After M-in-Law's ops to fix her broken shoulder and hip in September, she has had to attend regular check-ups at the hospital to ensure everything is OK.
For her first check up we joined her at the London Hospital and waited 6 hours before she was seen (despite having an appointment). That's on top of 2 hours driving for us to get to the hospital.
At the second check up she had X-Rays then we waited with her for 4 hours before being told the consultant had been called away and would be back 1 hour later to resume the clinic. We took M-in-Law home without seeing the consultant.
We made a complaint to the NHS ... nobody should have to wait that long for attention, especially a 94 year old in a wheelchair! We asked that the Consultant simply look at the last set of X-Rays and telephone her to sign her off.
He wasn't willing to do that so today we accompanied her to the hospital yet again with his promise that she would receive priority treatment. She got seen just 10 minutes later than the appointment time - a miracle. She was seen by a Registrar while the Consultant sat in the far corner of the clinic avoiding our eyes (LOL) but at least she was seen and signed off .. What has happened to our NHS for heavens sake?
So we got back home around 1pm and I was able to take advantage of some natural light to do a bit more work on the dog portrait.
I stopped off at the framers and picked up the mount for the family Group Portrait which can now be delivered at the weekend in plenty of time for Mother's Day.
Last night's Private View at the Gallery went well I think ... but I did feel out of place. I'm just so conservative compared to my fellow Whitstable artists. I really need to get pink hair, or some 'arty' outfits in my wardrobe - Alice-in-Wonderland style dresses seemed to feature heavily last night together with gingham or mismatched lace separates, patterned tights, work boots (or at the very least some colourful wellies). Bit like my art really - that looked out of place with this particular exhibition which is mostly contemporary. We stayed for about an hour then sneaked out. Hopefully the viewing public will include a few more grannies and conservative folk who prefer pets/animals LOL
Well its been another hectic day. Tomorrow I'm looking forward to staying home and cracking on with the dog. May even make a start on the horse as well - so long as I'm using pastel for both I enjoy having more than one picture on the go