Kate Garraway says there have been ‘lots of little positives’ since her husband Derek Draper returned home from hospital
Kate Garraway says there have been ‘lots of little positives’ since her husband Derek Draper returned home – and he recently recognised she was wearing a ‘new dress’.
The ‘Good Morning Britain’ presenter and her children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, were ‘over the moon’ earlier this month when Derek was able to return home after he spent more than a year in intensive care battling coronavirus and then the after-effects – and he she was delighted ‘on so many levels’ just days ago when he spotted she was wearing a new outfit.
When asked how everything is, she said: ‘It’s a whirligig. It’s been wonderful having Derek at home.
Sweet: Kate Garraway says there have been ‘lots of little positives’ since her husband Derek Draper returned home – and he recently recognised she was wearing a ‘new dress’
‘There are lots of little positives. Whether they are positives because it is genuinely helping his cognition being at home, or whether it’s just because I’m there to see the little things. Whereas I couldn’t go in before. I don’t know.
‘But it feels positive, little moments of reaction.
‘He said something the other day. I walked in just before I left to go to Smooth [Radio] and he said, ‘New dress,’ which was just amazing.
‘And it was [a new dress].
‘I thought that was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it, he realised and remembered that I need a lot of flattery, so there was some emotional collection there.
‘And it was just a little moment. And we’re back to the bits in between.’
Kate admitted it has been ‘quite an eye-opener’ looking after Derek, who is receiving 24-hour care since he returned home from hospital, alongside the experts.
And it has made her realise what an ‘extraordinary, overwhelming responsibility’ being a carer is.
Speaking on ‘Good Morning Britain’, she added: ‘It is a relief [to have Derek home].
‘They [the experts] are an extraordinary bunch of people.
‘We all know carers are incredible, we’ve said it so much this year.
‘But for them it’s learning about him, learning about me.
‘It’s been quite an eye-opener.
‘We always talk about that role of caring and support in the home, how big it is, but until you’re actually at the coalface of it it’s an extraordinary, overwhelming responsibility.
‘So far so good, but I don’t want to tempt fate.’
Derek returned home on April 7th and Kate revealed he burst into tears when he saw his kids Darcey and Billy.
She previously said: ‘As we pulled up I could see Darcey and Billy looking out of the window and they ran out and opened the door and he immediately burst into tears and there was a lot of hugging.’
Kate is said to have spent thousands transforming her home to support Derek’s ongoing recovery, including turning the couple’s living room into his new bedroom.
He will have speech and language therapy and physiotherapy at home as he continues his road to recovery.