This is a very untypical blog post for me.
No gruesome dislocations or compound fractures. No life altering fracture reduction sessions. No surgeries.
Just a simple story about a woman named Jayde who had always wanted a cast.
"As a kid, I thought it would be cool to break something and have a cast and crutches. I was so totally jealous when Meg Anderson broke her leg in 6th grade. She was in a full leg cast. Boys carried her books and everyone signed her cast."
At the ripe old age of 24, Jayde got her wish fulfilled. Her foot began to hurt but she continued walking on it for 2 weeks. Finally, the pain became so great she was having trouble walking at all. During a visit to a podiatrist, it was discovered that she had a stress fracture. And she had developed tendonitis as a result of the continual walking.
Jayde was placed in short leg cast with a walking shoe. Initially, she was exstatic about getting the cast. After a day, reality set in.
Over these last couple of weeks I have come up with a pro and cons list of wearing a cast. Let me say, the con list is FAR longer than the pro list.
Let me tell you, "IT.IS.NOT.FUN" to wear a cast! If you think it might be, read my list below:
My foot/leg itches and I can't scratch it!! It is awful!!
I don't like my new waddle. I'm no longer level so I waddle around and I'm sure it looks pretty funny.
I can't shave my leg under my cast! Ewwwwww!!
The cast material is VERY rough so it scrapes off my skin if my other leg rubs against it. At night I have to put on 2 knit socks because I either scrape myself or my husband's skin off during the night. One sock I cut the toes off of so it would slide all the way on and then the other sock goes on the bottom.
During the day (while working at my desk) I like to sit "Indian Style" in my chair....I can't do it now! It is very frustrating and it is very hard to concentrate because I'm not in my comfortable work position.
I can't drive because it is my right foot.
My husband has to chauffeur me. It is not good for my marriage. I am a backseat driver and am totally a little scared of his driving.
I miss putting my jeans on in a normal fashion. Now, it takes me about 4-5 minutes just to get them on and about 4-5 minutes to take them off. Jeans are not made to maneuver around a cast. They are not a very giving material. But, I am very happy and blessed that I can even get them on. I love my jeans!
I miss having two socks on and not having to stretch a HUGE knit sock over my cast in order to warm my toes that are sticking out the bottom.
I can't sleep because I am a stomach sleeper. I can't lay on my stomach because I would have to twist my leg in order to lay it flat OR let my leg stick up in the air with my toes smashing into the mattress. Even my sleep number bed can't help me with this one.
I can't walk long distances or for a long period of time.
I am a bath person and I normally take a bath almost every night and read. It is VERY hard to get in and out of a left-sided tub when you can't step into the tub to get in. It is also really hard to get out. Luckily, my husband built me a wooden bar so I can set my leg on it instead of it laying in the tub getting wet. BUT, this doesn't help with getting in and out so I only take a bath about once a week now.
I can't use my ankle. Do you know how often you use your ankle? A LOT! If I'm sitting in a chair usually my foot would be flush with the floor. Nope. Not with a cast. It is in the permanent L position.
Did I say....I can't drive and it is REALLY bad for my marriage.
I walked on the cast without my "special shoe" so the bottom of it is kind of cracked. It makes cracking noises when I walk sometimes.
I'm constantly wanting to take my shoe off and then I realize it's a CAST! It doesn't come off.
I only have to shave one leg. :o) (see cons list #3 above)
I only have to wash 1/2 the number of socks I normally do since I can only wear 1 each day instead of 2. :o)
I have a chauffeur (see cons list #6, 7, & 14 above).
But, as expected, Jade survived. After four short weeks in the cast, her foot was healed. The cast was removed and life returned to normal.