Hi there, back again...on top of everything else (trying to coordinate everything for moving interstate-selling my house, getting a new job, finding a new place to live) and coming off a bad breakup and dealing with a crummy work situation, I just became the primary caregiver for my ill, older mother. Hopefully, this was/is just an acute illness (it's acute-on-chronic actually), but thanks to our "wonderful" healthcare system (read: sarcasm), she is now absolutely snowed in past, current, and future medical bills...which means I have a new roommate! Both where I live currently, and guess who will now be living with me after I move to my new state! I love her dearly, but I really didn't need this on top of trying to make the best out of a really crummy current situation at work and everything else. She's not sick enough to qualify for services, but not independent enough to live out on her own. I always knew it was coming (as an only child, it was my eventual duty as soon as I was born), but I thought I had more time.
So, my question to you is: how do you still participate in self care and remain SANE while caring for an aged parent while also working in a caring profession (i.e. nursing) full time? Seriously, I don't know how much more I can take!