Sunday Side Quest (#12)

The First Days of Summer in the Sun

Now, most people who know me would say that I am a more indoorsy type person. After several years of living in a northern state with very short days and not a lot of sunlight 9 months out of the year, I had forgotten the need for or the dangers of the sun. My minimum interaction with the big yellow ball in the sky had, until this weekend, made me think that I was immune to its potent power.

Due to a mishap that occurred between myself and the moving company that we were using to transport our goods, we had to set aside several hours in the morning this Saturday to somehow manage to remove all of our household goods from their container, into a U-Haul, then out of that U-Haul and into our storage unit. It was not a task that we were looking forward to. Luckily at the last minute, we were offered help by some of my family’s friends, we were able to finish the job in about 4 and a half hours.

Of course, not thinking, I figured I would be covered from the sun by simply using a lotion with sunblock in it instead of the heavy rated sunblock. Boy, have I been paying for that today. Because of my foolishness, I have burned my back and shoulders and have suffered dehydration, dizziness and nausea.

So please, if you are out in the sun, be more careful than I was. This is misery. If you are going to play outside, do your best to make sure you use 50 SPF or more and check your information about what brands are better. Don’t be a lobster! And enjoy your first days of summer safely!

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