Stay safe out there!

 Credit: NOAA

Credit: NOAA

With Hurricane Florence headed for the Carolina’s, and some of ThermApparel’s family and friends living within its path we want to remind everyone to stay safe and listen to your local emergency officials.

Usually once a month we post a blog about other uses for our UnderCool Cooling Vest and the Cooling Packs. With Florence heading for shore we couldn’t help but think of Rhonda’s email to us last fall in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

 "I live in Fort Myers FL and I was without power for 5 days and our community was flooded after the hurricane. The temperature was in the mid to high 90’s with high humidity. Not only was I not able to leave my home because of the flooding, I had no power, therefore, no A/C and no refrigerator or freezer for those 5 days.

 Because your cooling packs are made from the special phase change material, they did not require a freezer. I have two sets of cooling packs and was able to recharge the cooling packs by placing them with the bags of ice and the frozen water bottles I prepared. I had other water-based cooling packs that were in the freezer that had all melted. I don’t know what I would have done without your PCM cooling packs!!!"

 The freezing temperature of our packs is extremely helpful in these dangerous situations. They will stay frozen at higher temperatures making them still usable for some time after ice packs melt. No power for your refrigerator of freezer? As long as the fridge/freezer is cooler than room temperature the packs will still recharge back to their solid “state” and be ready to go. Remember the packs can be “charged/frozen” the fastest by putting them in ice water for 15-20 minutes. Please take this opportunity to plan ahead for the next few days.

Most of all be safe. Our thoughts are with you.


Now You Can refreezing cooling packs in ice water

Over the last year, we have gotten many a befuddled look when we say that our Cooling Packs freeze at room temperature. It is a confusing thing, since we all think of freezing as "ice cold”.  The best way I can think of to describe it is like a stick of butter. It’s a solid stick when it’s in your fridge, but when it’s out on your table it gets softer and when you stick put it in a hot pan it melts. (Butter's actual melting point is between 90º-95ºF)

We talk alot about how the freezing temperature of our packs is good because it means that it is safe for direct contact with the skin and won’t cause your blood vessels to constrict from being too cold. But we have found some other benefits to this as well that make our cooling packs great for other reasons!

Because of the higher freezing temperature you don't have to have a freezer readily available to recharge them, a fridge or cooler with ice water works just as well. A customer in Florida last year was able to recharge her cooling packs throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, when she didn't have A/C or power because of a cooler. Read more here........    

You can also recharge them fast, like really fast, like 20 minutes fast, all you need is ice water.  Because water is a good conductor of energy, this is actually even faster than the fridge or freezer for our cooling packs, and this makes them even better for on the go activities or out at events where coolers are readily available. (BBQ's and Sporting events anyone?)

Watch this video to see just how fast our cooling packs recharge in ice water.

NWSA World Series 2018 Kansas City, KS

NWSA World Series 2018 Kansas City, KS

ThermApparel was in Kansas City, KS August 9-11 for the 43rd annual National Wheelchair Softball Association World Series. Twenty teams from all over the world met in Kansas City to compete for the world series title. The games were played out on hot concrete parking lots, next to the T-Bones Independent League Baseball stadium, and also (not quite close enough) within the shadows of Kansas Speedway.

Summer Giveaway: UnderCool Cooling Vest

  https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/summer-giveaway-undercool-vest/

https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/summer-giveaway-undercool-vest/

We have teamed up with multiplesclerosis.net for their summer giveaway.
You can enter their contest for the chance to win a free UnderCool Cooling Vest!

Stay cool & sign up for their emails by July 24, 2018 at 11:59:59.
They will select one person at random as the lucky winner!

How to enter

So how can YOU win an UnderCool vest? Entering the giveaway is as simple signing up for emails with multiplesclerosis.net. The giveaway is open until July 24, 2018 at 11:59:59. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before an alternate winner is selected. For more information, please read their Terms and Conditions.

https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/summer-giveaway-undercool-vest/

 

cool stories - Tom

I am a C7/T1 incomplete spinal cord injury, who has lost the ability to sweat due to my injury. I am also an adaptive sports athlete who has heavily participated in numerous sports in the 13 years I have been injured. Losing the ability to sweat has negatively affected my performance while playing sports. I feel like I can compete at a high level, but only for a limited amount of time. After a short amount of time, my body becomes extremely overheated because I cannot sweat at all to help regulate my body temperature. The only thing I had ever done to help this was during time outs or breaks in the action, I would pour cold water on myself. This helped some but after several minutes I was right back where I started and feeling like I was overheating again. This usually ended in me being soaking wet by the end of a game and after the final whistle sounded I still felt like I was about to collapse from heat exhaustion.  I would usually have to take a 20-30 minute cold shower after a game or practice just to get my body temperature back down to normal (sometimes it would rise to the 103-104 degrees Fahrenheit range, that’s scary!). 

I participated in a wheelchair Rugby tournament over the weekend and used the UnderCool vest in every game. I played 4 games in a 2 day period and I was amazed at how I felt after each game. Don’t get me wrong, I was still tired after each game, but that feeling of overheating and heat exhaustion wasn’t there. The UnderCool vest really did help regulate my body tempurature. I took my tempurature after each game and it was 98-99 range not over 100 degrees like prior to using the vest. I wasn’t soaking wet because I didn’t need to constantly pour water all over me to cool me and I didn’t have to take any cold showers which I was pleased about as well. I cannot to use this vest more in games and while training (I especially look forward to training outside on hot days this summer, which is something I previously avoided at all costs)

 

April Newsletter

play cool, stay cool

 Take me out to the ballpark, take me out with the crowd, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks…… even people like myself (not a baseball fan) know the rest of the words, sorry if it’s now stuck in your head, I bring it up because it’s that time of year and a great example of what we are all about at ThermApparel, being active, enjoying the outdoors and participating in life, our motto is play cool, stay cool. 

Here in our amazing city of Rochester, NY spring just sprung yesterday. The Rochester Red Wings, our local baseball team, postponed opening day 3 times because of snow and when they finally played their first game it was in the 40’s (no need to bring your UnderCool to this game). As we are always focused on beating the heat here at ThermApparel in Upstate New York (..I know it is very ironic that we live in a place that received 119 inches of snow this winter WOW!) it’s never bad to embrace your inner Boy Scout and always be prepared. Spring is here to bounce us into the boys of summer. 

For many of us the heat can be very serious and we don’t want to speak lightly of it. The heart of ThermApparel lies with this, play cool, stay cool, what do you want to experience this summer? Ball games, backyard BBQs, graduations, the beach or maybe the mountains? How about 9 holes of golf? A bike ride, going to the lake, your kids soccer game, picnics, concerts, festivals, tennis/pickle ball, socializing on the deck or spending the evening around a bonfire while camping and sleeping under the stars? For me I look forward to gardening, mowing the lawn, working on the house and even sitting on the porch watching the sunset. Whatever you end up doing this summer make sure you do something creative and something you’ve never done before. 

What do all these activities have in common? They are exercise. Every time I go to my primary care doctor, I get the what I call the  “I should have listen more to my mother speech” …get more sleep, eat your vegetables, and exercise. The first two are really not that hard, but the 3rd one that gets me every time. I know, I know we have all heard it before. If I told you I had something that reduces stress, makes you sleep better, increases flexibility, can prevent heart disease, pressure sores, diabetes, and improve dormant neuro-pathways, help depression and increase social activities, and its free, (for the most part) it’s too good to be true. For me I have found a new way to exercise, make it an activity. It’s simple, exercise is movement; and after time and enough movement, life improves. So how do we make this a twofer? Think of something fun to do and find someone to do it with (see list of activities above, ok ok watching the sunset may not count as exercise, but it’s a good way to destress.) put on your UnderCool and play cool, stay cool. 

Your UnderCool helps you exercise, use it to help improve you health with a little less pain. We’ve heard from an inspiring women in Organ who wears her UnderCool while doing Tae Kwon Do. Holly fruit punch Batman! That is awesome! But, Please!! ALWAYS check with your doctor first before diving into the deep end and starting an exercise program. Below are some good links to learn more about exercise with MS and spinal cord injuries. We want to know how you exercise in your UnderCool and what you like to do. Send us a pick and a story! You can send it to us via email, Instagram, Facebook or our website. 

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MS Society exercise tips

In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. A study published by researchers at the University of Utah in 1996 was the first to demonstrate the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Those patients who participated in an aerobic exercise program benefited from:

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Active MSers exercise tips

How important is it to exercise if you have multiple sclerosis? Hugely. One leading MS researcher put exercising on the same level as taking a disease modifying therapy. It is more important than virtually anything else that you can personally do to manage your multiple sclerosis.

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making it better

Making It Better is going to be a new monthly section in our newsletter. We want to know what you find amazing about your UnderCool, what you would like to see changed or how can we make it better for you.

Making It Better came from inspiration from a very creative woman who reached out to us with her thoughts and suggestion on how to make the UnderCool better for her.

She suggested that we needed to tell people about the convince of having 2 UnderCool’s instead of 1. She uses her 1 UnderCool everyday at work and goes to the bathroom to take it off and switch out the cooling packs, which can take a bit of time. After getting a 2nd vest, it completely changed the way she works.

In honor of her great idea we have created The Adventure Bundles. 2 UnderCool’s and 8 cooling packs for $359.99. The best part is you get the choice of 2 black UnderCools, 2 White UnderCools or with The Adventure Safari Bundle, 1 white UnderCool and 1 black UnderCool.

How do you use your UnderCool for work? Let us know via email, Instagram, Facebook or our website. 

contact.us@thermappparel.net

Rochester Sled Hockey Clinic with Rochester Accessible Adventures

We had a great time with the Rochester Sled Hockey and Rochester Accessible Adventures a few weeks ago. We had some of the athletes try the UnderCool when they were out on the ice and the response was great! We here at ThermApparel have discovered that the UnderCool is helping out the spinal cord injury population and we are excited to be able to help. If you have any questions or would like more info on the UnderCool or purchase one click here or give us a holler or email contact.us@thermapparel.net If you have any ideas for which content you'd like to see from us, please let me know!

Stay Cool out there... it's starting to heat up. 

Cheers! 
Julia