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Say "No" to the beach bunny? No way!

Posted Jul 20 2009 10:17pm
Check out these pictures of Deirdre at the shore over the 4 th of July - there's no doubt about it, I have myself a little beach bunny! Unlike her mother, who prefers to remain dry, cool, and sand-free under a sheltering umbrella, Deerdeepants likes to experience the beach to the fullest. The sandier she is and the bigger the wave, the better.

While I haven 't found myself frolicking in the ocean for quite some time (although I write about my first time "back to the beach" in my book...), being down at the beach with Deirdre was the best. I found myself feeling oh-so-proud that I'd worked so hard to get well enough that I could share some beach time with my little lady. Years ago, I would have worried about sitting in the surf, under the scorching sun, for an hour or so. In fact, years ago, I couldn't have done it. When lupus was flaring - after even a short period of time in the sun - my joints would have ached, I would have run a fever, and I would have felt pretty crummy for hours (if not a day or two) afterward. In fact, I probably would have asked her Dad to take her to the beach alone, but not now!
I was eager to sit in that squishy, wet sand with little Miss Deirdre - loving every minute of my time in the sun. Of course, I took precautions - wearing my cover up for a good part of the time, making sure my heavy duty sunscreen was replenishe d often, keeping my hat and sunglasses on, and getting plenty of rest before and after our romps at the beach - but I can't tell you how good it felt to be able to live a little, without consequence!

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