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Have I frozen my fat?!

post #1 of 7
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Weird problem. In previous seasons in north america, I've noticed my upper thighs seem to get very cold. I have in the past got little red raised spots on the fronts and the skin is painful. Now I'm in the east, and this weekend has been pretty darn cold. my front thighs got very cold and quite painful, and this morning I woke to find they were sore as though they were bruised, especially in the bit where the fat gets serious. They hurt to the touch, and when walking, and there's a sort of mottled effect in the sore bits (ugly). In the shower, it looked bruised. The tops of my cheeks on my face, that were exposed, also hurt a bit.
What is it, am I dying?!
post #2 of 7
Sounds kind of like Frostbite Ant. Are you keeping your face covered while you ski in the really cold stuff? Do you have a neck gator and goggles so you can cover the skin so it is not exposed. The soft fleece neck gator would probably be better for you where you teach. You can pull it off your face when talking to the class then pull it up when you are done.

Maybe you need to look into getting something different to wear under your ski pants too so your legs don't get cold. It was quite windy at Stowe on Saturday. I once had a pair of ski pants that did not keep the wind out. To solve this problem I bought a cheap pair of wind pants and wore them under the ski pants but over the long johns. I had to cut the ankle of the windpant up the seam because they had elastic bottoms, but you can get them now with an opening on the ankle much like a ski pant. This might help you.
post #3 of 7

it was bitterly cold at times this weekend... and stowe is known for that!!

I have always been told to watch the color of the skin - RED is bad, but when it turns WHITE it's worse.

Also - fat insulates... the surface of your skin will remain cold, and inside you'll feel warm. My legs/butt never "seem" cold, and yet, the skin is icy to the touch.

be careful!!
post #4 of 7
I carry a lot of lard in places, and when it freezes, it has that same look, Ant.

The good thing about lard is that is keeps the good stuff from getting cold.

The bad thing about it is that it takes hours to "thaw".
post #5 of 7
hmmm! I have much more "lard" than either of you, but I never seem to have this problem. I guess I am just lucky. I skied Saturday with nothing on my face while everyone else was bundled up so much that you could only tell who they were by their coat (and some were still shivering). I guess fat does insulate. I'm sure it does not help my skiing any though. I was really ragged and my lack of practice (1st time out) had to have shown.

post #6 of 7
Your skiing was really good for your first time out on these conditions, Laurie. I was wondering why you were with us!

That's true...you never showed the cold. The rest of us were frostbit, but you were just fine.

Now I can be envious of you for your excellent skiing AND your ability to stay warm!
post #7 of 7
If it is red, it's OK: means the blood is still there, right under the skin, and all you nead is take a hot shower. If it is white, it's bad: rub the bare skin with wool until it turns red and the skin starts prickling. If that doesn't work, get some fresh powdery snow in a woolen glove and rub it into the bare skin. If you don't want to rub snow in use denatured alcohol (don't waste the vodka [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] ) We usually take a bottle of VERY BAD vodka with us - especially for these purposes. If the skin looks like a bruise, and you know for sure you didn't get hit there - better go see a doctor. Wear long underpants while skiing on cold days. If it is cold and wet - make it wool: it keeps you warm even when wet.
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