But if you could..... My sister is ill, she is currently on a psychiatric unit where she has been for 4 weeks. She has suffered for many years with various mental health problems. She is bipolar and has suffered manic depression and schizofrenia. I love my sister very much and I am closest to her out of all my many siblings but the whole situation is really getting me down. She has 2 wonderful daughters aged 9 and 4. I have been caring for them 5 days a week at my sister's house [25 miles away from my own]. Making sure they get to school and are clothed and fed as well as looking after my own 7 month old baby boy. I am exhausted and stressed and I'm not sure how much longer I can do it. I'm only 24 and feel like I have been handed a ready made family but am a poor substitute for their own mum. My baby is very unsettled and doesn't sleep well anymore as his routine has been completely ruined. My sister has just this week been allowed out for visits. She is chomping at the bit to get out but then next morning is a wreck and desprarate to get back to the unit. It's not good for the girls to see their mum like this and my mum and I are running round like headless chickens picking her up, taking the girls to their many activities etc. Anyway the final straw came today when my sister called me from my mum's in a state because my dad had invited my brother and his family up. My sister didn't want to see anybody so threw a wobbler. I said I would go and fetch her and take her back. So I cancelled my first mothers day lunch with my fiance and son and raced 26 miles to fetch her and drive her back to the hospital [60 mile round trip altogether]. When I got home I found out she had got onto the ward and kicked off and phoned my mum demanding that she go and fetch her out again. She wasn't allowed out, which she knew. She keeps saying she wants to come home then ruins it when she does. I know she is ill and that's not her fault but I am getting so fed up. She has not once said thank you to me for keeping her family together [one of the girls dad has threatened to take her and split the girls up but I have managed to convince him that I am caring for them well, which I am, they are happy enough]. Am I a terrible person for feeling resentful? I have lots of siblings and only my other sister has offered any help. It feels like because I am on maternity leave they think I am available 24 hours. This time is so precious with my baby but it's being spoiled.