Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Independence Day

So you say you have lupus and can't go out in the sun?  What to do instead? If you're in N Central Texas where a 95 degree high is considered a cool front, you'll want to stay in under the air conditioning.  And pray it holds itself together until say, November, when most of us switch to "heat." 
But I wanna go to the lake with everybody, I hear somebody whining.  (We do that a lot, you know.  Lupies are allowed to whine, at least to each other.) Fine.  Go, with my blessings.  Just don't forget your broad-brimmed hat, your sun block, wear long sleeves and long pants, and try to stay away from the lake or other body of water. I learned the hard way when I went to the beach with my daughter in CA.  I wore long pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat and sun screen.  I sat under a big beach umbrella. 
So imagine my surprise when I discovered later that day that I had broken out into a very bad rash.  Not a sunburn, but a rash.  Too much sun.  Huh? I learned a bit too late that even if you're covered up, protected as much as you can be, the sun shining on the sandy beach and/or the lake or ocean, reflects back on you, the body who is trying to do everything right.
So I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day, but be careful out there.  Me? I'm staying inside the air conditioned house. 


  1. Thanks for your wise words of warning and advice! We do have to be careful out there. Planning a nice quiet 4th outside, if the AZ weather goes below 100,lounging on my large covered patio. LA

  2. Thanks! And I'm in Fort Worth TX where it's freakin' hot again. Sorry just now noticed your comment. Somehow, I didn't get the message that I had comments. Blame Yahoo!
    Have a great summer, in spite of lupus......