Yesterday the news was announced that Babs Windsor had been diagnosed with Alzheimers 4 years ago by her hubby Scott.
It’s always sad when anyone gets diagnosed but someone in the media eye always brings it to the forefront in the publics eye too. It immediately shows how dementia discriminates against no-one.
Well, suddenly the media grabbed hold of the story and by midday all cogs were in overdrive and I had an email from my publicist first, as BBC Breakfast had contacted them asking if I’d go on Fridays programme to take part in a discussion. The amount of emails that then flew backwards and forwards appeared to be going at the speed of light……..
I’d already said ‘yes’ to 2 extracts from my book going in one newspaper and then another article or letter…..can’t remember now!, going in another….
…….. but then it became so overwhelming that I told them to get on with it and let me know if I needed to go anywhere🙄
I had a visit to my village Primary school in the afternoon which I didn’t want to cancel and thank goodness I didn’t. The Headmaster had contacting me asking if I’d go and talk to the pupils there and by the time I left I’m hoping to talk to all 272 of them in three batches soon……..can’t wait for that fun
Ooooooo I digress again……..anyway, the emails back and forth continued but I just watched and waited………The Producer then asked to Facetime me……that usually means they want to check I can still coherently speak.
I duly had a chat with the lovely Katie and we got on like a house on fire……We did the usual ‘research chat’ and I must have passed………Katherine Smith from the Alzheimers Society was also going to be on the programme along with a supporter. There was talk of a car picking me up before they picked Katherine up in the morning but the stress of that didn’t appeal as I know the M62 traffic jams too well from my old life…….so Katie agreed to book my tickets and a room in the Media City hotel.
I’d had my suitcase packed since the seed was sown as I know how last minute these things get, so once we’d finished our Facetime call, I rang my taxi company who whizzed a taxi there in double quick time and I was at the station before the code arrived for my ticket🤣
Katie would keep in touch en route and let me have the details of the car that was picking me up in Manchester and told me where I was staying for the night.
Before all this I’d txt Sarah and Gemma to say…..”Just to let you know……I’m on my way to Media City ……..” Laughing emojis came back my way………….😂🤣😂🤣
By the time I was on the Manchester train it was gone 6 and I felt suddenly verrrrry tired…..the frenzy of the day suddenly catching up with my brain……and I needed a cuppa tea……I’m sure, due to all the activity that I’d missed out on some cuppas today…….and Transpennine don’t have cuppas………😳😱😫
So I had to make do with the view out of the window……
The plan was for a driver to meet me outside Sainsbury’s at Manchester Piccadilly – perfect – and he was there waiting and drove me to the Hotel at media city, where the receptionist promptly told me there was no room in my name😳…..I showed her the email that said I had😳……and she got me a cuppa tea while they sorted it…….and sort they immediately did……AND someone came up to my room with the and showed me how to use everything⭐⭐⭐⭐.
By this time it was way past my snuggle time and I was verrrrry tired 😴😴😴😴, sooooo glad to climb into a bed with a cuppa…….
A lovely morning dawned and I sat playing solitaire and wake up with a cuppa before heading downstairs to meet Kathryn Smith who had also been invited on behalf of the Alzheimers Society. We were to walk over together. I was simply there as me today. We were immediately met by a lovely lady who said she looked after me last time! And so to make up……the conversation went like this……
‘Lipstick’……no thanks just powder……’blusher?’…..no thanks, just powder……..’Just Powder?’……….yeeeh!
It was a lovely surprise when Simon, son of SongaMinute Man walked into the Green room….and we had a lovely conversation about Coronation Street!
We then went through towards the studio to have the mics sorted and before we knew it we were being taken on set and Naga welcomed me like an old friend as did Charlie, which made my day…..They were soooo nice, as always.
We spoke of the need to talk about dementia and with Dementia Action week coming up, it put dementia, once again, into the spotlight……..The interview with us all was off the back of yesterdays revelation that Barbara Windsor had been diagnosed 4 years ago.
Obviously I could type while on set so don’t know what I said but it seemed to go down very well……..but it was all over far too quickly again………just time for a piccie…..
The cars were waiting for us all and mine took me back to Manchester Piccadilly……..a case of ‘The calm after the storm’……….looking forward to chilling over the weekend now.
I know I probably sound quite blasé about it all but if I thought about it in too much detail, I’d just say no and then miss out on another adventure……so as long as other people have the stress of sorting out the logistics, I let them get on with it and enjoy the ride………
As I said to Katie, from the BBC, during her questioning on Facetime…….:
“Once you’ve got your head around the diagnosis, don’t dwell on the losses or the future as you have no control over each. Instead enjoy this moment as there are still many adventures and laughter to be had”
By the by…….I was sat next to a lovely girl on the train……..who must have seen me…..found pictures of me on the internet and kindly asked if I was me…….🤣…….”today I’m sure I am”……….and then proceeded to ask lots of good questions…..a wonderful end to a hectic 24 hours………