Before lock down, I visited my husband in his CH every other day for the past two years he's been there. I thought I was doing the right thing. As I've posted before, I've been so wrong as he hasn't been bothered much at all. In fact, I was probably making things worse by constantly reminding him of his "other" life, which he couldn't really remember but had an idea of. I now visit him by appointment, once a week. The title "The Penny has Dropped" refers to my seeing that it really doesn't make a lot of difference to him when I visit or if. This is the thing which is so hard. I need to go to make sure he's ok. It's not that I don't trust the CH, they are excellent. It's my mindset. I've cared for him, thought for him for over 10 years so I'm finding it really hard to hand over that care. I keep thinking ," I wonder if he needs some more shower gel, I wonder if the TV remote is ok, are his glasses ok etc etc" Of course they check but I need to also! Does this stop ? He's on my mind all the time. Friends keep telling me I need to get my life back but how can I ? It's so stupid of me. When I visit I struggle to find a subject to talk about. I can't mention home as that starts him off about when is he coming home. I try trivial things like how dreadful the explosion in Lebonon and he says "so what's that got to do with us!" So I try something else and he says "that's boring" so I say nothing and he says "so just don't sit there saying nothing with that look on your face" !! I can't win. I get over it and move on but it's hard. It's our 29th wedding anniversary soon. Do I bother to send a card or will that stir up memories. Should I just ignore it as he won't remember? Last year I took in a glass of wine but I'm not allowed to this year. I'll more than likely send a card because I'll feel better. When I see him later in the week as I'm working on the actual anniversary day I'm not expecting him to mention it, but I do hope he does in a way !!