Lessons about the Press

My foray into the world of the local press over the last week has taught me some interesting life lessons.  Last week was all about my appearance on our local BBC radio station to talk about EGID, National Eosinophilic Awareness Week and baking for a child with multiple food allergies.  I had some great feedback from people who’d listened to what I had to say and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  The pros were all about getting that message out there and raising some much needed awareness about this rare condition. The cons were that I didn’t know what I was going to be asked beforehand as it was all completely unscripted and so missed giving some information that would, in my opinion, have made the interview even better.

Today an article featuring our family appeared in our local paper.  The interview hadn’t been the easiest as I took the phone-call at work and could be spotted standing on one leg about 10 feet from the front of the office, with my left hand raised in the air in a vain attempt to get a decent enough signal to be heard at the other end – well maybe not really, but you get the picture!  I don’t find explaining EGID the easiest thing in the world when sitting face to face with the person asking the question: there’s a tendency for the individual to begin to glaze over, right up until I mention that M struggles with multiple food allergies as part of his condition.  At that point, their interest sparks up again as everybody inevitably knows somebody who can’t eat wheat/gluten/dairy* (*delete as appropriate).  Now, imagine trying to discuss a rare and virtually unknown condition over the idiosyncrasies of the mobile phone network – nigh on impossible.

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However, despite it all, I’m not disappointed with the article that was written.  Okay, so the headline was misleading given our actual aim is to raise some much needed awareness about EGID rather than food allergies, but the reporter did include lots of important and accurate information.  I was delighted that she included some words about FABED, without whom I doubt I’d have found the confidence to even approach the press to report about M, as this was the bit that was missing from my radio interview on Friday.  To my delight, the paper has also agreed to run a small follow-up piece next week about our fundraising efforts this week and report how much money we have managed to raise for FABED.  That will be my opportunity to include FABED’s website details and to encourage our community to consider supporting this worthy cause.

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With all the excitement of 2 appearances in the local press within the space of a week, this media mogul decided she needed a break of the mundane task of family dinner and instead tonight’s menu was courtesy of Mike:

 

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Breakfast
  • Home-made bread (1 slice) with free-from spread
  •  Sliced pear
Bowl of:

  • Free-from cornflakes
  • Rice milk
Lunch
  • Sesame snaps
  • Fruit buttons (blackcurrant)
  • Chocolate cupcake (1/3)
  • Home-made rice bread (1 slice)

 

  • Sakata rice crackers (6)
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Peanut butter

 

  •  Brazil nut & sultana cereal bar (2)
  • Mango fruit smoothie
  • Apple
Dinner
  • 2x home-made rice bread (toasted)
  • Baked beans
  • Pears (1/4)

 

  • Taco shells (4)
  • Home-made chicken satay (chicken, onion, garlic, courgette, mushrooms, tomato, peanut butter, coconut cream, chilli flakes)
  • Home-made coleslaw (red cabbage, carrot, onion, egg-free mayonnaise)
  • Taco shells (4)
  • Home-made chicken satay (chicken, onion, garlic, courgette, mushrooms, tomato, peanut butter, coconut cream, chilli flakes)
  • Home-made coleslaw (red cabbage, carrot, onion, egg-free mayonnaise)
Snacks
  • Sliced pear (1/4)
  • Nakd cocoa orange date bar
  • Dried apricots (3)
  • Sakata rice crackers (2)
  • Peanut butter
 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Lessons about the Press

  1. TwinsplusTwo

    Well done, you did such a great job! I can write about most things but speaking about them is a WHOLE different ball game. re the menu we really struggle with the savoury foods and end up resorting to lots of sweet things too, even fruit is mostly sugar. It means that along with the reflux the twins’ teeth have really really suffered 😦

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    1. bluesingingdragon Post author

      Thanks. I get concerned about the amount of sugar M has, but when there’s so much else he can’t have, it’s tough to reduce that as much as I’d like – especially as fruit seems to be his “go-to” food when he’s in flare.

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    1. bluesingingdragon Post author

      We used the “Old El Paso” corn taco shells, although the packet does state that they “May contain wheat”, we’ve found M is ok with them. As an alternative, there’s a great website called “mexgrocer”, who sells a range of gluten-free Mexican products. There are some good alternatives here and I’ve found them really helpful when I’ve used them in the past. Their website is http://www.mexgrocer.co.uk/gluten-free/ HTH!

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