I just had an epiphany today. Being a new caregiver to an elderly parent is alot like when you become a parent for the first time and all of your friends are still single. Today I finally got the chance to spend time with a close friend. Before our conversations revolved around dating, old friends etc. Now my only conversation was about being a caregiver and all that comes with it. I could tell my friend could not relate at all. Just like friends without kids cannot relate to the challenges of a new parent.
The feelings I have as a caregiver are the same ones I had when I was pregnant with my first child. Overwhelmed at the thought of being responsible for someone else. But now the burden is even great because we are responsible for the ones who always took care of us.
Perhaps when I reach the one year milestone, I will have the hang of this caregiver thing and it wont be as bad as it once seemed.