Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on this forum.
I am a 20 year old who is taking care of my 51 year old mother. She has a list of ailments and a lot has happened in the past year or so. She is clinically depressed, has severe anxiety, fibromyalgia, AS, chronic fatigue, PTSD, agoraphobia, and foot drop.
ln March of 2019 she was put into a medically induced coma after contracting H1N1 and had a bad allergic reaction to the anesthetic that they used. She was in a coma for about a week but miraculously came out of it. She didn't come out unscathed though, because she eventually found out that she has foot drop. This caused a lot of problems because she wasn't able to take care of herself or the house, which was already difficult for her to do before the coma.
To catch you up, in November of 2018 I moved to New Mexico (from Wisconsin) with my now fiance. When this all happened, I flew him and I back to Wisconsin to be able to say goodbye to her if things got worse, but once we arrived things took a turn for the better with her. She woke up from her coma the day that I had to fly back for work. However, in September of 2019 we made the decision to come back to live with her in Wisconsin to take care of her because no one else would (I have two older siblings who both have multiple children.)
It has been a difficult past year for me. I was able to get a job working as a barista, but even working part time there was difficult for me. Living back at home made me very depressed and I gained about 30lbs. I tried my best to do as much as I could do to help around the house, but with my 11 year old little brother being messy, my mom not being able to take care of herself, and my fiance also depressed, a lot of things didn't get done which made me beat myself up more for not being able to do it all.
I was able to set her up with a caregiving company that hired my sister in law. She mostly did housework but after a couple months she quit. In March I got let go from my barista job due to the pandemic and needed to make money to support us, so I signed up to be her caregiver because I was practically doing all of it already without getting paid. I only get 25 hours a week and the pay is low, but it helps.
However, I've noticed it's increasingly more difficult for me to do this job as time goes by. I love my mom to death, but I don't get any alone time. I am overwhelmed and stressed the majority of the time. It's hard for me to get up and do things sometimes because of this. My depression seems to have gotten worse. My mom has a difficult time leaving the house without someone because of her anxiety and agoraphobia, so I am constantly driving and doing things for and with her.
Now, it's not like she can't do some things herself, it's just incredibly difficult for her. I am trying to work with her and I'm taking her to physical therapy twice a week in hopes that the foot drop is able to be cured. We are looking into surgeries that can increase the quality of her life so she doesn't have to have someone take care of her for the rest of her life.
But despite all these efforts, it just makes me feel like there's no end to this. There's still so much I have to do and I don't have a lot of energy in my day for all of this. Even on the days I 'have off' I am constantly doing things.
There are years worth of things in this house that I need to go through and get rid of with her. All of my things are compiled in one room with my fiance and it's so difficult. I have my wedding on October 1st but I don't feel like there's a bright future ahead still. I can't afford to save up for a house because I am financially supporting my mom and little brother due to her disability income being so low.
I don't know what I would even do to get out of this and it's weighing on me. Thank you for listening to me rant. This isn't really ending on a positive note, but any advice you have is helpful.