Kate Garraway has given an update on husband Derek Draper's COVID-19 recovery, admitting she's finding it hard to parent their two children on her own.
Derek was hospitalised with the disease in March last year. He fought off the infection, but is still in a coma in intensive care.
In a new interview for Good Housekeeping's March issue (out now), Kate said that even though Derek is recovering, progress is slow.
She explained: 'We’re really hoping we’re on some kind of trajectory of improvement. It’s very much two steps forward, three steps back, but if I think back to where we were in March 2020, when Derek’s lungs were solid with infection and his infection rates were the highest doctors had seen in anyone who has lived, we’re undoubtedly in a more positive place.'
The TV and radio presenter added that parenting on her own has been tough, but she's found solace in the advice of friends and colleagues.
'I’m not sure I am coping! I honestly don’t know how single mums do it; it’s just so hard,' she said. 'A lot of the time I find myself thinking, "What would Derek say?" and "What would Derek do?"
'I’m lucky that I’m being supported by lots of friends, too, and [her GMB colleague] Ranvir [Singh] has been really helpful because she’s been operating as a single mum since her son, Tushaan, was very little. I asked her, "How do you do it?" and she said, "You just have to accept that you can’t do everything".'
Kate added that the kindness of strangers has given her and her children a lift when they've needed it most: 'That’s been one of the positives of this horrible time, and I’ve found it [kindness] in the most unexpected place.
'There’s a lovely lady who lives over the road from me and I didn’t know her before all this, but every week she makes a cake for me and the kids. Somehow she always knows when we most need a lift! We’ve really got to know each other because of it, too, and that’s been lovely.'
Read the full interview with Kate Garraway in the March issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
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