I hate to interrupt but....

Iowa Roo Mom

Resistance Is Futile
11 Years
Apr 30, 2009
Keokuk County
My stupid ankle itches something fierce and this stupid cast is making it impossible to reach, even with the handle of the flyswatter, and- my leg is freaking H-O-T.


Seriously! Oh and this business of sleeping in the recliner, Diesel is not impressed, and I gotta tell ya, neither am I.

Did I mention I squeak with every freaking step I take? Talk about annoying!! And wrapping my leg with a trash bag and duct tape would be thoroughly enjoyable, with the exception of taking off layers of skin from the back of my leg each time I remove the stupid duct tape. Showering has become a chore.

Speaking of chores... I even have to tie grocery bags over my foot to do chicken chores, which has become increasingly difficult now, and even resulted in another fall. What can I say? Have you people ever tried to walk in chicken poo on a freaking grocery bag?

Sorry, but this just bites. And now back to your regularly scheduled rambling...

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11 Years
Aug 17, 2008
Abiquiu, New Mexico
Uh, maybe get rid of the cast and get something else? There are usually options but seldom explored sufficiently, IMHO
And in the meantime, unwrap a wire hanger, put some lambs wool soaked in alcohol on the sharp end and itch away!


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
South Georgia

And consider a sponge bath in place of the shower at least sometimes. If it were me I'd be sponging off with witch hazel and water, or one of those antiseptic skin cleansers and water. No rinsing needed. Kitchen sinks with sprayers make decent shampoo sinks -- or just don't wash it quite so often. Take it easy on yourself.

I HATE pulling hair and skin off with tape. Not a good lesion to have to treat later, either.

If I were your neighbor I'd plunk you in a lawn chair and do the chicken chores for you, with you supervising. People love to say, if there's anything I can do... well, take someone up on it.

I agree, you deserve a good rant.
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Premium Feather Member
14 Years
Nov 27, 2008
Glen St Mary, Florida
I've worn a leg cast before, knee down to the toes...they make you itch terribly. Solution...unravel a wire coat hanger, heheheh, it gets all the itches and it feels soooo good!! Bath time you're gonna have to sit with your leg propped up on the edge of the tub. Since it was my right leg, I had to sit in the opposite end of the tub. It's not easy, but I did it. I failed miserably with it out in the rain...it started falling apart and had to get new one grrrrr. My toes started getting cold and had to wear a sock that went on the front foot part of the cast too lol. Once it's removed it feels like your leg is very light, like a feather lol. Dont forget to get that coat hanger. Good luck!

Whispering Winds

11 Years
Jan 14, 2009
Bond County, Illinois
Be careful with the wire hanger, it can scratch and get infected and you don't know because you can see until its bad. Use a plastic fly swatter handle, or take a blow dryer and blow it down into the cast. Wrap the trash bag tightly around the top of your cast and tape the bag, not your leg . . .know what I mean? It is aggravating and frustrating. They gave me crutches and I hit a throw rug with one of them and almost killed myself, and after that just walked on the dang thing. Had to set down going up and down the stairs, but I did it.


9 Years
Apr 23, 2010
Ottawa, Ohio
When my daughter broke her arm and had the huge cast that went up to her armpit, we also struggled with bathing. Went to our local pharmacy and found a rubber cover specially made for covering the cast. The hole was very small but strectchy so you could pull it on but it would shrink over top of the cast. They also made them for leg casts. If your pharmacy doesn't have them, look online for something similar to this: http://www.ithacasports.com/wacaco1.html?gclid=CKuvpoH5xaQCFcFrKgodBgt1Cg
searched for cast covers and found this one. There are a range of prices.

Also, please be careful sticking items inside the cast to scratch with as it can cause complications. If you break open the skin, you can get a really bad infection since bacteria love damp dark places. That would be why some people are advising to use alcohol or witch hazel... to prevent infection.

So sorry you are struggling.... wishing you felt better.

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