Sunday, April 11, 2010
You know that styrofoam coffee cup printed with the warning, "Contents May Be Hot"? And the razor blades that warn about being sharp? And the plastic toy food that says, "Do not eat"? You feel like calling up the president of the company and saying, "Duh." Or maybe you just throw your hands in the air and mutter about our litigious society.
Well, yesterday, I guess I needed one of those obvious warnings. I planned to bicycle for 10 miles. I filled my water bottle with lots of ice water, took my sunglasses for the very bright day, took my helmet, and loaded my bike on the carrier. Just before I left, I thought I certainly needed sun screen, so I ran in, grabbed the plastic bottle and imprecisely slathered it all over me as fast as I could, including my face. A drop got in my eye, but I washed it out for a second and thought it would be okay.
Well, it was a pretty hot day. Before I had gone a mile the sweat was running down my face. And I think the sweat carried more sunscreen in my eyes. My eyes started tearing and would not quit. My nose ran. I could hardly open my eyes wide enough to see where I was going. I turned around after 2 1/2 miles and had a hard time seeing to make it back to the car. When I got home I saw my eyes more blood shot than I'd ever seen them. I took a bath and rested in a darkened room and two hours later they were fine.
So, if you didn't know it already, the sun screen needs one of those warnings: Keep out of eyes. Duh! -Marsha