I have a very good friend who is a few years older than myself, we've been friends for many years. She was hospitalized a few months ago, and is not bouncing back, she is very debilitated, and has hired help 3 days per week, but she cannot do very much for herself, other than shower, get dressed, go outside and drive someplace, she is very unsteady, and has trouble cooking because the pots/pans, etc. are too heavy. I have been going over once a week to cook for her. I am her emergency contact, she has medical alert, she has no one else. She has called me several times in the middle of the night, and I went over to help her with "whatever."
I volunteered to do the grocery shopping, errands, and take her to the doctors appointments, clipping her toenails, to make her life easier as a temporary measure, because if the roles were reversed, she would have done the same (for awhile). But now it has been SIX MONTHS and she is wanting to "get rid of the hired help" except for a housekeeper once a week. I know what she is thinking, that I will pick up the slack. I am a retired RN, but I do NOT want to continue to do ANY of these things. I feel trapped, resentful, especially since I know she HAS the money to pay for household help. She cannot run her household with a housekeeper for 3 hours per week, that's ridiculous.
I am going to tell her that I cannot continue to do these things, because it's been six months, and I figured that by now, she'd either get better, or make the appropriate arrangements. She refuses to discuss assisted living, is very stubborn, you get the idea. I want to stay friends with her, I feel the roles are changing, and I want to get back to being "just friends" with an OCCASIONAL favor.
Since I retired, because of "helping" my friend, I am not sleeping well, my stomach is upset, and I know I need to take care of myself and find a new focus and let her work it out. I don't want to be "on call" 24/7 any more. But, I feel guilty, and I know I shouldn't, but feel that she is taking advantage to save the almighty dollar. Any suggestions regarding what to say, exactly? I cannot let this go on ANY longer. I told her I was going out of town for a week, so that I could have some down time and not deal with this.