Those of you who are regular readers of this blog may have wondered what happened to my Wednesday Wish last week. Well *flicks hair*, I was in Milan darlings! Now, just how fabulous does that sound?!
I was very honoured to be asked by Novartis Pharmaceuticals to travel to Milan so that they could interview me about my experiences with psoriasis. This interview was recorded and will be used at medical conferences/seminars etc. as an example of patient experience. It included such questions as;
‘How long did it take before your psoriasis was diagnosed correctly?’
Answer: The first time I went to my GP
‘What would be your primary piece of advice for other patients?’
Answer: Find the right dermatologist.
‘What would be your primary piece of advice for health professionals?
Answer: Listen to your patient, spend time with your patient and explain the options available.
I should point out that these are very abridged versions of my actual answers. As someone who will happily talk to the wall if there’s nobody else around, I was most amused when at the end of the interview, the cameraman (English was not his first language) beamed and said “You are very good at talking”.
But … clearly the main question for this 24 trip was what should I wear? I have no idea how long this video will be in circulation so it was important to wear something fairly classic. No point in wearing a bling statement necklace that in ten years’ time would scream 2014. Equally, it was important that I should practice what I preach … so despite my current clear scalp (happy skip), a dark jacket was out of the question. Time to go shopping!
And this was what I bought …
The truly great advantage of this jacket was that despite being folded in a case for an entire day, lugged on and off two flights (via Frankfurt. Dear. God. I hate flying!) it was completely wrinkle free when I reached my destination. I teamed it with my cream Tesco shell top, my all-time favourite jeans, which are dark grey and my beloved Mary Portas for Clarks peep toe boots. I left the bling behind and opted for my Tiffany Key chain. All very subtle.
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Then once the interview was over, I found myself with six hours to spare, so I changed the boots for flats, swopped the blazer for a leather jacket, threw on a scarf and off I went to do a little sightseeing.
I am not one who likes wandering around cathedrals … but the Duomo was seriously spectacular
I wait one year to visit this shop … and then visit two in the space of a few weeks!
Not just your average mall …
When in Italy …
And just why he was selling fake Burberry in an Italian city is beyond me!
And have I mentioned the food? Mamma Mia, these Italians can eat! Novartis very kindly took me to dinner on the night before the interview, where the wine flowed, the conversation was most entertaining and the courses just seemed never-ending. Below is the starter, the pasta course and then the main course. I was genuinely too full and tired to even bother taking pictures of dessert or coffee. I pretty much rolled back to the hotel!
I am hoping that Novartis will be kind enough to send me a copy of the video. If so I will post it here at a later stage. However, given how ‘good at talking’ I am, I fear there may be quite a bit of editing required before it’s ready for viewing!
No exotic travels planned for this week, so I’ll be back on Wednesday with my usual wish.