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    Keeping a cast dry

    Last night my 5 year old daughter was jumping on her bed, fell off and broke her arm really bad just above the elbow. She now has a cast that goes from her armpit to her wrist. We are obviously discontinuing swimming lessons and trips to the waterpark, but will still need something to keep it dry for bathing. I saw some neat "vacuum socks" online, but they look like they need at least a couple inches of skin to seal against and I don't think that much area is available around her shoulder. Any ideas?

    I haven't actually seen the cast yet, as she was transfered to Iowa City last night for surgury. I had to stay home and watch the 4 and 2 year olds. She got three pins put into her elbow.


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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    garbage bag + rubberband....tried & true



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Bummer, I hope she makes a speedy recovery.

    I agree with No1Fan, a trashbag and tape or rubber band is the cheapest and best option. 4 broken arms and 1 knee surgery of experience speaking...



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Agreed with the trash bag method. I broke my wrist last year and had a forearm cast and this is all that I used when I showered. The other things prolly work too but for the cost they aren't any better than a trash bag.


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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    The garbage bag method was my first thought too, I just didn't know how well the rubberband would keep water out. I'm sure it would be fine for a shower, but didn't know if it could stand up to full immersion like in a bath.


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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    I wouldn't let t it get totally immersed in water. I mean if it happened once it would be probably be ok but I don't think I would trust anything to protect a cast when under water.


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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    When I broke my my leg I used a trash bag and tape. Worked great.



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Just don't get it wet. I had a cast that they told me was fine to get wet and people showered with them all the time. I showered freely with it the first time, letting the water run down in there (they told me I could...) It never smelled or anything gross afterwards, but it was slimey and miserable for a few days.

    Casts suck. Hope your little girl heals fast.



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Back in my playing days, I had to get casted and the ortho put a washable cast on. I'm sure you can get one for her if requested.
    If not, as the son of a vet, I would say stop by your local clinic and grab some pregcheck gloves. They are shoulder length on a grown man and have fingers in them. Dad used to have people stop in all the time for those.


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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Do what most Hawk fans do: Don't shower.



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    1 less monkey jumping on the bed?

    I'm gonna take the trashbag route as well. Worked for me.



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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybyassociation View Post
    1 less monkey jumping on the bed?

    I'm gonna take the trashbag route as well. Worked for me.
    After she calmed down a bit, she told one of the ER nurses "I was being a monkey jumping on the bed and I fell off but I didn't hurt my head. I broke my arm."

    The other two have been scared straight at least for a while, watching older sister get carried to the van with an S-shaped arm.


    You can spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect floral bouquet for your date ... but you're probably better off checking if you have bad breath and taking the porn out of the glove compartment.

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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Back in my playing days, I had to get casted and the ortho put a washable cast on. I'm sure you can get one for her if requested.
    If not, as the son of a vet, I would say stop by your local clinic and grab some pregcheck gloves. They are shoulder length on a grown man and have fingers in them. Dad used to have people stop in all the time for those.
    Awesome idea. I'm not sure if our vet has any preg check gloves since they are small animal. But I'd bet we could get some from somewhere around here.


    You can spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect floral bouquet for your date ... but you're probably better off checking if you have bad breath and taking the porn out of the glove compartment.

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    Re: Keeping a cast dry

    My son broke his arm a couple of years ago, and did the trash bag thing too. Worked just fine.



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