Last vacation day. So lovely to be here in such perfect weather, but the kids got some mad sunburn yesterday and we couldn’t go to the beach today. Or anywhere, for that matter.
We are no strangers to the beach. We have spent a lot of time over the years in southwest Michigan on the beach at the big lake (what we call Lake Michigan) and our tiny cottage lake. Been getting to know the beaches of southwest Florida the last few years during all seasons. Lee and I spent 2 1/2 hours on the beach on Sunday afternoon-no sunscreen, no umbrella-and we came away with a nice little rosy glow that turned to a solid tan on Monday. So what happened yesterday, I don’t know.
Got to the beach around noon, and set up our spot. Beach chairs, towels, umbrella, cooler all deliberately placed and arranged. Lee went looking for shark teeth and the kids and I settled into our little beach chairs, low to the sand, and relaxed. We took various positions in chairs and on towels in full sun for about an hour and a half. Then we got up and put sunscreen on and got out snacks and drinks. After another 1/2 hour, the kids moved to sit under the umbrella, fully shaded. I ended up under the umbrella at some point, too, not much later.
Well. By the time we got home, I could tell I was going to have quite a sunburn in a few places. But the kids… Wow. By the time we all showered and got ready to go to dinner, the kids were on fire. And shivering. Jake was having a hard time walking, his feet and legs were so badly burned. I cut open aloe plants and rubbed them on their burns. They were miserable. But nothing like when they woke up today. Jake’s nose was already blistered (the ONLY part of his face that burned). The fronts and backs of Hannah’s calves were screaming red, her stomach just as bad. Jake’s feet…oh, his feet were swollen and almost purple! His chest and stomach were a deep maroon color. He was so miserable he couldn’t eat. And he’s a teenage boy so I knew it must be bad. I even tried cold washcloths, more aloe, aloe gel, Solarcaine. No relief.
I have a friend whose mom has a place nearby. She and I were texting and I sent her a picture of Jake’s feet. She quickly came over with lavender oil and mixed it with olive oil and started putting it on Jake’s burns. Hannah used it too. It was the first bit of relief he had since yesterday. Thank heavens. We put more of the greasy concoction on him this evening, and he’s feeling a bit better.
Not sure how it got so bad so quickly, but it’s just proof that too much of a good thing can have unintended consequences.