PMs in the cold.

So, I'm 9 weeks out - and now I'm a lot more comfortable with being out and about - I took the kids and I to a beach for some fossil hunting. 
I'm in ON, Canada - so it wasn't a warm daytrip by any stretch, and I got cold and damp, and then that really cold damp that seems to seep into your bones (we had a lot of fun though and spotted lots of fossils :D ), and although my head and appendages were warm - I didn't have a scarf or such over my chest area - and where my PM is was really kinda aching, and seemed to remain that way until we got into the car and I got the heating on. 
Was it the cold? 
Not worried - just curious because it is metal and will conduct heat or cold. 



by Penguin - 2023-05-25 17:20:34

I remember being told by a friend that I wouldn't be able to sunbathe because the device's metal outer would overheat and burn me from the inside out. Initially I protected my shoulder and kept it in the shade but gave up on a sunny holiday and guess what?....nothing happened! No idea where she got that one from. I think she must have heard some kind of myth!  

I think it's the cold damp weather which you felt down to your bones that made you ache rather than the device / implant, although it could be a bit of sensitivity in recently operated skin as it's not long since your implant.  

I'm not disagreeing with Angry Sparrow's situation as it sounds as if she has a lot going on around her shoulder area, but with a simple device / implant and skin on top of it which isn't thin or stretched you really should be fine.  I know it's hard, but try to forget that it's there.

Take care 


by AgentX86 - 2023-05-25 22:45:21

I'm with Sparrow.  It has to be really cold but mine hurts if I don't cover it well enough.  My sternotomy really hurts if my chest gets cold.  Fortunately, it rarely gets all that cold here in Georgia.  If I were still in Vermont, I'd be in trouble all winter.  Of course, I wasn't stupid enough to stay in Vermont a minute longer than I had to.

CRT-D and cold

by Beni - 2023-05-26 07:17:15

I live 2 hours north of Toronto.  Not quite the North Pole and Santa's workshop territory but close enough.

I was out last winter, in minus 25 degree (Celsius) weather, repeatedly.  Either just going for a walk, or filling bird feeders or sometimes, clearing a little snow.  I dressed appropriately  and did not experience any sensation of cold or anything  else, for that matter.

On the other hand, the dog wasn't so keen on it. 😉

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