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snowy24040
14th May 2007, 11:54 PM
HI
IVE THOUGHT OF SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING COURTNEYS CAST IF ANY ONE CAN HELP


1.HOW DO THEY KEEP THE BACK STRAIGHT WHEN THEY PUT THE CAST ON

2.DO THEY HAVE TO MAKE A MOULD FIRST

3.HOW LONG DOES THE FIRST ONE TAKE

4.IS IT ITCHY OR UNCOMFORTABLE

5.CAN YOU BATH,OR SHOWER

6.IS IT HEAVY

7.DOES IT FIT UNDER THERE ORDINARY CLOTHES

8.HOW OFTEN IS IT CHANGED

9.HOW MUCH OF THE BODY DOES IT COVER



THANK YOU IF YOU CAN HELP

X X SHARON X X

sg-ni
15th May 2007, 12:17 AM
Hello there,

1 - Im not sure if its any different now, but they held me still if I remember what my mum said correct. She said I used to hit and fight with the doctors and try to run away every time they went to put a new cast on me :hammer: .

2/3 - Not sure

4 - I cant really remember that far back, but I can safely assume I didnt find it too comfortable, espicially in the summer !

5 - If I remember correct, I used to just get sat on the bath to wash my lower end then got my arms washed with a cloth. Then I got a full wash inbetween cast changes. Id probably think there is waterproof covers or something you can use nowadays to keep the cast dry, or if there is such a thing as waterproof casts? :???:

7 - Here are a few pics of me in the mid/late 80s when I was in a cast, I look sortof like a wee barrel with it on underneath !. Im not sure if they do the casting differently now, but thats how I got done back then.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/sgni/ss/me-jul-1986.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/sgni/ss/me-som-1987.jpg You can sortof see the top of it on this one

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/sgni/ss/me-som-1986-1.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/sgni/ss/me-som-1986.jpg

As you can see I was rightly 'bulked up' with it on.

8 - Mine was changed every 3 to 6 months if I remember correct.

9 - Covers roughly the same area as the brace, but I do remember it feeling very heavy and awkard above the hips and I did find it difficult to stoop over and do things like that due to the bulkyness.


Sorry I cant be any more specific !

andrea
15th May 2007, 01:59 PM
Hi Sharon

This is my specialist subject, so I should be able to help

1.HOW DO THEY KEEP THE BACK STRAIGHT WHEN THEY PUT THE CAST ON

She will be placed on a special table under a GA and her spine placed under traction and rotated until it is straight. She will then have a body stocking put on and then the "plaster" over the top.

2.DO THEY HAVE TO MAKE A MOULD FIRST

No

3.HOW LONG DOES THE FIRST ONE TAKE

They take about 1 and a half hours start to finish

4.IS IT ITCHY OR UNCOMFORTABLE

It can be a bit itchy, but kids soon adapt. They shouldn't be uncomfortable.

5.CAN YOU BATH,OR SHOWER

Nicola's daughter is in a waterproof cast, but Erin isn't, so baths consist of her sitting on the edge of the bath and me hosing her legs and sponging her down.

6.IS IT HEAVY

It weighs about 1kg

7.DOES IT FIT UNDER THERE ORDINARY CLOTHES

Yes, pretty much. Erin doesn't like wearing trousers as they fall off the back of the cast, but skirts and dresses are fine. You may want to get bigger knickers so they go over the cast.

8.HOW OFTEN IS IT CHANGED

About every 3 months

9.HOW MUCH OF THE BODY DOES IT COVER

Have a look in the gallery where you can see various ones of Erin's. At the moment, it comes up to just under her arms and goes down to her hips.


If I can help with anything else, just shout.
Andrea
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Sealy
15th May 2007, 07:36 PM
Hi,

I don't really have much to add to what Andrea has written, she basically summed it up very well! My daughter was in serial casts for three years and she had a total of 7 or 8 cast changes. She started off with a sixty degree curve at 19 months of age which very quickly progressed within a matter of two weeks to 68 degrees when the first cast was applied. I can happily say that casts worked very well for us. She is currently wearing a Spinecor brace and we've been able to maintain her curve at 1 degree for the past 16 months. I try to take things one day at a time and I don't know what future holds, but life is very good right now.

andrea
15th May 2007, 08:50 PM
I meant to ask Sharon, do you know what Courtney's curve is at right now? It's good they took more xrays - at least you know what's what now.

snowy24040
15th May 2007, 09:38 PM
hi andrea

after cyst op curve 40 degrees,next appointment 57 degrees
in january 64 degrees yesturday 68 degrees.

newgirl
15th May 2007, 10:14 PM
Hi Sharon,
I think Andrea has covered everything really well there.
Niamh is in a waterproof cast at the moment but apparantly not a lot of centres use them as they are very costly. She had previously being in non waterproof ones and we managed washing either in the sink with her sitting on the draining board and a hose down, or standing in the bath when she was ols enough to do that.

Clothes are difficult, I even found that from cast to cast that some things just didn't fit right. Funnily enough we are doing really well with jeans at the moment with an expandanble belt but this is the first cast that has really worked.

I find that pinafore dresses are a really good buy, as are tracksuits and some leggings. They have to be highwaisted to go up over the cast.

If I think of any more tips I will pass them on,
Good luck
Nicola

tonibunny
15th May 2007, 10:21 PM
Hi Sharon,

That's encouraging then.....I know Mr Lucas said he thought Courtney's curve was too big for casting, but look how great casts have been for Dierdre and Erin! I also had a thoracic curve of around the same size (in the high 60s) when I was the same age, and casts and Milwaukee braces held it and stopped it from getting worse for years! I only needed surgery when it began to deteriorate rapidly when I was 10.

It's rare to see little children with such big curves so maybe Mr Lucas was freaked out because he had never come across one before.