We need each other. Isolation is insidious. It is a big dark shadow that falls cold over your shoulders.
We get in our cars alone, go shopping alone, do any number of errands alone, worship alone, and are cloistered caring for our loved ones alone. Our children, or neighbors or even our church brothers and sisters call us for brief chats on the telephone. They mean well but they really don't know what your life is like -this caregivers life. As soon as we hang up the dark shadow returns.
They don't know that you were up all night calming your husband with Alzheimer's who is having hallucinations. Who could know that you haven't been to church for two weeks because no one has volunteered to stay with your bedridden mother? And yes, you gave your word, your father-in-law will live with you until the end comes.
Chase away the dark shadow of isolation by bringing your need into the light of day. Let your friends and your family know the whole truth. The truth that you are exhausted and need someone to spend a night or two so you can get some sleep. The truth that you give love and comfort, but need an equal portion of love and comfort for yourself. The truth that you just have to get away or you'll go crazy and you need help to pay for short-term respite for your loved one. Truth is the antidote for isolation. The truth is that we do need each other even more than ever.