In between dump runs and trips to the local charity shops (to off-load rather than buy) I also went to the NHS Skin Department. And btw, thanks so much for all your comments and good wishes. I truly hope I’ve alerted some of you to get your skin checked.
I must say our wonderful National Health Service came up absolutely trumps – should we use that word now?! I saw my General Practitioner last Thursday, got an under 2-wk referral, was rung up on the Monday and seen on the Tuesday!!! Totally amazing and so good as the consultant said – all benign.
The thing on the back was the reason they acted quickly. It was apparently thought to be a colourless melanoma but no, says the consultant, not so. Sun-damaged induced liver spot of an atypical type (colourless apart from its vascularity). Also the mole on my right toe is not a mole!! It is seborrheic keratosis and benign. However, she thought I had the type of skin to see the Mole Clinic very regularly, and come back any time for a second opinion after a visit there, which is wise, I think, as the initial skin check is with nurses and costs £135. Fair enough as they take an hour to look at and name absolutely everything on your skin. You even have to pull your knickers down. But if they want you to see a consultant, as they did this time, costs begin to rack up.
Anyway, money should never come into the equation, as I haven’t forgotten going to a private skin clinic nearer home where the consultant gave a cursory glance to my skin and then focussed in on a red area on my breast. That needs a biopsy, she said. But I’d just bought a new bra from a specialist bra shop that insisted I buy a really tight bra ‘for the fit’! I kept telling her, ‘no this is my bra, what’s done this’, but she kept on about making the appointment and paying up over £300 for hire of the theatre, then her fee, then the lab work – geez. Even with the argument at the cash till over the biopsy I was out of there in under half an hour – not good value for money! And the mark disappeared by the evening. The Mole Clinic is not like that. I shall go back to the Mole Clinic in 6 months time and then yearly thereafter, and not leave it two years. All good then.
We (that’s Mr Frugalfashionshopper and me) are frightfully busy with all the de-cluttering we’re doing. We’re taking barely any furniture with us – it’s all going apart from our bed and a few other things. There will be no brown, old-fashioned/antiquey furniture. Instead, we’re buying new smaller, neater more modern (with a hint of retro) furniture and it’s quite creative thinking about what will fit in. Many books have gone – even making big decisions about some of the art. When I said I was down-sizing I really meant it!
As a result I’m wearing jeans a lot.
The short-sleeved shirt is a recent cheap buy from a charity shop (£2.99), jeans from Peacocks.
Taking everything in consideration, I’m a happy bunny.
But it’s been a long haul. Our buyers saw our property in February and, did I say, we saw the flat we’re moving to in September last year! We expect an exchange of contracts early next week and a move the following week – fingers crossed.
Btw, it’s really hot here in the UK, so I’ll show you some hot weather clothes next time. But that’s all for now.
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Sharing with:
Nicole of High Latitude Style for her Top of the World Style linkup
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style and her Fancy Friday linkup
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her Saturday linkup (when it goes live)
P.P.S And if you’ve read down this far – thank you! For a more serious and longer post there’s an update on the British General Election on My Other Blog