I’m feeling guilty. I am the caregiver for my adult daughter with autism and my Grandmother, who will be 89 in May. My husband is a gem, who had no problem bringing my Gran into our home. He didn’t bat an eye or flinch or anything. I didn’t have to promise him anything crazy. He just said “sure!”. Love him!
I have a lot of help with my daughter. She has two caregivers who tend to her every week day afternoon and on Saturdays. She goes to a daily program and an additional one on Tuesday. It works out pretty well. She’s gaining some independence from us and we are having a reprieve.
My Gran isn’t driving any longer so any doctor appointments, hair appointments, etc….I am taking her around or my Mom may take her once or twice a month. Pretty much it falls on my shoulders and that’s okay. I signed up for this.
So, here we are, about to leave for Guatemala on a mission trip for the 2nd time in 3 months. Schedules have to be made for our daughter and now for Gran. People have to be lined up to take care of both, including the dogs. Today it hit me…..I feel guilty imposing on others who are helping to take care of my people….my obligations…my responsibilities…while I’m off in another country.
Is my guilt legit? Should I stay home and handle what’s right in front of me? Or is someone trying to mess with my mind and discourage me from doing what I believe God is calling me to do?
Hope do we, as caregivers, minimize the guilt? Should we feel guilty? Am I guilty?
Accepting words of wisdom. Anyone?