Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Cast off

He's been counting down the sleeps, and today was the day. He told me that when the roll is called at school in the morning he's been answering with [x] more days till my plaster comes off! instead of here or present. Today he told me he said it's today! when his name was called.


He said the saw they used to take the cast off was not so much tickly as buzzy. During the sawing he made a sort of ahh noise so that he could hear the vibrations through his voice. He also kept chatting away to the technician forgetting that there was a loud saw and they both had headphones on so no-one could hear anything. Then he sat up slowly and you could see he felt most peculiar. His arm felt light and weird. We had to go from the plaster room to the x-ray ward, and he insisted he had to walk at snail's pace because of his funny feeling arm.


Then we saw the orthopaedic doctor who was training a student doctor, so I think we got to hear a lot more information that normal. Like for instance that if he'd been ordering the cast he would have moved the plate at the end of the bone over a bit, via manipulation. Hmm. But he says the banana shaped wrist will straighten itself out anyway over the next six months. When he asked Cherub to move his wrist Cherub said I can't. The doctor said, in a voice that brooked no argument, Try. So Cherub did. It's all good.


We kept the cast as a souvenir, but we be scrubbed off the scurfy dead skin at bathtime.


The inside of his hand was filthy! He's off sport for another 4 weeks, but he's allowed to swim.


  1. That's some mad trick photography making his arm look longer than the other one. {insert smiley}

    Glad all is well.

    Still can't smiley or exclaim. {insert frowny}

    Keyboard being fixed this week {insert exclamation mark and smiley}

  2. Son #1 said his arm felt as though it was floating when they took his cast off. His was a double cast too, as they put a plaster of paris cast on in the hospital, and then a week later at Outpatients, the technicians put the lime green fibreglass one on top of it. Was Cherub's a double thick one? I'm wondering now if it's standard.

    Anyway. I bet he's glad to have his arm back, manky skin and all!

  3. Aunty E, I am really enjoying your efforts to get round your defective keyboard [exclamation mark]

    I was wondering if you could use


    as an interim smiley [question mark]

  4. Suse, Cherub only had a regular one-layer cast. He had a minor break, sounds like your boy's injury was far worse.

  5. Enjoyed those photos of Cherub.
    I can remember the terrible itch on account of the plaster cast (pre-fibreglass - 1970). Christmas holidays in the tropics, my scratching tools of choice were: the end of the bottle brush and a thin ruler. Yes, I recall that odd "lightness" after the cast was off.


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