Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Broken Bones

Not mine, I should hasten to say.

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.


  1. Great tip, like you, I hope I never have to use it.

  2. I hope I never need the tip, but if I do, I'll be grateful for it. People are so creative.

  3. Who'da thunk it! Will have to file this tip away -- and hope I never need to use it! Thanks!

  4. This sounds like a great idea but I wonder if the gloves are strong enough to hold around a cast. They look a bit flimsy. Still I would order some if I broke my arm and had to wear a cast. I am passing the link to a friend.

    1. Well, I assume they hold up for their intended task so a shower should not be a problem. Like I said, I hope never to have to find out for sure.

  5. Oh my! Well, I don't think that would have worked on my ankle cast. The one that got wet when the plastic bag wrap failed. The one we dried out with a hair dryer.

  6. I know just what you mean for my ex husband did artificial insemination for a living. They would be great.

  7. I hope they aren't flimsy as Granny Annie says - I've seen men put those on and shove their arm up the cow. It's gross but if it keeps them dry then it should work on a cast.:-)

  8. As you say, a tip that I hope to never need, but good to know.

  9. Good to know. So far my bones are holding up but one never knows. Also a good thing to share with friends if the need arises.


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