The Downside of Florida Living

@BelleStarr (41389)
United States
February 9, 2019 9:43am CST
As many of you know, my husband and I winter in Florida. He has Parkinson's and the cold of Connecticut really was not good for him. We are however northerners at heart and we really aren't always the brightest stars in the sky. Thursday at 11:30 we went to the indoor pool which is heated to do some walking. When we arrived the pool was closed for some maintenance so we decided to head to the Island club where they have a large hot tub since we were already in our bathing suits. Only two other people were in the hot tub and we had a great time, they were particularly friendly and before we knew it, we had spent at least 45 minutes in the sun. My husband is Portuguese, it takes a lot for him to get a sunburn and it usually just turns tan in a day. I, on the other hand, looked pretty much like a lobster when I finally sat in the shade. When we got home I put some boo boo stick from Pure Haven on my face but I didn't notice the rest of the burn until the next day when I put on my bathing suit again to go to exercise. Oh baby, I am pretty darn red. I don't think I burned enough to blister but just barely. Anyway, I have learned my lesson, I will wear sunscreen and a hat the next time I decide to visit the hot tub in the daytime.
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@Corbin5 (130262)
• United States
9 Feb
Yes, sometimes time in the sun goes by so nicely we forget about protection. I do hope you do not get blisters.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
So far it looks like I may avoid that, I certainly hope so. I will be much more careful in the future.
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@Happy2BeMe (85038)
• Canada
9 Feb
Sorry you got burned so badly. Lesson learned for next time.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
Oh yes, the Florida sun is very strong even in February. I've learned my lesson.
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@paigea (23310)
• Canada
9 Feb
I have my sunscreen packed for my trip to Florida.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
It is a necessity here if you are spending any time outside. the thing is, I Wasnt planning to be outside, our pool where we walk is indoors. Enjoy your trip to Florida, where are you going?
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@paigea (23310)
• Canada
10 Feb
@BelleStarr Tampa to watch the Montreal Canadiens play hockey. And for a few days of warm.
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@Janet357 (8466)
9 Feb
Yeah please wear sun screen. Too much exposure to the sun may cause some health issues.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
I usually don't sit in the sun without being covered.
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@rebelann (45661)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Feb
That sounds almost serious. Sunburns are no fun .... I hope it doesn't hurt to wear a shirt.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
no it doesn't hurt to wear a shirt, but the outline of my bathing suit is very clear lol
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@rebelann (45661)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Feb
That's good then @BelleStarr at least you didn't burn that badly. Will it turn to a tan or do you just burn?
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
@rebelann I think it will turn to a tan eventually at least I hope so
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@Fleura (8317)
• United Kingdom
9 Feb
Whoops! It's easily done and of course it is winter, you probably don't expect it!
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
No I didn't even think about it until I realized it was too late, even my hair hurts, I burned my scalp lol
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@Fleura (8317)
• United Kingdom
10 Feb
@BelleStarr That happens to me now too. I keep forgetting because I always had dark hair!
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@marlina (82481)
• Canada
11 Feb
@BelleStarr , Wow, even your scalp?
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
It's so easy to get sunburnt when you don't feel hot.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
10 Feb
That is so true but I have had this pale skin all my life, you would think I would know better, dah....
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
@BelleStarr Vince has pale, slightly freckled skin too whereas I tan much more easily.
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@Elizaby (4501)
• Pensacola, Florida
9 Feb
Growing up I would always rub down with vinegar as irt helps to stop the burning from the sun exposure after being out in the sun too long
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
I have never heard about that we used noxema
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@marlina (82481)
• Canada
11 Feb
@BelleStarr , We used Noxema cream too.
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@nela13 (12964)
• Portugal
9 Feb
I am a portuguese like your husband but I look like a lobster just like you. Be careful with the sun.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
Thank you Manuela, Al does burn but it doesn't last. Our daughter Kasey has golden skin that almost never burns, lucky girl. The boys are pale like me. Al's father is from the north of Portugal but his mother is from much farther south.
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@nela13 (12964)
• Portugal
13 Feb
@BelleStarr I wish I get I tan easily, but I don't
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@Courtlynn (59045)
• United States
9 Feb
It's weird how some burn easily and others dont, and some not at all. I'm part Portuguese, but burn pretty easily, though mine does turn into a tan within a day or two too.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
It is the cells in our skin, I freckle which is when my skin tans in some spots only lol
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@Courtlynn (59045)
• United States
13 Feb
@BelleStarr interesting, lol
@RasmaSandra (22830)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Feb
I am in Daytona Beach and right now our weather is too cool for the beach. However, I am not one for sitting in the broiling sun. So to be able to enjoy the beach which is walking the distance I have purchased a beach chair for myself with an umbrella to keep the sun at bay. Yes, I shall also make sure I have plenty of sunscreen as well.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
Yes I was not prepared for the time in the sun but I did enjoy the hot tub
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@Juliaacv (37768)
• Canada
9 Feb
I'm glad that you've learned your lesson, that is a hard and painful lesson to learn. I take a medication which accelerates the sun's burning potential, so I try to wear lots and lots of sunscreen.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
I would have used sunscreen if I thought I would be outside without a covering but I wasn't planning to be outside. I guess I should carry it in the car.
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@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
10 Feb
Oh poor you, I know how you feel, I am a northern I cannot tan easily, but I get red as a lobster.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
It takes me all summer and low exposure to get a little but of tan lol
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@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
12 Feb
@BelleStarr We are twin on this.
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@noni1959 (4298)
• United States
10 Feb
I'm glad you will wear a hat and sunscreen next time. I hope your burn isn't too uncomfortable.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
No, it has actually just started to fad so no pain involved.
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@noni1959 (4298)
• United States
12 Feb
@BelleStarr I'm glad it is fading and not painful.
@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Feb
I'm sorry you got sunburned yesterday. I hope it tans well soon. I use Noxema to take away the burn and turn it brown.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
Yes when we were kids we used Noxema too, I haven't had any in years/
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Feb
@BelleStarr I keep a jar of it on hand.
• United States
9 Feb
I've gotten some pretty bad sunburns in my life and they are painful. Hope your burn doesn't blister.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
So fat not a blister in sight, I think I got out of the sun just in time.
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• United States
12 Feb
@BelleStarr you're very lucky
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@Tina30219 (39748)
• Onaway, Michigan
9 Feb
Sunscreen is very important can’t do anything outside without it.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
11 Feb
I usually would use it but I hadn't planned to be outdoors.
@didinedhia (1943)
• Algeria
9 Feb
loooool, youare exactly like me,, i get burns from the sun easly
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
Yes it is a curse isn't it, I envy people who tan. lol
@amadeo (84292)
• United States
9 Feb
yes sunscreen are in order here.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
12 Feb
Yes it was careless of me to let the sun damage my skin.
• Midland, Michigan
13 Feb
I almost had to ask what that downside was again? But, it's getting sunburn. Unfortunately, Florida isn't the only place where we can get sunburned if we're not dressed properly in the warmer months, but I agree it would be a nicer place to be during these colder months especially this year. I didn't realize your husband had Parkinson's. I hope that the disease doesn't progress very quickly for him.
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
13 Feb
He has been diagnosed about 7 years and so far so good
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Feb
@BelleStarr That's good to hear. Maybe by now they have more preventative things that can be done to stave it off longer?
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@BelleStarr (41389)
• United States
14 Feb
@MarshaMusselman Every case is so different but the exercise program we follow is probably the best thing we could possibly do.
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