I got burnt

I have been to Download Festival before, every single time it has rained, I checked the forecast and it said it was going to rain so I dressed accordingly, I had a jumper on and my camo trousers my sun screen was in my bag just in case it got really hot.

I arrived at Download Festival and it was sunny, I wouldn’t say that it was boiling but it was certainly warm, people were walking around with sun burnt faces and shoulders so the days before were certainly hot enough to burn but I guess this didn’t register at the time, I kept my jumper on and went into the arena (I didn’t have a hat), I watched a number of bands at the main stage and around 4pm decided to put on some sun screen, at this point it felt warm enough to remove my jumper so at the same time I put some factor 50 sun cream on (it later transpired it was too late at this point) as the day went on the temperature seemed to drop, so I put my jumper back on (this could have been because I was burnt), I met up with Joe & Rhinna to watch System Of A Down and towards the end of the set made my way back to the car to head home, it was at this point I realised what a fatal mistake I had made earlier in the day, as I got to the car my face was RED and by red I mean red, it was most certainly burnt, the one part of my forehead that wasn’t covered by hair had been severely burnt and my nose was extremely red.

When I got home I had a look at my face again, with the light on and it was just as red if not redder as when I had seen it back at the car park at Donnington, at this point, I didn’t feel too great either so I got into bed and went to sleep. When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, as Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off.  I was sick for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again

When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, I had not only burnt my face but I had got sun stroke in the processes. As Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off. I had done some real damage to my skin. In the end, I was poorly for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again, I am usually so careful in the sun, my arms had gone red before but nothing like this, it actually really scared me.

When Monday arrived I went to the chemist to see what I could use to try and make the mistake I had made better and was given some Aloe Vera type gel, which I have to say is amazing stuff, in the end I was sick for three days straight before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again it doesn’t matter if it feels colder than it is, if the sun is out the sun cream and hat goes on, it has actually made me extremely anxious about being in the sun.