Hello everyone

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.

With love

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

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14 thoughts on “A good news story!

  • 26th May 2017 at 10:10 am

    Over the moon for you…….on all levels, but especially your health.
    Love your blogs Penny, thank you.

  • 26th May 2017 at 10:36 am

    Great news. So delighted to hear everything is okay.
    We have recently just done what you are doing. Moved from the big family home, leaving everything in it for the new owners except our bed. We haven’t missed a thing and absolutely love our new apartment (actually very old as it was built in 1500!) and the more fitting furniture that we’ve purchased. Good luck in your new home.

  • 26th May 2017 at 10:48 am

    What good news. You have spurred me to make an appointment at the mole clinic soon to get checked out. Good luck with the move.

  • 26th May 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Good news and good advice!
    I hope you’ll be sharing photos of your new place.
    Love that shirt, btw.

  • 26th May 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Where are you moving to? I’ll be in Sussex in a few weeks!

  • 26th May 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Good to hear your news Penny, and all the very best with the exchange and then the move.
    All good wishes for your new life in Brighton. Did you find people to take on your roles at the Film Society in Newhaven?

    May send you some reflections on our first cruise experience but not now –

  • 27th May 2017 at 4:05 am

    Great top. Perfect for a casual outfit with jeans. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

  • 27th May 2017 at 8:07 am

    Hi Penny

    I have a very small house but rotate the paintings I own. Today I will hang three paintings which I put away last October so am looking forward to unwrapping and seeing them again. When you retire and are at home a lot you notice your artwork and ornaments a lot more. I also sold a few paintings I had fallen out of love with at a local auction house and then bought a new painting with the proceeds. The paintings are bubble wrapped and stored at the back of a couple of wardrobes. Don’t be too hasty in getting rid of them.

    Also I took the decision to sell some old jewellery that my ex-husband had given to me plus some pieces that my mother had not particularly liked either but I inherited. After checking with the younger female relatives who did not like the rings and necklaces at all, they are now up for sale and I feel better that they are not just sitting in the jewellery box as they have for the last 20 years !

    Now I am retired I enjoy reading blogs from women of a similar age and enjoy both this and your other blog.

    Good luck with the move,

  • 27th May 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely to meet you and your blog. I am so glad you got the OK on your skin. It is so very precious.

  • 27th May 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Great news Penny, glad all was well!! All the best with the move!!

  • 29th May 2017 at 8:25 am

    So glad to know that all is well health wise. Yes, I still believe our NHS is generally wonderful, apart from the odd hiccup… I’m so filled with admiration for all those people who work within this great institution, despite continued funding cuts, threat of Brexit etc. Oh dear, starting to get political – best popover to your other blog! All best wishes for your move & I can’t wait to hear more about this new adventure. June x

  • 29th May 2017 at 3:43 pm

    So glad everything is fine health-wise. The NHS probably comes up trumps thousands of times a day but we never hear about it, only the problems. Good luck with the move, I envy you for being able to start with a clean slate and no “tut” ! Gail x

  • 2nd June 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Pleased to hear all is fine with your skin. Good luck with your long awaited move.

  • 6th June 2017 at 3:30 am

    Glad things were benign. I’ve had a few things taken off before too but they weren’t anything major. It’s interesting to hear you talk about your health system because ours is so scary at the moment. I am so behind with my blog reading and I didn’t know you have another one. I will go catch up on that in a bit.

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