Hi all, just found this site and thought I'd introduce myself and see if anyone else is dealing with similar challenges and might have advice or be interested in connecting for mutual support. My wife suffered an ischemic stroke nearly 5 years ago at age 43. She has recovered to the point where she is mostly self sufficient around the house, but has no use of one hand, walks slowly and with difficulty with a brace and cane, and is not certified to drive (and is unlikely to ever be). That leaves me as the caregiver, the breadwinner full time, and also responsible for pretty much everything at home (shopping, cleaning, cooking, finances, all transportation, etc).We have two kids, aged 10 and 13, so most of the parenting falls to me as well. This is very difficult but would be manageable, except for the fact that the combination of cognitive effects, depression and antidepressant medications has left my wife with emotional blunting, so is unable to provide really any emotional support or meaningful intimacy of any kind, leaving me feeling constantly profoundly lonely even though I am physically present with my family. The only local support group for caregivers meets infrequently and consists of entirely people 20+ years older with different challenges. It seems to keep getting more difficult as I get further and further away from having any emotional support from anyone, but still so many responsibilities and no way for it ever to end. This holiday break was especially difficult, as in over 5.5 hours of driving, I was feeling overwhelmed so didn't initiate any conversation with her, and as a result she spoke a total of 10 words to me over the entire trip. That really drove home the situation I'm in - unless I initiate and sustain conversation, companionship, etc., it's just not going to happen, and that leaves me resentful and disinclined to do so. It's a catch-22 and I feel as if my marriage is disintegrating, despite that fact that I am working myself to the bone to keep everything going, Anyone else in a similar situation or have any advice? Thanks! Oh btw, I'm 47 - was 42 when it happened.