Cast Off and Counting Down – Andy Update #3

Andy’s 1st wrist cast was white. That’s generally what you get in the emergency room.

Andy's first cast

Andy’s first cast.

Two weeks later, due to normal muscle atrophy, Andy got a 2nd, snugger cast, this time, any color he liked. He chose purple.

Cast color options

The cast color options at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, NH.

Over the following 4 weeks, Andy did a great job keeping the purple cast dry, through all of his light-duty yard work and special bagging and taping for every bath & shower.

However, dishwashing was the eventual demise of Andy’s purple cast. A wet cast is an unhealthy, unhappy place, so even though removal was officially scheduled for 5 days later, Andy got his 3rd cast just in time for our visit to Maine over Memorial Day.

Feeling festive, Andy selected purple with a glow-in-the-dark stripe, which was a big hit with our youngest friends:

Checking out Andy's glow-in-the-dark cast...

Checking out Andy’s glow-in-the-dark cast…

Fun as the 3rd cast was, though, it was with great anticipation and relief that this (hopefully!) final cast was removed last Wednesday!

Cast removal

Cast removal with a special little rotary cutter… the big moment!

Andy got more x-rays of his wrist and collarbone, which the doctors think look great (lots of hazy sections signifying active tissue re-growth).

And best of all, the doctor prescribed a sturdy wrist brace, only occasional sling use, and immediate physical therapy for shoulder & wrist.

Happy with his new wrist brace!

Sporting his new wrist brace!

He’s definitely on the mend, now and hoping to be %100 in 4 more weeks. That would mean we could be swing dancing in time for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in July! Keep your fingers crossed & I’ll keep you posted…

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