Cold Water Cold Air Kayaking

Numerous people who go out kayaking w Pathways ask the same type of questions about kayaking in the cold. Justifiable. Asking questions best way to stay safe. Cold water and cold air exposure impacts one enjoyment of kayaking. A few years back attended a 3 day US Army conference on Preventing Foot Injuries Specific to Wearing Socks. Details to specific body areas key to safety. Hat, gloves, bodies, torso, legs, etc… It is not the intent of these cold water immersion infographics to go to that level. Providing “beta” from US Army Cold Weather Laboratory on Exposure to Cold Water and Cold Air for helicopter pilots. A few “pearls”. These are general suggestions as impact from cold water and cold air differs from person to person. However gloves/pogies are crux for ones safety when exposed to cold water/air when kayaking. Take home lesson: Wear gloves when kayaking in cold water and air. Cold being defined as any degree of air or water temperature that makes one uncomfortable. There are numerous references and material on exact temperature differences and such. Attention to detail when cold water and cold air kayaking “CRUX” to safe and enjoyable cold water/cold air kayaking.

1846 Osteo-Sarcoma of the Lower Jaw

Folks who have been following the quest of the Rancocas Creek as a National Water Trail are familiar w the “Texas” phosphorus works. One common disease of workers there is “phossy-jaw”. While not the same as osteo-sarcoma of the jaw the treatment modality is it seems one of the same. Cut away the sarcoma and impacted area of the jaw, replace w wooden insert and hope for the best. As one might figure there are not many documented reports from MD on how osteo-sarcoma or phossy jaw was surgically addressed. The following material is from a case in 1846 and describes how the wound is treated surgically and a wooden replacement jaw factored into a patients mouth. The case provides an example of oral surgery in 1846. By 1870’s when phossy jaw was a known disease the same procedures would have been undertaken. Interesting to note the patient recoiled at being cut w surgical knife w/o the benefit of a sedative agent… can’t imagine why not.

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