How Bronchitis Made Me More Sun Conscious…

In 2010, I went into anaphylactic shock.

It was because I took a dose of Doxycycline.

Doxy is antibiotic used to treat a range of bacterial infections:

The prescription was to treat a bout of Bronchitis that left me bedridden — ain’t nobody got time for that.

The cause of the Bronchitis was a weak immune system cause by a severe Vitamin D deficiency.

Bloody keyboard worker who go no sun exposure!

Tangent: I was also prescribed Doxycycline as an anti-malarial the previous year for travelling down the Mekong in Laos.

2 Days before, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I decided not to take it.

Thankfully — imagine what could have happened in Pakbeng in the Jungle in the middle of nowhere!

I have also had another close call with it, without knowing that is very much beyond what I am willing to share here!


Ever since then (2010), I have supplemented Vitamin D with natural sunlight.

The problem with the Australian sun is it causes cancer.

Which I am very mindful of (my father was very recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.)

Fuck cancer.

So, I get a skin check each year for melanoma and I am careful to get exposure for short amounts of time when the UV index is low.

Each day I check the UV index…

You know the drill:

1. Putting down what I am doing;

2. Grabbing an internet connected device;

3. Pulling up Google;

4. Searching for Adelaide’s UV Index;

5. Clicking first result; and

6. Navigating to find the days index.


So I built quick call/response on any Google Voice active device — simply say: “Okay Google, talk to Adelaide Ultraviolet Index,” and this Action will tell you todays sun protection recommendation times, numerical ultraviolet index and descriptor of sun risk.

No more sunburn!

If this sounds useful to you, check it out for FREE and send it to any of your Google devices here:

P.S. Siri gives nothing useful. Google search doesn’t have a native result.

P.P.S. If you like it, please leave a review and rating (5 stars only). If you don’t like it, please don’t be a jerk and give it a bad review and rating — send me a message here first and I’ll fix the issue!

P.P.P.S. If you want a Google Voice Action for anything, send me a message and I can see if it is possible to build for you.

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