Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A Day Out

Going to the Isle of Wight today was a bittersweet experience. Cowes out of season is very quiet. We had to get a very early fast ferry then bus to St Mary’s Hospital. The doctor who had cancelled the previous appointment examined Ray for an hour and then said he hadn’t finished and Ray would have to come back another time for the final 15 minutes! Ray suggested coming back later in the day as at the moment we have a number of medical appointments for me which must be kept and he wouldn’t be able to come back another time. Miraculously a slot was found one and a half hours later.

As the doctor is for the Defence his report will not be favourable to Ray. It was an odd and uncomfortable consultation and Ray was told he had “illness behaviour” – presumably psychosomatic problems. I am sure our barrister can sort him out.

We had lunch in the Island Sailing Club and ice-cream from Mingella’s so we made the best of the day. I have been so many times with Ray and the children that it was a little sad in some ways but it was good to be together. The rain held off and we were both dressed for the Autumn chill.

I’ve looked up “illness behaviour”. I understand the Research Group is “well funded” – no doubt by numerous insurance companies or am I just being cynical.

The house is very quiet – not that Anna made much noise but because there is one less person here and Autumn is a quiet season.

I’m not looking forward to tomorrow as it is likely to be very inconclusive – also very expensive driving into and parking in Central London but I don’t have much choice at the moment. A London bus is a lot more germ-laden than the sleepy Isle of Wight.

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