What I wore for a dr. appointment - une femme d'un certain âge

Friday miscellany: doctor’s appointments, what I wore & more

Some weeks it feels like the only thing that gets me out of the house is going to doctor’s appointments. 😆 So I dress as if I’m going somewhere fun.

This outfit was comfortable and put me in a good mood before I even headed out the door.

Back in 2006, I had my thyroid removed due to early-stage thyroid cancer. Fortunately between the surgery and follow-up treatment with radioactive iodine, I’ve had no recurrence. But every few years I go in for a neck ultrasound, just to make sure there’s no funny business going on in there. This week’s screening came back clean, not a surprise but always a relief.

Today I’m headed in for my semi-yearly mole check with the dermatologist. Skin cancer runs in my family, and I’ve had a couple of pre-cancerous bits. Fortunately here too, all of the recent checks have been negative. I’m religious about sunscreen, so hopefully I’ll keep that streak going.

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  1. Laurel L Barton
    February 3, 2023 / 6:10 am

    I am with you on dressing a bit for appointments. I miss dressing up now-and-then like when I was working, so I wear a nicer sweater or blouse, put on some jewelry, wear my “good jeans” and nice boots. Have to use those beautiful clothes I keep collecting!

  2. Pink Azalea
    February 3, 2023 / 6:25 am

    Great news on the medical front. Always feels good to know that all is well. Will be looking forward to the seasonal wardrobe palettes.

  3. Lee Ann
    February 3, 2023 / 6:45 am

    Always love your posts (and good news like this is always welcome!). Your hair, both color and cut, are so becoming and perfect for your “gamine” style!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 3, 2023 / 6:53 am

      Thanks very much, Lee Ann!

  4. Kari Pratt
    February 3, 2023 / 7:29 am

    Hello, I am recently retired and have been following your blog. I’m working to move from work attire, to presentable, fun, relaxed outfits and trying to skip the “slob” look…though sweats are so comfortable! I need some help organizing my closet. Most outfits have 3 main pieces; do you sort them tops, middles and bottoms? Do you hang complete outfits together? I feel like I have a mess and it’s a job to pull pieces together to make an outfit.

  5. McKlementine
    February 3, 2023 / 8:09 am

    I chuckled when I saw today’s photo. You look lovely, but it’s 4 degrees here in Chicago. I’m bundled up to my eyeballs and definitely not in white.

  6. Stephanie
    February 3, 2023 / 8:37 am

    Your hair looks great!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 3, 2023 / 8:43 am

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  7. Linda Henderson
    February 3, 2023 / 8:55 am

    I like the casual, chic look and your hair looks great!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 3, 2023 / 8:58 am

      Thanks so much, Linda!

  8. Rosemary Brock
    February 3, 2023 / 9:18 am

    love your outfit. I cannot wait for our weather to warm up! I am also religious about wearing sunscreen. Glad your checkups we’re good. I try to wear something cute to Drs. appointments in the hopes of doing something fun after.

    • Susan Blakey
      February 3, 2023 / 9:21 am

      Thanks, Rosemary!

  9. Susan B
    February 3, 2023 / 10:07 am

    Who would’ve thought we’d ever look at going to the doc as an occasion to dress for? But I’m right there with ya. At least you’re not having to style a hospital gown. Keep up your healthy lifestyle and looking fabulous as you do!

  10. Carla
    February 3, 2023 / 10:44 am

    So glad your tests came back negative! I always have to draw a deep breath when I go to the doctor. I find your blog the most helpful and useful to all that I read ! Thanks for the guidance on color.
    I started watching Seaside Hotel on your recommendation and love it. thanks

  11. Ann in Missouri
    February 3, 2023 / 11:50 am

    LOL! Heck, these days I get dressed up to go grocery shopping.

    COVID taught me the value of socializing—even with people in the checkout line.

    Ann in Missouri

    • Claudia
      February 3, 2023 / 7:23 pm

      Why not dress up for any and all outings. Not going many fancy places these days! A woman with a charming Scottish brogue complemented my outfit in the Walmart baking aisle one day…red wool coat, jeans, purple and white scarf, and purple beret. Feels good! Did the same for a doctor appointment last week.

  12. Alexandra Martella
    February 3, 2023 / 2:01 pm

    Love it! Very excited about the color categories which I am sure is not a surprise 😉

  13. Jeanne
    February 4, 2023 / 7:22 am

    iI also am a religious sunscreen wearer but recently had a skin cancer scare with a small growth on my lip–which is one place I hadn’t thought of putting sunscreen. I’ve added using lip balms with spf to my regimen and recommend that to everyone I know.

  14. Lisa
    February 4, 2023 / 9:19 am

    Hooray for your health!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 4, 2023 / 9:20 am

      Thanks, Lisa!

  15. Wendy in No. California
    February 4, 2023 / 12:31 pm

    I rarely comment, but I have to say I absolutely love this outfit!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 4, 2023 / 12:32 pm

      thanks so much, Wendy!

  16. Marilyn
    February 8, 2023 / 6:27 am

    I love the outfit as well, but noticed you turned the sleeves up on the blazer. I don’t think I’ve seen you do that before. Do you plan to get them shortened? I dislike the trend of sleeves covering the hand down to the knuckles and have passed on some pieces because of that. After a lifetime of being short and requiring hems, it’s great that I can buy cropped pants and avoid that. But I don’t intend to switch to altering jackets and tops!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 8, 2023 / 6:48 am

      Thanks! Sometimes I find turning up or pushing up the sleeves on a garment is a way personalize it a little bit, and here I like that look. But at full length, the sleeves hit just below my wrist, so can be worn that way too.

  17. Christine Thomas-O'Meally
    February 13, 2023 / 9:39 am

    Curious as a singing teacher – did you have any vocal repercussions as a result of the thyroid cancer? The laryngeal nerve near there is a major factor for singers when they contemplate thyroid surgery.

    • Susan Blakey
      February 13, 2023 / 9:49 am

      Hi Christine, not that I’m aware of. But I’m not a singer, and don’t use my voice professionally so maybe any changes would have been too subtle for me to notice.

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