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Guesstimating Size

on March 8, 2013

My appointment with the hematologist turned out to be as unnecessary as I expected. He looked at my blood counts and agreed that the things that are low are consistent with thalassemia trait, which I already knew about. He said that I’m not iron deficient and that giving me an infusion would just stock more iron than I need in my liver with no way to get rid of it. He was unconcerned and, hopefully after he sends his report, my surgeon will be too.

Since I had to take off the entire day from work because the doctor’s office is 2 1/2 hours from home, I decided to stay overnight so that I could take advantage of being “off the rock” as we call it when we leave the Keys.

This arrangement meant I could spend some time with friends and also do a little shopping.

I went to Lane Bryant. The first thing I did was get a bra fitting because I was pretty sure I’d gone down a band size. I was wrong. I’ve gone down three since the last fitting! I thought the woman was nuts until I tried on the smaller bra. It fit comfortably and shaped me great!

Next I picked out a few tops, ranging from one size smaller to three sizes smaller, depending on how they were cut and sized. For example, some were sized as 20 or 22. Some had dual numbers like 18/20 or 22/24.

In the dual numbered tops, the 18/20 ones fit great! In the single number ones that had more fitted waists, I was more comfortable in the 20s but that’s down from my previous size of 24.

I wanted one neutral blazer/jacket. Since this was fitted, I picked a 22. I swam in it! I saw a 20 which fit well, but just for the heck of it, I tried the 18.

It fit! I can’t quite comfortably button it quite yet but will be able to in a couple of weeks which means I’ll get longer wear out of it before it’s too big.

A size 18! I don’t think I’ve worn an 18 in 30 years! I’m so psyched.

With this kind of shopping success I could have seriously damaged my credit card. Luckily LB was having a great sale. If you bought at least five garments, you got 50% off of everything. With those savings, I could buy a few nice new things for spring and also throw in new underwear in smaller sizes.

What a wonderful Shopping NSV!

3 responses to “Guesstimating Size

  1. Hope says:

    Yay Mary! Congrats on the blood work and on the excellent shopping and new sizes!

  2. Skye says:

    Yay for you! It’s so great to find out you’ve dropped more sizes than you thought, AND to get cool new clothes. Plus, SALE! Sounds terrific. And I’m glad your blood doctor validated your knowledge.

  3. Susanne says:

    What great news to start off my sunny Saturday. So glad to hear that you don’t need an infusion.

    It’s so thrilling to try something on and it fits.

    I’ve been going down to my condo gym and using the tread machine and the recumbent bike. I can feel the tightening in my body. Feels good.

    Yah me. Yah you!!!

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