When I have a good night’s sleep I think oh that was absolutely wonderful. Why can’t that happen every night. Is it because I am getting older I don’t get eight hours or what.
Did you use to have eight hours?
Oh yes, yes.
And when do you think it started to change?
I think it started to change when my husband started to become poorly. And he would be awake a lot in the night and I would get up and make a cup of tea for us.
How long was he poorly for?
Actually he was poorly for about three or four years, but he was only really very poorly for the last year of his life. He had cancer.
I see, you used to care for him?
Well I am not a very good carer. I am a hopeless nurse but…
Why do you say that?
He used to say would death be any easier! (laughter)
He had a good sense of humour?
Yes. I am a hopeless nurse. I lose patience with people. If they have got a broken leg or something like that, you can actually see it and you know how long the healing is going to be, but when somebody says 'I am not well today' and I think 'oh gosh what can I do about this'?
So you used to make cups of tea in the night?
That is right yet. And get up and we had a great big kitchen, we lived in the [country] it was a big cottage and we had a great big kitchen and we used to go down and it had two easy chairs in the kitchen so the dog was in between us in the basket so we could just stay up all night really.
So you used to come down and sit up all night?
So he couldn’t sleep?
And that used to wake you up?
Did he wake up did he, or did you just wake up, were you aware of him being…?
I was just awake and aware of him being awake, and he’d try and creep downstairs sometimes but you are still aware of it aren’t you.
So you came down and joined him?
So I would come down and join him and have a little chat about this and that and that is all I am good at as far as nursing goes!