In 10th grade I remember writing a note to my boyfriend while sitting in biology class. In my note I made the comment that it would be nice if people could photosynthesize. (Let me assure you that yes, I’m aware I was a nerd. I still am a nerd.) Later that day I got a note in response from him with a drawing of green people.
It may not be photosynthesis, but I need water and sunshine to live. Water is obvious of course.
I have low levels of vitamin D. This isn’t new information. It also isn’t uncommon for people with autoimmune conditions to experience low vitamin D (at least according to what I’ve read on the internet). People joke that they are getting their vitamin D from being out in the sun, I doubt I can get enough of what I need from the sun.
I had an appointment with a dermatologist a couple of weeks ago to find out what’s going on with my skin (I called it a “mystery allergy” in a previous post). The diagnosis was that it could be one of two potential reactions, and the good thing is the treatment for both is the same: a topical cream and sunshine.
The sunshine prescription came in the form of this comment: “I know it doesn’t sound right coming from a dermatologist, but sun helps this. You should get 10 minutes of sun on your skin a day.”
I made a comment about the cruise I have scheduled not being soon enough to fill that prescription and she laughed. But that water and sunshine will be good for more than just my skin.
With the skin irritation cleared up in under three weeks, the official diagnosis is a contact allergy, which I believe I’ve narrowed down to having switched fabric softener.