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!