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In Response to RE: What do you wish you knew WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED CAREGIVING that you know now? by Only-Child-1
I wish I had known how isolating it would be, and how it would affect my relationships within my family and with friends.
No one knows what it's like until they do it. As an only child, you especially need to call an agency or find a private for-hire home healthcare aide. I am from a family of nine, and I had many of the same feelings, symptoms, doubts, and overall stressful situation that you as an only child have. I got little if any support from my siblings, plus resentment besides. Now my parents are gone and I have a decent relationship with one sister, thankfully.