Local media’s turn……

Since publishing my book I’ve learnt an awful lot about this strange new world. One being about the pecking order of when you can do what for whom……….Now I’ve done all the national stuff I can now do local stuff and they all seem to know this now as well. I’ve had numerous emails, all of a sudden, from local stations asking for interviews. This week has all been local and Friday I found myself very local in Hull.

The morning was BBC Radio Humberside and the afternoon was pre recording Look North with Peter Levy ready for showing next week as I wasn’t free next week.

So the first trip was early doors and the taxi arrived at 07.30 even though I wasn’t on until 08.40……..they always allow you to arrive very early so they can relax and have you in their sight🤣

After waking up to heavy snow yesterday, it was a beautiful blue sky this morning!

The taxi driver was wonderful and asked lots of questions so had my little talk and then had many stories himself. He’d been a taxi driver for 28 years and had done over 3 million miles😳 and told me all about his travels around the world. A lovely journey…….

I was shown into the production area and someone immediately made me a cuppa☕, so I settled in writing this part of the blog while I waited…….

I was only going to have 5 minutes so I sat thinking what I wanted to say 🤔 as 5 minutes disappears before you know it…
I was being interviewed on the breakfast show by Lizzie and Carl about my book and the relationship with my daughters with it being Mother’s Day. I was shown in and was about to say about language when the red light suddenly appeared, showing we were on🙄…….however I needn’t have worried……no mention of the ‘S’ word and a very nice interview …….I think! They don’t appear to do catch up so can’t include a link, but then it was only 5 minutes……..

But I did have time to take a piccie of them ….they asked if I wanted to be in it but I’ve seen enough of me lately

They had booked a taxi to be waiting for me and I was home by 09.30……never have I left the house at 7.30 and been back at 9.30……I had to have a lie down with a cuppa to continue waking up……🤣

And so to the afternoon…..I’d had an email in the morning saying my taxi would be with me at 3.30. I knew this would be pushing it a bit at this time on a Friday but they said it would be fine🙄…..the taxi was late…….due to the traffic……..the studio was then in a panic as I was due in at 4pm………no way was that going to happen…….🤦‍♀️…………I arrived at 4.15….

Anyway…..I got to the studio and was shown upstairs where a cuppa tea was waiting…….and then Peter Levy, the presenter came in for a chat before the real thing. We then went into the studio and chatted for a few minutes. It was suppose to include talking about my book and the research going on at Hull University around technology………..It wasn’t the best I’d done as I got a tickle in my throat right at the beginning – they should have stopped and restarted but I could tell, because I was late I was putting them behind schedule……anyway, but they didn’t stop so they may not even show it as I’m sure he didn’t ask me all he said he was going to🤔……….At the end we had the obligatory photo

And then it was over………….for another week. It’s due to be shown on Tuesday evening at 6.30.

The journey home was an even bigger mission as roads are gridlocked in Hull at that time of day……but another nice taxi driver told me his tales of knowing the back streets of Hull so well that he sees it as a challenge to weave in and out, trying to beat the queues…….

And it gave me a chance to finish this blog on the way home…..👍

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

2 thoughts on “Local media’s turn……

  1. Wendy,I am the Wife of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 but who started displaying difficulties in 2009, we have never met but have been following your blog for about a month now. ( after a friend from the Outer Hebrides told me about your book – the power of the internet!!!).
    Was worried after reading your blog about your forthcoming interview with Peter Levy at Hull Look North. To be interviewed for Radio Humberside early am and then record an interview for Look North a very tough asking ( task).
    Watched the broadcast on Look North tonight. Fantastic. In a few minutes you achieved so much. Just had to say thank you for everything you are doing.

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