I have been taking care of my 81 year old mother for over a year without one day off. It's been 24/7 since last May. I told her tonight I'd like to take 3 days off with my son next weekend at our river place and she is being very negative about it. My brothers will step in and help (but I had to ask....they have never offered), and I do need a break. Now, tonight, I'm feeling guilty because of her reaction. I don't know what to say to her to make it easier.