Lately I've been contemplating the neck. Perhaps because my own has been giving me problems. Last year I was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid (a goiter) with several nodules. I've had quarterly office dates with the nicest surgeon ever for ultrasounds and biopsies to keep a check on this condition.
This has made me take stock of lovely necks around my home..........this lady with a slim neck reminds me of Empress Josephine Bonaparte, perhaps because of her hairstyle.
My sweet santo's smooth neck is spending the hot Summer naked - come Autumn she'll wear some golden jewel on a velvet ribbon perhaps, and then her beaded crown and wings for the holiday season.
Male and female giraffes at MalaMala, South Africa.
My African necklaces purchased on safari in May.
Onset of a goiter is often noticed by women when their necklaces become snug, as in my case. For men it's more likely a tightening of the collar. More women than men get goiters. The dear doctor tells me it's part of the aging process, yes another one of those things!
Oxpeckers visiting a giraffe's beautiful neck.
A chunky numbers necklace......a perfect fit.
Like most women, adorning my neck with pretty things is enjoyable. I especially love silver jewelry......and it looks like my necklaces are growing longer! I've envisioned having to swallow a daily drug, or worse still, having surgery to remove the thyroid. My collection of scarves has been growing as thoughts of Winter with a scar across my neck loomed! Fortunately I do love scarves, they go so well with my other loves, boots and cold weather!
However, there is encouraging news. Last Friday my ultrasound and blood tests showed my thyroid has shrunk a wee bit and the levels are normal. No drugs, no biopsy needles, no knives, no more dates with the dear surgeon for half a year. Such comforting news.......
........and why you may ask, giraffes?
Because I enjoyed them in Africa and didn't actually feature them in a safari post..........and you have to admit when it comes to necks, they have the most awesome ones.