Too Many People to Take Care of - I am Sick Too!
I have a husband with third stage Parkinson's disease who just retired last year. He questions me constantly about everything I do, who I am talking to on the phone or texting, just every little thing. When I leave the house he calls me 3-4 times in a couple hour period.
Then, I have an 80 year old mother who is in assisted living facility. She is completely self-involved and feels I should drop everything else in my life and put her first.
I am helping my son raise his 13 year old son as the child has a mother who has no interest in him. I do all the "mom" stuff for this child and have for 13 years.
On top of this, I have fibromyalgia (severe enough to make me disabled from working) and a very aggressive form of Rheumatoid arthritis that my doctor is having trouble finding a biologic medicine that will help ease my painful and swelling joints.
I am constantly doing for everyone else and have no time to take care of myself as I know I should be doing. My rheumatologist insists I must reduce my stress, but who do I drop - my husband with Parkinson's, my self-involved elderly mother, or my 13 year old basically motherless grandchild? Not an easy choice.
I walk around angry and depressed most of the time because I resent that I have no time for myself and cannot take care of my own health!
Any suggestions anyone?