My husband was diagnosed 7 years ago and has declined rapidly during that time. He is about to go on a feeding tube at night to supplement nutrition as he has serious swallowing problems. He is permanently catheterized but is somewhat bowel incontinent. He is 67 I am 56. He moves between a walker and a wheelchair. He is very difficult to understand when he speaks. I am very active and do not want to take care of him. I work fulltime and have built a fairly successful care team but I still dread coming home from work and I really resent the weekends as I have to stay with him most of the day. It is very costly to pay for all of the care as well. I try to be patient as this is not his fault but I really have no feelings of compassion or caring for him. Our sons are 22 and 24 and their feelings are similar to mine. This situation definitely negatively impacted their high school and college experiences. They do not live at home. I am pretty sure the sadness and stress are going to make me sick and I'll probably end up dying before he does!
Most blogs I read no one talks about not wanting to take care of a spouse - it is all about what a privilege it is to be a caregiver or even though it is hard work the reward is priceless - well not for me.
Soon he will not be able to be left alone at all and I just don't think I can handle it. I am considering asking him if we can start looking at care facilities.