My friend Ginnie. I would call her Humpty Dumpty but she falls and breaks bones rather than an egg shell. I went with her to a follow appointment for a broken wrist she suffered almost a month ago. She was to have a consult with a specialist about whether or not she might need surgery.
The waiting room was filled with people with casts and bones in various states of healing. I noticed (and this may be a gross overgeneralization, but it seemed true that day) that people with broken bones can be quite gregarious. It was like being at a party, everybody chatting and sharing the gruesome details of their injuries, mingling as they moved from waiting room to x-ray department, calling cheery good-byes when they were whisked into the doctors' offices.
Well. in absorbing all this, I picked up a valuable tip. I learned that it apparently a good idea to cover a cast when taking a shower. You can fool around with plastic bags, but that is difficult if you don't have someone around to help secure it and even then it might fail. I learned that there are covers you can buy at a medical supply place, but these are quite pricey. So here's the tip revealed by a young woman who was comparing arm casts with Ginnie:
Go to a local farm supply store. Purchase breeder gloves. They're generally used for artificially inseminating cows and horses.
They are relatively inexpensive -- ten for 12 bucks. They come in colors!
I hope I never have to use this tip. I hope you never have to either, but now you know. I should post this on Pinterest.