Sometimes in life things happen and you just have to make adjustments. I know this is something we are all familiar with at this point. Sometimes however the unexpected is a little closer to home. You know, there are times when I think myself really clever. I’ll do something or write something or figure out a snarl in my plot in an unexpectedly delightful way and I will feel really good about myself.
There are other times when I manage to do something so bone-headedly stupid that I wonder why I don’t have a slew of Darwin Award trophies on my mantle.
This weekend was one of my not so bright moments.
If you’ve been following along, you most likely know that I garden and that we have had a boat load of spring rain in my area. This weekend, it was sunny.
In fact, it was just about perfect.
The sun was shining and the temperature warm but not too hot. The roses were beginning to bloom. In fact. I cut a few for inside. A cool breeze was blowing so that nothing seemed too warm even when drowsing in the sun. I sprayed myself down with sunscreen and did some work in the garden. I then moved all of my seedlings outdoors for a chance to spend some time outside.
Afterwards everything looked so lovely I thought ‘why not read out in the back garden?’
It was a nice break from being inside all the time and I was, quite ready for an outdoor break. I loved my Wonder Woman Marathon, but there is only so much time I can sit on the couch.
I also decided to change out of my jeans and put on a loose fitting summer dress. I was quite happy to get to take it out of the closet (mostly because it didn’t fit me last summer and is now a little too loose on me). I was proud of myself for getting to wear it.
As we all know, pride goes before a fall.
This was no exception.
I settled myself with a book and fell into my story. For several hours.
Occasionally I moved around and my skirt shifted with movements, especially when I propped my knees up. But I thought ‘hey I might actually get some sun on my ghost white legs’.
And boy did I.
Oh yes, my darlings, I sprayed myself with sunscreen when wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but in my haste to enjoy the perfect day, forgot to apply more when I changed and put none at all on my legs or upper arms where the skin was covered previously.
What occurred was a motley patchwork of burns on my inner thighs, knees, calves and feet. (I kicked off my shoes to prop my feet on an extra chair.) The burns were pretty bad and I have been hobbling around ever since. My arms are painful, but my legs feel as though the skin shrunk (which I suppose it did) and any movement is somewhat painful and walking is certainly out of the question. Making it from room to room is an effort. There is no way I am making it on the trail this week.
At the moment standing is not my favorite either. In fact the only position repotely comfortable is the one I was sitting in when I got the burn, ie. sitting with my feet propped up. Monday morning I went to use the restroom and took longer than I expected because I had to work up the courage to stand back up and face the pain as the skin on my legs shifted.
It is getting better. Fear not, I don’t think I did myself any permanent harm. There are no blisters, just really red skin that feels really tight. It is just really painful at the moment.
Worse is that I know I did it to myself.
I did this stupid thing to me because I forgot extra sunscreen and lost track of time while reading. As I almost always lose track of time while reading, I should have known better. Ghost white legs with no sun protection do not need to spend five hours in the sun.
Cool breeze or not.
So now I am dealing with the unexpected. I am giving my legs a break from walking, my body in general a break from exercising (mostly because I have no choice in the matter) and I am placing sunscreen at strategic points in the house so it is always visible. Although I think I will remember this for quite some time to come.
So unexpectedly I find myself with a week with no exercise. I am watching my calorie count, but I do not have high hopes for Friday’s weigh in. I really wish I could blame someone else, but really, I can’t. this was all me. At best I could raise my fist and glare at the sun, but that really won’t help and it hurts to lift my arm that high at the moment anyway.
I will say, I am very happy to have that four pack of moisturizing face masks at the moment. I have been lounging with them this week and suspect they will be used up by this coming weekend.
Well timed Face-tory.
Although I had about three layers of spf of differing strengths already on my face, so oddly my face is fine while the rest of me isn’t so happy. Still, I will admit, the extra serum in the mask packets is being applied to arms and legs and the extra moisture is quite appreciated.
As each day is a little less painful, I know that this too will pass. I will probably be mobile by Friday in fact even if I leave off walking again until Monday. But all my plans for this week have sadly been chucked in the bin.
For the moment I just have to accept that. Next week I will get back to walking and I will add in the Wii Fit to see if it actually adds anything to my at home workout. This week, I am spending a lot of it with my feet propped up, a hydrating mask on my face and cartoons playing on the television. At the moment, I’m partial to Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated. It’s on Netflix if anyone is interested. Louis Black plays the Mysterious Mr. E. which I find somewhat amusing. Plus, it is really hard to feel too bad about yourself when watching Scooby Doo. Or at least that’s my take on it. Maybe it just makes me feel better.
Regardless, next week, we resume real life, this week, I’m taking a bodily enforced break. If nothing else, let this serve as a reminder, don’t forget the sunscreen, even if it seems only mildly warm outside. We are entering the season of the sun. while SPF is important year round, it is doubly so now. Enjoy the sun responsibly.