Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Too Much Birthday Fun
I thought that since I had only been out in the "sun" for forty minutes that I would be okay. And when I write, "sun", I mean under a tree in the shade kind of sun shine you get on an 88 degree summer day. So, it wasn't completely out of the question that I might feel okay the evening after the party. Especially given that it usually takes a couple of hours, in the full on sun and heat, before I feel the effects the same evening.
I was wrong. I don't know what sent my plan into a tail spin, but it plainly did not work out the way I expected. Maybe it was how hot it was in combination with the mugginess. Or, perhaps, I wasn't as "in the shade" as I thought I was. That evening, as we sat on the couch snuggled up and watching Harry Potter, I started to feel my "sun sickness" kick in. It begins with a sluggishness that fills my body, next I start to feel a little achy, my head begins to feel as if someone is stuffing it with cotton before it begins to hurt, and finally my face gets hots and I start to feel a little bit chilly as if I have a fever. Sometimes, this is accompanied by nausea. Fortunately, for me I did not have that with this time.
I suppose where I am going with all of this is this, Sjogren's Syndrome (or really any chronic illness) brings with it a very real need to constantly reassess things. Every time you think you have a handle on things it goes and switches things up on you. Which is why I am happy that I have gotten so adept at thinking outside of the box!