managers and several days of trying here I am again. I had a dreadful week last week with my poor hubby falling, grabbing hold of the wash basin and pulling it off the wall and the next morning he managed to pull over a five foot , five drawer chest. Amazingly he wasn't hurt. That morning, Friday, I took him to the hospice day centre and wasn't my usual cheery self after very little sleep and the trauma. One of the nurses asked me if I was OK and I told her how I felt. On Sunday afternoon at 2.50 pm I had a call from them asking if I'd like a couple of hours to myself from 3-5. Although very short notice I wasn't going to say no and had a lovely couple of hours in a friend's garden. On Monday evening I had a call asking if I'd like a night nurse to come in and I slept all night for the first time for 3 years. I couldn't believe it but the same thing happened the next night. Wednesday we were back to normal but today someone rang to invite my hubby to stay at the hospice for 4 nights. I took him 2 hours later to a beautiful room with French doors opening on to a garden full of fragrant roses. I cried when I left him (not so he could see) but made up my mind to make the most of these few days. I went out for a meal with friends and now feel very relaxed but not at all sleepy (I usually feel exhausted all the time) perhaps the bottle of wine made a difference. Up until Sunday I had never had any sitters other than from my son's on occasions and now this. I feel truly blessed and wish everyone in our situation could have the same help.