GMB presenter Kate Garraway has opened up about what she misses about her husband Derek as he continues to recover from his battle with coronavirus.
The 53-year-old spoke to journalist Celia Walden of Sunday Telegraph magazine and told her all about her life with Derek now.
Kate said she wants nothing more than her husband to be back to the loud person he was before he contracted the virus in early 2020.
She admitted: “I would give everything I own to hear him being really shouty and full of opinions, ruffling feathers in the way that he used to.”
She also recalled she yearned for “The way he wouldn’t be able to do anything until he’d had his bath. The way he would sing so loudly in the mornings – and was generally just so loud! It would drive me mad.”
Kate added that she’d even like the couple to have the occasional disagreement as they did in the past. She remembered that when they had a difference of opinion, she would ask: “Why did you have to do that?” and Derek would reply: “Darling, I’m the grit in your oyster.”
The 54-year old psychiatrist and former Labour spin doctor spent last year in intensive care before returning home. He is still unable to function independently and relies on a team of nurses and therapists, as well as Kate, their children Billy, 11 and Darcey, 15, plus his parents and hers, to look after him. Derek can barely speak and eats with the aid of a feeding tube.
Speaking at the Who Cares Win awards recently, Kate revealed some progress. She said: “He’s had a good day today, we did some exercises together before I came out.
“A day at a time, but today’s a good day. Thank you for asking, that’s really kind of you.”
The documentary she made about Derek’s illness and aftermath, Finding Derek, recently won a National TV Award. She plans to make a follow-up film, but as she told the Sun, she has to go slowly as he sleeps a lot.
“Derek has a very short window of energy, but we are trying,” she admitted.
“It’s tempting when he drops off to use the time to prepare for work the next day or do the mountains of washing caring for him creates,’ she added, “or prepare the feed for his tube, but I have to remind myself that it’s just as important to sit with him, so that he can feel my presence and I’ll be there when he wakes, even for just 10 minutes at a time.”
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