Exhausted Caregiver

by Shelia
(Colorado City, TX )

I'm so worn out and tired as my parents live with me. My dad has dementia and he has to be watched constantly and my mom does what she can but she's given out too.


I'm so stressed that I can't sleep good don't eat good my back and head hurts constantly. I've pretty much given up on everything around here.

I feel isolated as my son 23 years old won't help and leaves everyday to go to his dad's so he doesn't have to help.

My 18 year old daughter helps sometimes but she quit school and is hardly ever home. I can't go back to work because I feel so exhausted and just don't feel like doing anything anymore.

My husband works out of town so that's the only way the bills are getting paid. I never feel like dressing up anymore or wearing makeup.

I just want relief from all this stress don't know how much more I can take.

I don't see my husband much because he travels for work. He's too far away to come see me so I just pray things will get better. I just want out from under this stress.

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I am exhausted too
by: Richard

I really understand how you must feel. I am the main caregiver to my 81 year old mother who has been recently diagnosed with moderate stage Alzheimer's disease.

I live with my mother. In fact, I have lived with her my entire life. I am 52 years old. Single, never married. Never dated anyone. I feel so alone in all of this. My siblings are of very little help. I too suffer from daily headaches, migraine, nervousness and chronic depression.

Mother refuses to attend any form of adult daycare. Therefore, next to impossible for me to do much of anything on my own. I am with her almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I too feel exhausted.

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Dear Exhausted
by: Anonymous

Boy do I feel sorry for you. You should feel sorry for yourself, as well. So sorry, in fact, that you get help to ease your burden.

This is the most important thing to learn about caregiving - taking care of the caregiver FIRST. If others won't help you do that, then find others who will. Reach out. Don't be afraid to ask. Talk to your doctor.

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