As an only child caring for my father I find that those around me, family, neighbors, friends are often not very understanding or patient of me. My days are very busy as I work, take care of the house and acre+ of property, and my father's COPD has worsened over the past 6 months. He has recently been diagnosed with a swallowing problem that requires his drinks be thickened and a special soft diet which is takes more time as I need to cook more.
How do others get those around you to be more understanding and patient? I feel like people don't realize or expect that I do get tired and sometimes get cranky because I am tired. Neighbors are not always understanding if I don't get to week whacking around the fence or clearing snow from the sidewalks as quickly as they'd like. Sometimes things need to be let go a little longer when you're caring for a sick person - their needs take priority.
Thanks for your thoughts.