Hi there everyone. Hope you are all doing well today, even those who are recovering from an operation - and, yes, Teresa, that means you! Do hope that you had a comfortable night and that the painkillers are kicking in.
Well, my daughter and son in law arrived home from Ibiza last evening, looking as brown as berries - spit, spit!! They said they had an amazing time. As many of you may know, I've been looking after little Alfred whilst they've been away, along with my 13 year old granddaughter. (Think I forgot to tell you that we went to see the very last Harry Potter film last week - brilliant!).
The family will be returning to France on Sunday and, I don't know about you, but I think that Alfred is feeling very sad at having to leave grandma behind again!
I love him, because he's got more wrinkles than me! Hee Hee!!
Going back to how brown my daughter and son-in-law were looking, reminds me of how the sun is very much a mixed blessing for me these days. Obviously I love to see the sun and love to feel the warmth on my old bones, but because I suffer from Vitiligo it can also be a bit of a pain at the same time. I always used to have a lovely tan and then, when I was in my early 30's, a little white patch appeared at the top of my neck and then, the following year, I had a few white patches on my arms and legs. Obviously I didn't know what it was then, but the white bits got progressively worse each year, and the condition was diagnosed.
Now my skin has got no melanin (pigment) whatsoever, so I don't tan at all. The main problem though is that melanin provides a natural protection against the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun. Because there is no protection whatsoever on my skin, I have to be very careful not to contract skin cancer. Obviously I use a very high factor sun protection cream but, unfortunately, that usually makes my skin flare up, so I am in a catch 22 situation. It can be a bit depressing at times, I must admit, especially with the allergy problem relating to my skin that I have as well.
I live in hope that I will find something that will soothe my skin, although I have tried virtually everything. Because I used steroid cream on it for so many years, it is also very thin, so the least little knock or scratch and it starts to bleed. (I do get quite angry about that, because the Doctors over the years just used to write out loads of repeat prescriptions for me, when they must have known the harm that it was doing to my skin. I'm certainly paying the price for that now!).
Anyway, I shall continue to enjoy the blue skies and the bright sunshine, but I will be the one sat under the large sun umbrella! Take care my little bloggy friends. See you again soon!