anything but the absolutely necessary visits like mammo and scheduled shots. Is there anyone out there who wishes to share?
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