Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 54, has warned her fellow carers to ‘put themselves first sometimes’ after developing a painful eye condition from working ‘very long days’ while looking after her husband Derek
Kate Garraway has urged carers and parents to ‘sometimes put themselves first’ after she revealed she was suffering from a ‘nasty eye infection’ following a hectic few days.
For the last year the 54-year-old mum-of-two has been caring for her husband Derek Draper, who is still battling the effects of long Covid as well as continuing to work on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
In a candid Instagram post Kate shared a selfie of her laying back on a sofa sporting a swollen eye.
“Inflamed cornea caused probably by wearing my contacts for too long on some very long days recently. Hence the glasses on @gmb on Friday.
“And to think I nearly didn’t get it checked out as was wanting to get back home to do some physio with Derek.
“A further reminder if you are a carer, parent or anyone really you have to sometimes put yourself first otherwise you are no use to anyone you are trying to help. 48 hours of putting drops in every hour day AND night & I will be back on track. Hope everyone is having a lovely #sunday.”
Kate’s positive post was met with an outpouring of support from her followers.
One wrote: “Oh Kate. You are an absolute Trojan. Feel better soon. x”
Another said: “Sending you Hugs Kate yes you have to look after yourself has well. Hope you feel better soon
While a third advised: “Please look after YOU.”
Kate recently revealed she sits by her husband’s side all night so he can “feel her presence”.
The 54-year-old TV presenter said that Derek is only awake for 28 hours a week and so she wants to be with him whenever she can.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Kate said: “‘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…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.”
Derek, 54, was diagnosed with the virus in March 2020 – and subsequently put into an induced coma to protect his organs.
The journalist is said to require round the clock care with two people needed to wash him while the medical staff work shifts so that he always has someone by his side.
Kate detailed her family’s struggle in the award-winning documentary Finding Derek.
After its success at the National Television Awards the presenter says she’s going to make a follow-up to the programme.
“Yes, is the simple answer,” the mum-of-two told reporters when asked about a potential sequel to the hard-hitting documentary.
Kate continued: “There is a lot of challenges that we’re facing now. I am now experiencing being a carer, and the challenges that are there.”