Sunday, February 10, 2013

Topsy-Turvy Day In Surrey

THIS ADORABLE PAINTING by an unknown artist on a wall at the Surrey Memorial Hospital expressed perfectly the topsy-turvy feelings we all have known when health goes awry for a while.

The drive to the medical facility was a breeze when my husband needed to get some tests done recently. Not so, however, our walk down the narrow and twisted pathway from the parking lot to the hospital doors.

It was a road patched with detours caused by extensive new construction.

With so much upheaval around us we thought it was funny to be told to wipe our feet … even when, (like in the painting), life seemed to have us standing on our heads with our feet in the air.

Although stages of construction could have been made more patient-friendly, there is no doubt that all the redevelopment and expansion is worth the temporary inconvenience. Surrey, the second largest city in BC, desperately needed an upgrade to its shabby health care facilities.

The project will cost well over $500 million and is described in this way by the city, “A new, state-of-the art critical care tower, complete with a new emergency department, perinatal centre, inpatient beds, intensive care unit and academic space to be built at Surrey Memorial Hospital.”

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22 comments:

Stephanie said...

Hope your husband has positive results from his tests. I love the first shot, very colourful.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I smiled at that wonderful painting, Penelope, and then laughed out loud at the "please wipe your feet" sign. I do love that your sense of humour and sensitive eye are in excellent order, even as you help your husband face health challenges. As you said, the upgrade to the hospital is not before need. I hope it will be a step along the way to improved resources that will make everyone's life easier when faced with medial dilemmas.

Carver said...

I love the painting. I hope your husband's tests went well.

Jannibele said...

I just love the first one! Put me in a very good mood:) Have a great Tuesday

Photo Cache said...

Hoping for the best for your hubs tests.

The painting is humorous.

Gary said...

Hope nothing serious is involved in the tests. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am so glad to hear that Surrey is finally getting some much needed updates.

And wishing you the best results, from the tests.

Jen

Sylvia K said...

Fun painting and not what you expect to see at a hospital!! Hope your husbands tests turn out well!! Holding good thoughts for you both!

Martha Z said...

Are health care facility had a recent building boom and I know how disruptive it can be.

Ebie said...

Sometimes, my mind get topsy turvy too. Nice work of art.

Good health and results be with your hubby and to your family!

Hahaha, that would cause a traffic jam!

Dianne said...

Ah! 500 ml is a lot of money but being spent on upgrading your health care centre I'm sure will mean a big improvement to your community.
I love the topsy-turkey painting .... just gorgeous.

Fun60 said...

I like the comparison of the painting to the construction work sign!

eileeninmd said...

I like the topsy turvy photo, it is perfect for the construction sight. It is always nice to see improvements being made. I wish you all well! Have a great week!

Carol L McKenna said...

Fun and creative photography ~ wishing your husband well ~ Carol of (A Creative Harbor) on blogger ^_^

Marie said...

Charming and delightful painting! Hope things went well for your hubby.

Jackie said...

Great shots and they reveal such truth! It seems that hospitals are the worst of the lot when remodeling! One would think they would be the safest!

Scary and I am glad you retained your sense of humor. I also hope your husband is doing better!

Jenny Woolf said...

Our local NHS hospital spent a lot of money on getting itself a new facade, but hasn't bothered to upgrade the A & E washrooms since it was built! Quite extraordinary.

And I hope the tests have gone well.

stardust said...

The painting made me smile. A person is doing a handstand (or headstand) in high grass? I like the way you associated the painting with “Wipe your feet”.

I hope no problem with the medical examination result of your husband and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that.

EG CameraGirl said...

Our local hospital was renovated just a while back so I know how inconvenient it can be. But it will all be worth it!

snowwhite said...

I do hope everything about your husband was all right.
The picture is very intriguing.
The boy may be joking and enjoying people's reaction.
This picture must have many interpretations depending on the state of the mind of each person.
Have a great week!
keiko

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Thoughts and prayers going out to your husband. I just found your blog. I love your other blog too (the one with the photos)!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

There is no time like the present to thank all that have sent their good wishes to my husband as we try to resolve the ongoing mystery of his health problems. One test leads to another and right now there are more questions than answers. But I do believe each kind thought makes a difference in a positive way. :)