Dealing with siblings who don't understand why I can't be a respite weekend caregiver due to severe bi-polar disorder
At a family meeting to decide where to move my Mom from assisted living to home of my sister-in-law's sister, I presented my family with a statement from my psychologist that I could not provide respite care for my Mom due to my inability to handle the stress involved because of the fact that I have bi-polar disorder. Before the meeting they actually offered to pay me if I would provide care on the weekends. I had not expectation of being paid - I would do it for free - but I can't. It wouldn't be beneficial for me or my mother. Has anyone else dealt with the frustration of wanting to be of more help but not being able to because of your own health issues?