Day 01 of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Outdoors

File_001Outdoors. The best part of summer. I love spending time outside, whether it is taking a walk on the boardwalk or through my neighborhood, riding my bicycle around, or just sitting and writing. Funny thing that if I am writing, I become easily distracted by the outdoors, and will sit and stare like David Puddy of Seinfeld fame. There’s no reason for me to stare…I’m just “be”ing.

Unfortunately, I’ve been battling a Lupus flare since the fall.  I’m beginning to think that the sun is playing a role, something that I absolutely hate to admit. I’ve had the trademark malar rash across my face almost every day for the last two months and counting. It comes and goes, and is most severe when I wake up in the morning and after any physical activity such as mowing the lawn or walking. Some days it is so severe that my entire face is lobster red, and the rash itself is hot and burning. Then, as mysteriously as it appears, it will just disappear on its own. Most of the time family and friends mistake the rash for sunburn. I wish it was…

I have been using sunscreen and wearing a hat with a large brim when I’m outside to see if that helps alleviate the rash. So far, it hasn’t.

The lesson here?

I will never take the outdoors for granted again.

Today’s photo is from an early morning Boardwalk walk I took earlier this week. So beautiful and so peaceful.

2 thoughts on “Day 01 of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Outdoors

  1. I think you are right about the sun. Sun can definitely bring on flares and certain types of other lighting also I believe. I know that I can get terrible rashes after sun exposure no matter how much sunscreen I put on. It’s sad because I love the beach and the ocean and the sun! Gorgeous photo by the way!!!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I know I’m trying to ignore the inevitable. What is so strange is that the rashes have been at their worst when I wake up in the morning, a good 12 hours after any sun exposure, then the rash usually subsides for a while after my shower. Very strange! So glad you commented! Hope you are well today!

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