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 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… 😉