I’m writing this post to challenge you all to be alert and vigilant in keeping that body of yours in a good state of health. Which I’m sure you are, and there’s no need to say that. Live in the moment, love your body but be observant and attentive out there.
OK, I haven’t been sleeping all that well since my London trip. I didn’t tell you that we were able to be practically first in the queue for the Saturday opening of the Pink Floyd exhibition because we stayed overnight. And on that Friday I went to the Mole Clinic.
I’ve been going off and on to the Mole Clinic ever since I reached 60 and several times they’ve find something – usually the minor Bowens (which is frozen off) and last time a basal cell (which is scraped off). I’d left it two years, but that wasn’t unusual. I go because I have Scottish skin, with many blemishes. In fact, my skin is so white and transparent now, it’s almost blue and certainly is on my legs. And once upon a time I had red hair.
Just the type to avoid the sun and put on Factor 50. But did I keep out of the sun when I was young? No, I did not. Remember Bridgitte Bardot? All we teenagers ever wanted to do was to have blonde hair, blue eyes, pink lipstick and a deeply tanned skin. We put that Ambre Solaire oil on (the one that smelt of summer) and went into the sun until our skin blistered and was bright red. And, of course, I regret it now, but then it was just what we did.
Well this time, they found 4 things; two were very minor but one freaked me out and one (a different one) the clinic focused into big-time.
Here’s what freaked me out.
This is last year’s photo and can you see it on my right foot – a mole? It’s atypical now and must be re-imaged in 3 months now. Oh, blast. The thing is I cover up everything now and never sunbathe but throughout the summer I always wear open-toed sandals and bare my toes. See a younger version of Mr and Mrs Frugalfashionshopper. And what am I wearing red open-toed sandals – always have.
But the clinic was much more interested in an atypical vascularity something on my back, which they said needed an urgent referral. To cut a long story short I’m not going back to the clinic (which costs money and I don’t think money should come into any healthcare transaction. More about that another time on My Other Blog) instead I have an under-2-wk referral to our wonderful NHS.
So, double blast. But hey, apart from having a few dark thoughts in the night – and who doesn’t. Look at it this way. I never saw any of these problems with the naked eye, especially the one on the back. I mean, this is good, me being vigilant.
And I’m telling you all of this, as I said, to challenge you to be doubly careful about yourselves and your body. Which you are, anyway. But don’t ignore anything. Take care out there.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper