I am 19 and have been taking care of my mother since age 12. My mom developed a repetitive strain injury due to far too much computer work at her job as a physician. She ignored her pain and overtime allowed it to get worse and worse. She suffered from fatigue syndrome and presently her nervous system is very effected, along with having issues from herniated discs that will not be fixed with surgery etc (It's a very long diagnosis that her specialists are still working on understanding) At age 39, she was forced to quit her job, and seek treatment in our current location however the physical therapy she received here only made things worse. She currently travels four hours away to see the only doctors in the country that can aid her condition - To bring things to present day, she is unable to feed herself, cook, clean, turn handles in the shower/sinks, lift anything over half a pound (or less), drive, keep her neck in any sort of position for a prolonged amount of time, sit for a prolonged amount etc - the list goes on and on. We have no relatives in the US. Some women come to the house in the mornings to aid with her morning shower and breakfast, which is a big help to me. Because of all of this my mother is severely depressed. I have just returned from my first year of college which we made it through surprisingly easily -- it's been hard adjusting to living at home again and having to be responsible for another human being's welfare again. I can't help but snap sometimes and I just end up feeling so guilty afterward... I guess I'm just looking for some support, perhaps some tips on keeping patience with a loved one... - just overall advice.