Friday, February 18, 2011

License for Sun!

It's been about a year since I had a small amount of basal cell carcinoma removed from my cheek.  Not a happy day for me. Just about every time I go to the dermatologist I have something removed and tested.  Because of that I'm a nervous wreck before I go! It is my least favorite outing every 6 months.  My friend, "Bro. Smith", and I call the dermatologist "Dr. Whack-a-mole" because we both go through the same thing. Guess it's just one of the downsides to having fair skin.

Since then I have been very careful with sun exposure.  The plastic surgeon that I saw (for stitches on another spot!) gave me a lecture on sun exposure. He told me to get some wide brim hats, wear clothing with SPF in it if I could, not to go out in the sun between 11-3pm and to always wear sunscreen.  I told him how much I love the sun and how good it makes me feel.  He replied, "Well, we all do.  But you and the sun are not friends anymore."  That was a sad day for me.  But I went out and got some hats and a daily SPF 70 sunscreen for my face and since then I have been very careful not to sit out in the sun.

I just recently had a physical and went in because I was feeling overly fatigued.  I just felt sluggish and tired all. day. long.  I woke up feeling tired and looked forward everyday to bedtime.  I thought there must be something wrong with me.  I started to wonder if I was depressed.  It got to the point where I didn't know how I would have the strength to make it to the store! How pathetic is that?  So, the doctor ordered blood work to see what was up.

I found out that I'm Vitamin D deficient.  My levels were extremely low.  So low that I have to take a 50,000 unit tablet of Vitamin D once a week for 12 weeks. My doctor told me that she's seeing this happen to a lot of people, particularly women and children.  She told me that I need to get 15-30 minutes of unprotected sun daily.  (Yay!) The important thing is not to allow yourself to burn. 

I just started taking it, so it's too soon to see results but I sure am looking forward to having more energy!

Go get some sun!


  1. Glad it was such an easy "fix" and I'll stop asking if you are wearing your sunscreen and hat when we are beach bummin' it. Lol

  2. Don't you love how Doctor's orders always oppose each other... my General Dr (whatever their official title is, hah...) tells me eat more fruits and my dentist tells me to stop... sighhh...

    Anyway, have fun in the sun!!!