On day 12 - I had my 2nd follow up meeting with Dr. C. Anna, the medical assistant cut off the plaster of paris cast. Sutures were removed, overall the incision looked clean and was healing properly. You could begin to notice the leg atrophy…leg hair was growing back…everything looked on track. I requested that the medical assistant clean my foot with alcohol wipes…outstanding.
Dr. C slapped on a new fiberglass cast…sweet glow-in-the-dark color - the kid’s request. My foot still in the position with my toes pointed down…not comfortable. The cast felt very tight….especially around the foot. The cast stayed on for 16 days…and I have to say it felt tight much of the time. I had to keep the foot elevated; if my foot was down for any period of time, it swelled up and the pressure was intense.
We went back up to the lake house in Michigan for labor day weekend, and there was no way I was going to be there for the weekend sitting around on the dock without swimming in the lake. I found a waterproof cast cover on line, XeroSox http://www.xerosox.com/ that touted you could completely submerge underwater - and keep the cast dry. I bought one from Amazon.com, it showed up 2 days later, and it worked like a champ. I spent an hour straight in the lake swimming and it kept the cast dry and the water out. It was great to play w/ the kids in the water and feel somewhat back to normal for a couple of hours. Strongly recommend the product.
During this stretch, I was going into work 2 or 3 days a week (getting rides to and from w/ co-workers - or from my wife), working from home the rest of the time. Overall I was getting around pretty well.
Couldn’t wait for the next appt w/ Dr. C on day 27 to get the second cast cut off…