The doctor who cast my arm is an 'old pro' but maybe he never had to live in one of these casts - His only advice was to keep it dry, and okay, sure, that's a challenge in itself. But, why did he not provide a covering? A sleeve of some kind? I looked online and found...nothing?!!! After it velcroed itself to my car seat material, pulled looping threads out of my skirt, and nearly shredded my baby's nicest outfit, and scraped his head, I'd had enough. (Sure I'm grateful for it's wonderful lightweight state-of-the-art stiffness to allow me more freedom of movement while I heal, but seriously, what a turd.)
But isn't this a great cast now?! 'Lucky Break', get it? Hahahaha
So, here is my solution, and you can do it too!
What you will need:
- Very Sharp Scissors
- Ace bandage and/OR medical tape (the rip-able kind) (you will need both if you choose Ace bandage)
- Knit leggings (I used a white pair for a base color) and/or
- Footless Tights in the color/pattern of your choice or knee-high socks in a cool pattern
Step 1: Wrap your cast in an ace bandage or medical tape (the rip-able kind)
Cover the end of the Ace bandage with medical tape to secure - don't use the metal clips.
Step 2: Cover your wrapped cast in a soft sleeve.
I used a pair of girls seamless knit leggings size large* (12-14yrs 92% polyester and 8% spandex) from Target, 'lined' in fleece (which means it is fuzzy on the inside, not that it's two layers) My objective was to lightly 'pad' the cast, because accidently bumping my baby's head with my hard cast has made him cry. I don't care if it is thick looking - it's nicer. I lucked out that these are seamless, but maybe seamless is the new trend and easy to find? Well, whatever the reason, it makes my 'fancy' cast that much more fabulous, in my opinion.
Step 3: Finesse it! Show your style! ;)
I found white girls footless tights, also from Target, also size large (12-14yrs) with 3 sparkly butterflies on each leg. I debated getting leopard print or rainbow stripes, but ultimately, I want this to look like a cast. A nice, pretty cast.
A little snip snip and voila! A cast I (we) can live with. For four more weeks.
This one is plain and purty. Perfect for a little girl - or me!
Some notes of importance:
*Wrap your fiberglass cast in tape or ace bandage first or else you will snag the heck out of whatever you try to pull on over it. (good thing the legs of the tights come in pairs!). My cast is a bit fat because I chose to wrap first with the ace bandage. Wrapping first with tape would be slimmer but seems likely I will need to unwrap it for some unforeseen reason, and I want to be able to do that easily...
*Pull the legging/tights over the cast till the woven ankle edge exactly covers the end of the cast, NOT over the edge to touch your skin. You do not want a elastic band restricting blood flow to your hand. Trust me. Even if it feels ok, it will restrict just enough blood flow that your arm will start to swell and you will panic and start thinking about cutting off your cast yourself. In a panic of sudden claustrophobia. Or maybe that's just me. :) After an hour with my arm over my head after moving the elastic edges off my skin and up onto the cast's edge I felt better, but that was not a fun ride. I found this link to help me thru the panic. :)
*Cut the leggings/tights after you pull them on your cast with very sharp scissors. Make your determination of where to cut slowly and carefully. The material will (hopefully) not fray, poly knits are great like that, but you don't want to cut too much off right away. You can always cut off more, but you can't add back what you've removed - like I wish my thumb hole was not quite so big, but, like I said earlier, these come in pairs, so if you need to start over, you can! I'm saving my spare for when this one gets dirty - which I'm sure it probably will.
*If you were covering a little kid's size cast, you could get a smaller size, but I needed these at least this large, even though they are s-t-r-e-t-c-hy, they felt barely big enough to pull over my cast. I could have shopped the adult size leggings but then I'd have the pay the adult prices...and maybe also I'd have to sew it slimmer (nooo! I only have one hand! No-sew please!) If you need a cast cover for an adult leg cast, you will definitely need adult sized leggings and/or tights.
Hope you or your loved one heals up fast and that this has been a helpful post for you!
All the best,