I am so mad at myself! I should know better by now!
I’ve only had maybe 2 bad sunburns in my life, blisters and all. The last time was probably 10 years ago or more? I can’t even remember that far back! :) But now I am the proud owner of the worst. sunburn. ever. The backs of both my legs as well as my chest, my right hand (wtf?!), and a big splotch on my back are severely burned. Blistering, searing pain is coursing through my whole body right now. My legs hurt so much that I can’t even sit down, so I’m typing this standing up. How in hell am I going to work tomorrow? I’ve been pouring vast amounts of aloe over my body and am pondering the feasibility of an aloe bath. However, I’m still in a huge amount of pain.
Of course, I did this to myself.
Learned lesson #1: Do not go swimming in the early afternoon with a friend from Hawaii. She will not burn. She will not understand burns and thus not properly apply sun block to the parts of your body that you can’t reach.
Learned lesson #2: Do not go swimming in the early afternoon because your standard trick of applying sun block every half hour is not sufficient. Even if you applied every 15 minutes you would probably still burn badly due to the fact that your pasty white ass should be in a cave in northern Finland.
Learned lesson #3: Do not be friends with people from Hawaii during the summer months. They do not burn and will encourage you to do stupid things (like swimming in the early afternoon) that sound like a fun idea and you will think to yourself, “Hey, I can do this… I haven’t had a burn in forever! I’ll just keep applying sun block.” That will be the death of you… literally… yay skin cancer! Instead stay in closer touch with your Swedish-English friend who burns just as badly and understands how to apply sun block. Together you can encourage each other to do smart things in the early afternoon. Like stay indoors!
Arg! So mad at myself! Anyway… back to the aloe applying. :) Any other suggestions on how to deal with this?