Saturday 25 April 2009

Another day ... are we in Tokyo?

Dear Mr Postman .. thank you for coming today so I can give you another few stories and then I'll ask you to start delivering our letters again ...

Today - we're not so good .. I need to go back and see how Mum is later on. However a couple of quick stories to give you a little more background .. the kind of thing I encounter on a daily basis when I visit ...
The ward is noisy .. there are only 5 beds, but what with nurses, doctors, care workers, cleaners, tea trolleys, visitors and patients - it's somewhat busy .. in fact positively terrible .. no peace at all. Poor Mum .. she wasn't too happy .. and eventually said "are we in a brothel!!??" I just burst out laughing ... no, I don't think so!! "where are we .. are we in Tokyo?" No .. unfortunately not .. we're still in Eastbourne.

Another couple of stories are in previous posts: Palm Sundays, Strokes and Reminiscences and She's Gone Cuckoo

Today though I wanted to thank some of you who are being so kind to me and supporting me through my mother's journey, while also guiding me on the positive letters blog:

Giovanna Garcia, of her Imperfect Action blog, together with her husband Craig Garcia .. have been my role models and guiders through this process. I couldn't have got where I am today without their support, their wisdom and their humility within the online community - I embrace them.

Tess came over from The Bold Life (as a guest speaker for Lance on the Jungle of Life) - and she talked about treats - appropriate for my Ma and brought me a few memories. I love her quote at the beginning of her post "If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important" -how true in my present journey. I think there's a conspiracy here .. they both completed their tax returns and disappeared off the planet for a while ...??!! I just hope they've had or are still enjoying a well deserved break - it'll be good to have them back.

Daphne from Joyful Days has been amazing .. and actually wrote me an open letter on her Joyful Days blog .. for which I feel truly honoured - entitled "A Positive Letter for Hilary" - I used her lovely picture for yesterday's post.

I am overwhelmed .. and so blessed by you all .. I haven't forgotten Positively Present, Liara, and all my blogging buddies who've been so supportive since we started with Gio .. - I will be back with some more endorsements. Forgive me - I need to get to the hospital ..

Thank you Mr Postman .. it's really nice to have someone who listens and who understands our life at the moment ..

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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positively present said...

That's so great that you have such support from other bloggers. That makes me really happy! Thank you for mentioning me too. :) I really enjoy reading your posts. They are so inspiring!

I laughed when I read what you mom said. She sounds like I real character, just like my mom. I wish you both happiness and peace.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Positively Present .. thanks for enjoying our story .. she is an amazing character .. and full of life (when she can be)... it's wonderful having such strength of mind as you know with your own mother.

Thanks for your support and for our happiness and peace -

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Liara Covert said...

Health care facilities can seem like bustling places. Yet, as you shift to focus on the reason why you are in such a place, then you find you can learn to effectively block out external noise and concentrate on what matters.
Many people have insight into such places, as patients, staff, volunteers or visitors. Regardless of your reasons for being in a hospital, you can learn to feel different levels of energy vibration, including those of healing.

Spirits guide every step of the process. As you and your mum are realizing on new levels, no human being is ever alone and purpose exists for every experience. One learns to attune to the complexity of one's own body, of the mysterious functions that enable you to exist right now.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Liara .. thanks for being here .. I'm in limbo land .. the week ahead is going to be difficult .. but I have to stay strong for my Ma ..

It's great to have you here sharing .. thank you ...
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Giovanna Garcia said...

Hi Hilary

It has been an amazing to watch you grow and your work in helping people all over the world. There is such a need for what you are doing, everyone of us have or will have love ones ill, sad, or just need something to help get the mind going. You are fullfilling that need. I can't wait to see your work become a book.

Thanks for putting me on your list of great blogger here. I am honored :-)
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Daphne @ Joyful Days said...


It's a marathon, and you both feel tired I know. Thanks for the mention - you're a darling. Take care and keep us posted.

Unknown said...

Dear Hilary,

I hope your mother recover so that she can really visit Tokyo where I was born and raised.

Shaw Funami
Fill the Missing Link

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gio .. I'm so pleased I'm fulfilling something you and Craig saw in me .. and allowed me to see inside myself with my letter writing to family and friends.

It will be humbling if I can help a few people in this world .. the journey is an honour to be on and the people I've met through it have allowed me to learn so much ..and I hope these stories will inspire others to enjoy the process.

You've inspired me and deserve to be at the top of the list .. thank you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Daphne .. thank you so much for your comment - your perfect action to my imperfect action on my blog .. writing me an open letter as I had no email contact - has just given me an explosion of moral boosting. I'm so grateful .. new opportunities ahead and support while I continue the journey.

Good comment .. it is our London marathon today .. so your words are a good connect!

I just look forward to our communications in the days and months ahead ..

All the best
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. thanks for your comment .. my Mum would love to travel and see all these places she mentions .. unfortunately we are on the last chapter .. it's a long road - but that's wonderful as we can share the life we are able to do ..

All the best
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Peter Baca said...

Hi Hilary,

Your mom had be laughing...with her comment about are we in a brothel? Sometimes people at this stage get confused!

Wish her my best!

Pete Baca
The Car Enthusiast Online

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Pete .. she was serious!! A lot of noise, a lot of people, people in and out, a lot of squeaks .. need I say more ...

Tokyo is just another city .. like Auckland, Melbourne, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Valparaiso .. you name it .. she knows where it is ..

She loves you .. you're my car man!!

All the best - from the brothel in Eastbourne!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Believe Achieve - Hugo and Roxanne said...

Hi Hilary!

We can completely relate to the experience. When our Mia is in the hospital, it seems almost non-stop with nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists. Now, during any hospital visit, Hugo and I do the work of all the nurses and therapists we are capable of performing. This helps Mia have more of a comfortable hospital stay when Mommy and Daddy are taking care of her, instead of the new stranger every 4 hours.

Your Mum is a character! Since when did the two of you open up a brothel in Tokyo? LOL

Hugs to You and Mum!

Many Blessings....
Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Roxanne and Hugo .. thank you! Yes - Mum is a real character and her repartee shines through .. and I never know what's coming next!

I think we might consider opening one up in our next lives .. could be an interesting story!! She'll have to wait a few score years for me though before we can consider it!!

I'd love to be able to visit before 2.00pm - but she's in a high dependency unit and there are masses of specialists, sisters, staff nurses, nurses, careworkers etc floating around ..

Many thanks and a little big hug to Mia and a real cuddle to Noa!! & you too of course?!
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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