‘Married at First Sight’: Derek Sherman Helps to Erase Katie Conrad’s Fears With This 1 Move

At first, fans of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight weren’t too sure about Derek Sherman and Katie Conrad. Derek had never been in love before and appeared to be “all in” for a lifetime relationship. Meanwhile, Katie admitted to having cold feet just before her wedding day to Derek because of an old flame who had come out of the woodwork after ghosting her to profess his love.

But the Married at First Sight Season 10 couple hit it off right away after their wedding. On the Jan. 29 episode, “Trouble in Paradise,” Katie and Derek enjoyed their time together while on a romantic honeymoon in Panama. Katie, who has Type 1 diabetes, asked Derek to help give her her insulin shot before a day by the pool, which meant a lot to her because of her dating history.

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Derek helped Katie take her insulin

The honeymooning couple got ready for the day by donning swimsuits for time at the pool with the other Married at First Sight pairs.

Before they left their hotel room, Katie told Derek she hoped he’d help her with her insulin dose. “I do need you to help me take my insulin, if you don’t mind,” she told him.

Derek seemed game and told her, “All right, let’s do it. This will be the real test.”

The 26-year-old bride explained that men hadn’t always been comfortable with her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Their discomfort had never helped her build trust, she told Married at First Sight producers.

“I have dated guys in the past who weren’t, like, super comfortable with the fact that I’m diabetic, but from what I’ve gotten to know about him so far, Derek is really different,” Katie said. “And it would be nice to have a husband who wants to take care of me.”

Katie admitted Derek was different from other men she’d dated

Katie showed her husband how to administer her insulin. “You’re gonna stick it in, and then you’re gonna push this,” she explained, as she prepped the shot. While Derek seemed a little apprehensive, it went off without a hitch.

The Married at First Sight bride seemed nervous as she ventured, “That was perfect. Was that okay?”

“Yeah, that was fine,” Derek said, looking pleased with himself.

“You didn’t feel nervous?” Katie pressed.

“I felt a little nervous,” Derek admitted, but they embraced and moved on. The fact that Derek hadn’t made a big deal out of Katie’s medical history, or with helping her out in such an intimate way, seemed to create a foundation of trust and comfort between the young couple.

“The biggest thing I wanted out of Married at First Sight was to find that person that I could fall in love with,” Katie told Lifetime producers. “And Derek could be that person.”

Fans loved how willing Derek was to help Katie

Many Married at First Sight fans were impressed with Derek’s maturity and the couple’s comfort levels with each other after just three days of marriage. “When Derek gave Katie her insulin my heart melted,” one Married at First Sight viewer wrote on Twitter during the episode.

“Derek is an awesome guy,” another fan gushed. “Helping Katie with her insulin shows [he] cares about her health, and wants to help her any way he can,” they wrote. Another fan added, “Yes Derek handled the insulin like a champ.”

Katie seemed to agree. On the episode, she hinted that she saw a future with her new husband. “This guy is so perfect,” she gushed. “He’s making me feel some type of way.”

The Married at First Sight star even said, “It’s only been a few days together, and I feel like we’re best friends already.”