My wife is recoveing from a severe stroke that took place in mid-January. She has been home for just over a month now. She is right-side paralysed and so is in bed, although she is now being hoisted out into a chair every so often. We get plenty of support from our NHS physio/OT/speech team, and carers come four times a day for personal hygiene, etc. I do the rest: meals, laundry, general care, entertaining her as far as I can, listening out for anything at night (she was suffering from nightmare dreams, which thankfully seem to be passing), etc.
But I have a particular problem. My wife is very anxious about me leaving her side, even for five minutes. I can hardly even get out for a short walk or anything, let alone a shopping trip. Often she will call for me when I am a nearby room, doing something for her (I don’t have time to do anything for myself any more …) I do nip out sometimes when her therapists or carers are here, but other than than I am feeling pretty trapped.
Has anyone else experienced this? Any tips or ideas on how to tackle it?