In the shoes of Gill’s Mum … | ‘Tales from the Bus Stop’ has been suspended

Thank you to all the people on Twitter who have sent best wishes to my Mum (a.k.a. @Gills_Mum) over the last few weeks. She is doing a bit better at the moment and, with my youngest son doing a bit of ‘Granny minding’, I was pleased to be able to go to The Kings Fund yesterday. I was invited to a very interesting event around shared leadership in health care, but that is another story.

Mum is easily bored when she cannot do her own thing, even if that is just pottering around in her house. She calls it her ‘rat run’. She reluctantly agreed to come and live with us for the time being and we are all ‘bumping along’ together as my Dad would have said. I was delighted to find that when I got back from London, Mum had written this little blog…

‘Tales from the Bus Stop’ has been suspended. I have a bad back and can’t get out! Such frustration! I do miss my little chats with my Bus Stop friends. Hope they are missing me!! Also the coffee shop. Oh well! Get on with it!

So what am I doing? Sitting in my wonderfully helpful daughter’s lounge and watching out the window. Cats and people come and go (it is a cul-de-sac). Don’t know who they are but feel I know them!

Had to have an X-ray yesterday. Rather unpleasant, although everyone was kind and helpful. Await results!

This has made me even more aware of how other people suffer. I have always watched people in the High Street, some with sticks, some on crutches or using mobility scooters or wheelchairs. They are so wonderful in getting about.

There is one man, probably younger than he looks through his suffering, who can’t do anything but get himself around. I always smile and give him a little wave and I think he waves back. Most people seem to ignore people like that and it must hurt.

I am very happy to have such a lovely family looking after me.

So how to amuse Gills_Mum while her mobility is so limited?

Mum's books IMG_6963Mum is an avid reader, so that helps. However, you may remember she is one to “run round the picture rails” when she can’t get out and about in her normal way.

Perhaps this will be an opportunity to get her into the iPad after all… We will keep you posted.

And some lovely messages and comments – good to collect them here as Mum gets to see them 😉

Please post comments and – who knows? – Mum might read them and reply on the iPad… 😉

About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives.
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14 Responses to In the shoes of Gill’s Mum … | ‘Tales from the Bus Stop’ has been suspended

  1. Viv Hamilton says:

    Heartwarming and so familiar. Hope Mum better soon. Keep up the good work, inspiring x


  2. Jo says:

    Hello Gill’s Mum, Sorry you have had problems with your back. Hope you are well enough to go home soon and get back on the bus!


  3. pippakelly12 says:

    I may have to start collecting the phrases of Gill, Gill’s (fabulous) mum and Kate Swaffer in the same way as others collect stamps. So far I have “running around the picture rails” (my favourite), bumping along together, rat runs (meaning, not short cuts for cars but pottering about indoors) and, from KS, BUB (aka back-up-brain) and re-investing in life. It’s a good start. Onwards and upwards, as KS would say.


  4. Nigel says:

    We need more from your mum fantastic stuff. Its really important to get thoughts direct from ‘the front’


  5. Hello Gill’s Mum. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. How about using your iPad to look at Google Earth? You could check out the places you’ve lived, visited, or would like to go to. The View tab also lets you look at historical images which can be really interesting. I used to do this with my Mum and it brought back some wonderful memories for us both.
    Hope you’re feeling better soon!


  6. luckockp says:

    Hello Gill’s Mum, very sorry to hear about your back problem and hope you’re soon feeling much better. I love to chat – some may say too much!- and whilst reading Gill’s blog just now I was imagining a ‘virtual bus stop’ where you & I might meet:-) maybe see you at #busstopchat 🙂 xxx


  7. Beryl says:

    Sorry to hear you are confined to barracks. You might like to try the computer game Wordament (a bit like boggle) or what about Baroness Trumpington’s autobiography ‘Coming up Trumps’ – another great lady who doesn’t let age define her! Hope you get out and about again soon.


  8. Mum says thank you all for your lovely comments. She is getting some great ideas about things to help her amused and will keep you posted! Any more suggestions, gratefully received!


  9. Sending warm wishes for a speedy recovery Gill’s Mum!! Keep up your fab blogging and enjoy the iPad 🙂 x


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