My mother is 89 and I have been caring for her solo for 8 years now. She expects me to care for her because it is what daughters do. My brother and his wife believe that it is my job and because they live four hours away they can't be here to help out. I have asked him to help out monetarily even if he can't physically do anything and he tells me he is "retired" now and lives on a fixed income. The man is an author of many books, and was CEO with many subordinates beneath him to manage as well as having his doctorate in Economics. His 600,000 dollar home has been paid off and with no children at home now,he still has a huge amount of money coming in every month. However, this isn't the issue I am concerned about here.....although I resent him for never offering to share part of the load. I have planned a short 2 night weekend with friends at the end of this month and my son who lives here with his baby and fiancee offered to help me out with mom while I am away. She is very upset and depressed about this and does not want me to go fearing my son will let her starve and go out during the day. He has taken care of her before for 2 days and really did a great job. How do I make my mother more comfortable with my going away for a very short break? I feel as though I am going to crash and burn most of the time and my patience with her has been short. Thank you for your help.