Young and Confused
Hello everyone. I don't know if there is anyone in the same situation as me. I am 24 years old, been out of college for a year and am currently taking care of my grandmother. She is in good physical condition, except for needing a walker because her legs go numb, but her memory is beginning to fail her. She is very forgetful and increasingly stubborn.
I am trying to establish a career for myself, but it is hard when I have to spend so much time with my grandmother. Not that I don't like to help her, but I cannot progress in my career goals when I have to take her to appointments, and miss meetings and things of that nature. I canít stay late at work cause I need to come home and help her with dinner. Not that she needs help, but she likes my company.
My parents canít help cause my dad is a businessman and is constantly traveling and in another state. My mother also works extremely long hours and doesnít live nearby. Because I am just beginning my career and life, I guess they feel I can suffer with all of this pressure. On top of this I havenít been able to spend much time with my fiancť. She hasnít said anything because she is so supportive, but I know it is hurting her. Sorry to vent, but as you can see I am quite young and am trying to understand all of this. It is so new to me. I want to have a life but at the same time feel responsible for taking care of and spending time with my grandmother. If anyone is or has been in a similar situation and has any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me get all of this off my chest.