Viewers followed Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek on ITV on Tuesday night and got a glimpse of how he’s adjusting at home after more than a year in hospital
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Derek Draper Di’s sister tearfully admitted that she wakes up every morning hoping it will be a good day for him.
He needs round-the-clock care after contracted with Covid in March 2020 but his family remains optimistic as he gradually improves.
The emotional show features Di discussing how his family thinks Derek will adjust to when he is ‘in his own environment’ again.
“What we were expecting, naively, was this kind of nice improvement trajectory, and what we’ve learned since he got home is that there’s no trajectory of improvement,” she said.
“You just had to celebrate the good days. I slept in [Kate and Derek’s son] Billy’s room right now, and I wake up every day and I tell myself this is going to be a good day. “
She added: “And you have to do it because if you don’t do it, you won’t see the very small differences that make for a good day.”
Housebound Derek – who left the hospital last year after 13 months and after being in a coma – is receiving round-the-clock care, Kate said he needs to survive.
He still has difficulty speaking and needs help moving. The family renovated the house to make it easier for Derek to use.
At the beginning of the show, Derek and Kate’s son William discussed his excitement about having his dad back home.
The 12-year-old even admitted that he had been waiting for his father to return to finish the Lego set they were building.
Viewers even got to witness his family celebrating his 54th birthday, decorating the house with balloons.
They even had a red velvet cake and present for him to open.
Before the show aired, Kate open about challenges take care of him.
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“The biggest challenge is the emotional challenge of adjustment … it’s the constant measurement of where the future is,” she said.
The Good Morning Britain star also explained that she finds “navigation of the social care system” extremely difficult.
“It was really hard and I thought for a long time about doing another documentary,” she said.
“I’ve thought long and hard about whether we have another story to tell because I don’t want it to turn out to be another regrettable party… that’s the challenge for anyone who is trying to break through the social system.”
Kate also hopes that the documentary can help show the effects of Long Covid and uncover the unknown, vowing: “We just need to persevere.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/derek-drapers-sister-admits-wakes-26303898 Derek Draper's sister says she can only hope every day is a 'good day' for him