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My Tanning Bed Nightmare

 
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I just wanted to go home. The manager didn’t want me to drive and asked if I could call someone to pick me up. My biggest problem was that I didn’t have anyone to help. My fiancé and I had just bought a house and the phone line wasn’t hooked up yet. We had a single cell phone and I had it with me. There was no way for me to reach him as he drove home from work or arrived at our house. I was on my own.

I stayed just long enough to gain the strength to pick myself up and walk out to my car. The fresh night air offered me little relief. I still felt a little shaky but desperately wanted to be home. The bright street lights seemed blinding against the dark sky. I drove carefully and even more consciously than usual during my short drive home. Once I finally pulled into the familiar garage and turned off the engine, my body relaxed in the driver’s seat. I exhaled a great sigh. I was thankful to be home.

My skin remained that strange burnt pink color even after I showered that night but faded after the following day. The only thing that made sense to me is that I may have had an allergic reaction to the Hemp Accelerator lotion. Whatever the reason, that experience spooked me enough to never want to tan in a tanning bed again. Never. Where I was once the girl that enjoyed tanning, I now slather on the 45 SPF (or higher), I wear hats to shade my face, and I never leave the house without a SPF lotion on my face and hands. For me, a bad thing happening resulted in something positive. Ever since that day, I take great care of my skin.

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Susan,
What a horrific thing! So sorry that happened, but like you said, it had a positive result in you never wanting to tan again. I too am "blessed" with fair, super-sensitive skin. I have to be careful for lotions that will cause me to break out all over. I also have a strange thing where I will break out in prickly-heat-type bumps on my arms if I'm in the sun without SPF. It definitely helps to know "how you are" so you can act accordingly, and work to protect your boys from any inherited reactions as well. Thanks for sharing your uncomfortable and scary fainting experience.

July 16, 2010 - 9:48am
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