i’m doing some serious research on this issue i have with the sun. it seems to get worse every year. people think i’m just joking all goth like when i say i’m allergic to the sun but i’m learning that is more than a theory and i stopped being amused by saying it years ago. when it was just extra uncomfortable and a little shade and cool air had me back out having fun i did find it amusing that i was so goth i was allergic to sunlight. i always try to find humor in unfortunate circumstance.
then the irritability and nausea started. then on top of that my skin felt like it was on fire within moments of direct exposure. people will touch my arm while conversing and jerk it back because my skin is burning hot. then they ask if i’m ok, some check me for a fever and many offer water or try to find me shelter. then came the actual fever and chills. being burning up and freezing at the same time and feeling weak and lightheaded sometimes. each year it is harder and harder to “deal with”. it isn’t dehydration, i’ve tested that. it isn’t heatstroke, maybe it would become that if i were trapped in the sun too long. i’m trying so hard to be sure what it is and if i can do anything about it.
when i was a youngin, laying out with iced tea and magazines was my jam. then my skin started to get blotchy red when i was getting into my real teen years. it looked awful and i thought i just wasn’t meant to tan so i avoided prolonged exposure and used a lot of sunblock.
here is an image of what got me out of the sun.
ever since i stopped tanning and such i just have a slight redness on my chest, more so in the summer but even in winter. i had been thinking recently that i was not caring for my skin and started trying things to even my skin tone. now i wonder if it is just a very very mild case of that “polymorphous light eruption” shown in the photo.
i am always ok at Cedar Point, uncomfortable but not enough to let it ruin my fun. last year Michigan adventure i was fine. i assumed all the water rides and extra extra sunblock staved off the reactions i should have had. for awhile i thought alcohol made it worse but i tested that theory a few times and no better no worse. after that i did learn the sunsick made it so that drinking was not even fun. i will still try if i can find shade or a breeze but i learned this weekend that the sunsick sometimes is delayed.
i know i’m blogging you to death with this but until yesterday i thought it was just something i had to tolerate and would tough out.
then i basically missed my best girls 40th bday party who i won’t even see again until i can afford plane tix to LA. HA! cuz that will ever happen.
this summer is still young and i want to figure this out. i want to learn all i can and find ways to enjoy the summer. i don’t want to miss fun times at the dock and leisurely walks through the city on a nice day and i want to be able to walk the dogs any time, not just when its overcast and not too hot or humid. as usual, i’m not done having fun yet.
i’m going to do more research but if anyone has any links or advice or things to try….help a girl out!
from what i read here, what i am suffering from is sunsickness otherwise known as hyperthermia. yay.