If you are a spousal caregiver, like I am, I give us extra credit. When a spouse gets sick, parenting and spousal relations are changed in a unique way. It sure gets lonely sometimes, as well as hard. My wife is about 50% functional, vs. before she got sick. She doesn't have much left after volunteering all day. I don't begrudge her, but its still hard. I lost an equal parent, as well as my romantic and 'relational' partner, partly. Its a loss that is fully understood only by other spousal caregivers. It hasn't gotten any easier after 6 years. So fellow spousal caregivers, how do you handle the loneliness and hard times adapting to it?