Daughter in Law

by Jeanette
(South Africa)

I am looking after my 80 year old mother in law....my husband is working in another country.


It is slowly but surely driving me insane....My mother in law has been the centre of our lives for the last year.....selling her property, household goods, funeral arrangements of my father in law etc.,etc.

It feels as if it is never going to stop....They were hoarders and their house was a nest.....I feel mentally and physically overloaded by this burden and now having to look after her on my own while my husband is away and her other son is totally ignorant.....

I had the hope of helping her while she is living here by buying her some new clothes, etc., taking her out for tea, baking with her, etc.,but I was sorely mistaken....

SHE WANTS TO DO NOTHING....but watch TV,and lives from one pill to the next watching the clock closely in between taking medication.

She shows NO interested in anything and rarely offers any help with things. I sometimes think she thinks she is living in a hotel....The energy in my house has become so negative and it saddens me.....my house is my very private space where I can do what I want whenever I want...but not anymore....

She carries so much negative energy around with her....I cannot distance myself from it.I do not know how to. I feel trapped and anxious and I am becoming very depressed.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elder Care Anger and Resentment.


Home | Site Map | About | Contact | Privacy Policy | Disclosure

© Copyright evSky Incorporated 2008-2017 | All Rights Reserved


Eldercare for

Aging Parents

Are you having a difficult time with being the "Caregiver" for Mom and Dad?

Click Here to Read What Others are Saying and Leave a Comment About Your Own Experiences....

Or Start your Own Discussion Page!

Recent Articles

  1. Sibling is Using Mom's Money

    Mar 27, 17 09:39 AM

    My mom is close to her retirement age, however has not saved one penny towards her retirement. She is a small business owner and divorced so she had to

    Read More

  2. Easy Choice

    Mar 23, 17 11:34 AM

    Out of the four siblings… I am the only divorced family member and therefore the easy choice to be the caregiver to my father. I feel somewhat isolated

    Read More

  3. Want to Know Why I am Overweight?

    Mar 23, 17 11:32 AM

    Because I'm scared, confused, overwhelmed, sad, upset, tired, sick, broke, hopeless, lonely, bedraggled, driving a 200,000 mile car, bank account on empty,

    Read More