~Here's what the NHS website says: Your admission to hospital will depend on the type of procedure or care you will be receiving. You can attend as an outpatient, or be admitted as a day patient or an inpatient. It is a good idea to organise for a friend or relative to take you to hospital and pick you up again when you are discharged. Parking at a hospital can be expensive.~
The day before, hubby dropped a letter into the department he would visit, outlining all his treatments so far and how they affected him. This turned out to be well timed. The specialist wasn't aware of many of his points. One of the things that frustrates hubby is the lack of coordination between hospital departments and his general practice doctors.
His dressing plan had me chuckling. At 76, he wore a beautiful tailored suit in dark olive, with hand stitching on the lapel. At the neck, a gray-and-pink striped tie set off a fresh white shirt. Okay, the collar hung loose, but that was a good thing, right? The tie didn't choke him.
I took one look at him and said, “Hello, handsome.” Did he stand a little taller? Did he hold his head up with pride?
“Well,” he said. “I plan to show them I'm worth saving. I don't want to sit around in a sloppy outfit.”
This made me think. His effort showed the mindset of a man determined to beat the sentence hanging over him. He might not be able to change the system, but he could make a stand.
And so, in this case, 'Clothes maketh the man.'
It's so good to see a person who has made an effort with their appearance. I don't mean women wearing make-up, like actresses in a play. The real effort is to make the best of the way you were created. We are not born equal. Some are short, tall, thick-boned, slender. Hair, eyes, and skin colors vary, and so does fitness. There will always be others better. Taking that into consideration, don't slouch. Hold yourself straight and proud. Take delight in your age, no matter what stage you've reached in the great platform of life.
Excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet:
'Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,'