Got Water in my Cast/Shoulda had a cast protector

So here I am waiting and wishing I could fast forward through the days. Tired of feeling like James Caan in “MISERY”. In two days time I will get this damn cast off. Pretty sure I will get a lighter type of cast on Friday. The one I have on now is plaster with a splint inside and my foot pointed down. Feels like an anchor. With my leg withering away inside this cocoon it really feels like I’m dragging a ball with a chain.

Anywho, I am patiently awaiting the arrival of one of my neighbors/friends. I need to borrow a hair dryer because guess what? I got water into my cast trying to take a shower! GOOD GRIEF! Just when I was having a good day too. I forgot to tape up the top portion of the plastic bag on my leg. Didn’t take long to realize I screwed up. I hurried up and got the hell out of Dodge! It’s not soaked but annoying as all hell. Calf is a bit damp and the top part of cast is a little moist but all in all I gotta say it isn’t too bad. Not bad enough to go see my doctor. Damn, how did I mess this up? I really hope this hair dryer thing is a help. This damp clammy feeling is not cool. Didn’t get the foot wet so that’s a blessing.

Will post again after new cast on Friday and hope to have some pics too.

Can I fast forward to April of 09?

8 Comments so far

  1. gw0508 on October 29th, 2008

    Bad luck. I had something similar when I was in the fiberglass cast. I hadn’t noticed the top of my cast protector was partially opened. Fortunately, high & dry in Colorado & it didn’t take too long to dry with a little help from the hair dryer. You’re brave trying to shower with the splint on. I rolled in & out of my tub when I had that cocoon on. (Good name for it) Too unstable & I didn’t trust myself to stay upright on that! Good luck on the rest of your healing!

  2. maestro on October 29th, 2008

    Believe me it wasn’t easy.

  3. mandy on October 30th, 2008

    Hi Maestro,

    I did the exact same thing 5 days before my first post op visit - minus the fact I did tape the bag, however, they were cheap bags and it ripped on the back of my splint cast. I kinda of freaked out as well - I ended up blotting the inside of the calf portion with a couple paper towels and used a blow dryer to dry it. It worked reasonably well. Good luck.. I just got my new splint cast - and when they took off the splint - everything was fine. Th incision wasn’t wet.. So again, good luck!

  4. maestro on October 30th, 2008

    Thx, Mandy. I think I’ll relax now.

  5. jonathan9 on October 30th, 2008

    Hi Maestro,
    You really need to get yourself a proper cast cover. I’ve put the link tho the company that sells them in the UK and I have to say it was excellent and only £10. If I were you I’d look for something similar to avoid risking getting the new cast wet.

  6. jonathan9 on October 30th, 2008
  7. despina on November 7th, 2008

    I didn’t even know that cast covers existed.

    I did the old plastic bag trick for 5 weeks and it worked just fine. I think this is why:
    a. Big heavy duty garbage bag
    b. Ensure that it has those handles, but not the ones that move/gather - you just want handles that are an extension of the plastic bag.

    Then, you don’t actually tie the bag closed. Instead, you push one of the loops through the other, and pull it tight, shutting off the air to your leg. I just looped it back through a couple of times. Never let a drop through. Magic!

  8. maestro on November 7th, 2008

    I returned that cast protector. I was able to figure out a way to bath without using one. Thx for the info though.

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