Lost in caregiving land.
My 90 year old mom moved in with us 8 months ago. She suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and it manifests by her getting very short of breath. It is so difficult to deal with and having never really dealt with someone with such severe anxiety my tendency is to want her to "snap out of it." From what I read, it really is out of her control. But sometimes, honestly, I feel that she uses it to get attention, pity, whatever she wants at that time. I finally had it set up that she would stay with my sister for a whole week. I was ecstatic and felt that I would be "free" for 7 whole days. Well, that was a disaster. She lasted two nights and her anxiety was so over the top that my sister had to ask to send her back here. I have not felt the same since, just lost and frustrated and overwhelmed and feeling trapped. I know my own health is suffering. I guess I am just needing to vent. Thank you for "listening." Anyone else ever feel this way?