Caden got her cast off today! Four weeks and four days after getting it on. Bummer for her four weeks landed on Thanksgiving, but she toughed it out.
Overall, she did amazing with the cast. She had a few days in the middle where she really got down about it. Luckily, our trip came at the end, so the last 10 days were away from school where she didn’t have to worry about all of the things she was missing out on. In Arizona she swam, she rode horse, and she did all of the things that Delaney did. It also made me very happy that this happened in the fall, because by the time we left her cast was starting to get stinky from the sweat.
Should you ever know someone with a cast, tell them to get a cast protector. One nurse told me to do a bag, one told me to use press and seal wrap, and the doctor said to get a cast protector. Ours came from Walgreens and I’m so glad he told me about them! She took baths, she took showers, she swam, and it kept her cast dry every time, even if she submerged it. Total life saver.
Then, they broke apart the cast. After that she took a scissors and cut through the cotton layers. Two quick x-rays and we were done! However, once the cast was off Caden was holding her wrist and arm in a really weird way, that made it look like it was still broken and wavy. That did not give me confidence. Also, the second x-ray still showed the break, and I thought for sure we were in for four more weeks of cast. Turns out, bone was growing, just on the other side of the break. Phew. I was very much prepared for the worst!
She has a brace that she’ll wear at school for the next three weeks. Her wrist is very sore right now. She practiced piano for 10 minutes and had to put the brace on after. I’m hoping once she starts using it she’ll gain strength quickly, but she seems very hesitant to use it right now. We shall see.
Happy birthday Dad!