After grilling out on the Fourth of July, my parents and I spent a couple of hours floating around the pool. Let me tell you, the weather was really weird. It was roughly 84 degrees with a breeze coming from the North. You stepped outside, and it felt like it was September, not July.
Being psyched out by the weather, I didn’t think about putting on sunscreen. I mean, the pool water was cold, and I had goosebumps while floating.
After getting out of the pool and heading inside, I realized that my arms were radiating heat. My shoulder blades by far got the worst of the sun. I feel like they are about to start writhing anytime something touches them. Then, the tops of my arms got burned after laying them on top of a boogie board and swimming around.
The funny part about this whole thing is the tan line on my back. I had put my hair in a ponytail to keep my part from getting too much sun. Side note: I had a sunburnt scalp once. Never again. Anyways, the center of my back isn’t burned because my ponytail kept it from getting sun. It looks like I had a triangle pointing down at the back of my neck. Weird, right?
Luckily, I have learned from previous sunburns. Trust me, I can go into what I call Lobster Mode within an hour if I am not careful. The best treatment for sunburns in the stage where any contact with the skin is painful is Aloe Vera with Lidocaine.
This stuff has been my hero. If I had not had this wonderful gel, my shoulders would have been dying when I was unloading my car last night. Shoulder straps from overnight bags, backpacks, and purses are not my friends at the moment.
Now I just have to wait for the healing peel to begin.