You forgot another level of pain in C++: template ;-P.Don't feel bad. I've been where you are... and worse.
I've some programming experience with Pascal and lately I've been working my way through the intracacies of C... It's all good and so far most of it is making sense to me. I've even got some freeware out there I've written in C.
But, when I load up VC and try making sense of C++ I am the proverbial windshield bug... I get to a certain point and then this old brain just freezes right up. Objects, Classes, etc. just don't make any sense to me... I'm sure it's simple but so far I've never seen an explaination that makes any sense whatsoever to me. And, I assure you, it's not for the lack of trying.
C++ strikes me a like Linux... There is good reason to learn it, especially considering how Windows is slowly moving to an all OOP interface. But you really do need to know somebody. You need someone you can call who will make sense of it for you and show you how things work... because it's for certain you aren't going to get it from the documentation.
In both cases the books, tutorials and "how tos" seem to all be written for people who know the broader strokes and are stuck on the specifics. But if you don't get the bigger concepts and ideas, all those tiny little specifics aren't going to help you one little bit. These are documents written by people who already know the language (or OS) for people who already know the language (or OS)... They're not written for someone who has never even tried programming before. They start at a level far too high for the totally uninitiated to even hope to understand.
Now don't misunderstand this... I would love to learn C++ and have tried many times. But I always end up in the same place... "Why do I need a class here" and "What exactly does this accomplish"... I get how a class is put together, I get some of how you use them... but I don't for the life of me understand why I need them... They just don't make any sense to me.
When I try C++ I end up feeling like the apartment dweller who's just been sold a rototiller...