I got invited to play a round of golf with a buddy from work over this past weekend. So Sunday morning I headed out to the driving range around 11, bit a bucket of balls and then our tee time was at noon. Even though I hadn't played a full round of golf in about 5 years, I was quite pleased with how I was playing after the first 9 holes. I hadn't lost a single ball and hadn't embarrassed myself once. This was shaping up to be a great day.
Around 3 PM we were through about 14 holes and that's when it dawned on me; holy crap, I didn't put on any sun block. I already felt the beginning of the burning on my forearms, legs and neck. At this point, there was no turning back. I had to stick it out and finish the round. By 4:15 we were done golfing and I was in the car heading home. I was in pain and I knew it was going to get worse.
After taking a cool shower, I slathered myself with aloe trying to get some relief from the heat. It works, but only for a few minutes at a time. By about 8 PM, I started feeling sick to my stomach. Yeah, I over did it this time…
I crawled in to bed and did the best I could to sleep. I woke up basically every time I moved. Around 2 AM I woke up and wasn't able to get comfortable enough to fall back asleep until after 3. Not only was I burnt to a crisp, I was now physically sick, too.
For a guy that has already had skin cancer removed from both my cheek and my back, letting myself get burnt this badly is just flat out stupid. The fact that I didn't even think to bring sun block just baffles me.
Last month I went to my dermatologist and she gave me my first “clean bill of health” in over 3 years. Then I go and pull this little stunt. I guess I better go ahead and make a 6 month check-up appointment rather than waiting the full year like she had scheduled me for.