I live with my sister, sister-in-law, an adult family friend, and my sister's son who is 33 years old.
My sister-in-law is 64 years old. First, she does have a lot of health issuse including diabetes, back,hip and leg pain, and other real and unreal illnesses. She is also a hypochondriac who is always in the ER or at Urgent Care for one problem or another.
I work part time, so I am left to take her to all her Dr.'s appointments. Tomorrow she has 3 appointments. It seems like all I do lately on my days off,is take her to a Dr. Last Wednesday I had to take her to urgent Care for her leg,hip, back pain. After 3 hours iin the office we finally came home and i caught myself nearly having a breakdown. I just went up to my room and stayed there all evening and couldn't come out to do anything. I was exhausted mentally and physically. I need to say, also, that I have Bipolar Disorder. It is mostly controlled with medications and I'm so grateful for that, but I still have issues with anxiety and other things related to the bipolar.
I guess I'm trying to say that last Wednesday I just realized that I am her caretaker and I'm so tired. I feel guilty because I never know if she's really ill or if it's her hypochondria. I , therefore, have to treat everything as if it is real. I know I have it better than a lot of people because my sister and our friend also help caring for her, but they do work full-time, so I have to take her to all her appointments and she can't drive any longer because of her peripheral neuropathy from the diabetes and the leg pain.
I just needed to vent I guess. I try not to judge her, but it is difficult. Thanks for listening.
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