Not every broken bone needs a cast

Submitted by Annette d. Giacomazzi, Owner and Founder of CastCoverz!™, America’s #1 trusted brand of orthopedic covers and accessories.

Annette’s daughter, Elli, was the inspiration for CastCoverz! when she suffered her 6th broken bone, at the age of 10.  Read more about that story here.  

My 17 year old daughter and I were in a serious car accident two months ago. Elli suffered the greatest with a broken femur and collarbone.  We were hit by an unlicensed driver who ran a red light, then struck a vehicle which launched him airborne, until he slammed into my daughter who was sitting in the front passenger seat of my car. You can’t see it in the picture, but the truck’s wheel imprint was just 1 foot behind where my daughter sat.  3 cars were totalled and the jaws of life had to be used to extricate her fromIMG952240 the car.  It was the most helpless feeling a mother could ever have.   And nothing ever prepares you to witness your child throwing up in a cervical collar.  The next day, a rod was literally hammered up into her femur and screws installed into her hip and knee. Instead of having a 5 inch scar across her shoulder, she chose to have her collarbone heal on its own.

At a time when most 17 year olds are looking at Forever 21 or Hollister brands, Elli’s accessories were a hospital bed and wheelchair.  The doctor had an in-your-face description of her condition, “while she heals, she doesn’t have the use of 50% of her body.” She couldn’t roll over in bed, brush her hair, or brush her teeth. I will honor my daughter by not describing more of what she couldn’t do or what she needed help with. Imagine being a 17 year old girl wanting to assert your independence during your much anticipated senior summer, now once again totally dependent on your mother. My heart ached for her. She needed 3 people to get her out of bed and into the wheelchair, an excruciating, exhausting event for her. I had to give her shots in her skinny belly so she wouldn’t die of blood clots due to laying flat. No matter how much she needed me, I thanked God every time she called for me, whether it was 5 times in 20 minutes or the middle of the night due to hallucinations from the pain medications.  That’s because the alternative, loss of limb, paralysis, or death, could have been our reality.

There wasn’t a dry eye as she was wheeled across her high school auditorium by friends to receive her graduation diploma. Even though my daughter lost her senior summer, blessedly she will physically recover from her injuries.  Two and a half months later, she uses her wheelchair for long excursions (farmer’s market, shopping, etc…) and crutches for shorter stints (around the house, to the movies). She’s finally back in her own bed and bedroom surrounded by her familiar pictures, soft pillows and fuzzy blankets. She’s even starting to go out with friends. Sidebar: Elli has amazing, rise-to-the-occasion friends. Their visits were just as important as the any medicine or therapy and I welcomed each and every one of them.  They made her laugh until she was exhausted. Even her boyfriend, Chad, completely stepped up to the plate during this mind-blowing experience demonstrating tremendous allegiance and patience, at such a young age.  

This horrific nightmare didn’t stop my Elli.  Still in a wheelchair or crutches, she is volunteering next week, her 6th year, for Vacation Bible School at our church, and she’s worked a few hours at CastCoverz! for spending money (thankfully, there is only so much of the Kardashians you can watch). In 3 short weeks from now, we drop her off at Auburn University in Alabama, 2,300 miles from home, to begin her college career. Amazingly, she’s excited about it.  Bless her heart. Bless her great big “I’m-not-letting-anything-stop-me-from-living-a-great-life” heart.

In no way do I minimize her condition, but it is a miracle that Elli “only” broke bones. Her femur and collar bone are broken bones number 11 and 12 and neither require a cast, so no covers from CastCoverz! to make her “Feel Better, so she could Heal Better.” But, she could hand-pick as many designer Slingz! she wanted, and chose a rainbow of designer color crutches and crutch covers.  In addition, our awesome team of sewists, tailored her clothes to accommodate a broken collar bone and femur.   Best of all, the CastCoverz! team kept the business humming along while I stayed home to care for Elli. 

God, side airbags and my big ole’ burb saved my daughter’s life.  Angels came dressed as friends who made her laugh and helped her with year-end school projects.  More angels delivered home-cooked delicious meals and were also disguised as employees who went out of their way so a mother could care for her badly broken daughter. We are blessed.  So very, very blessed.   

 

 

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Waterproof your summer, even in a cast!

Imagine you’ve been preparing for the best ever summer vacation full of sun and surf or waterparkDryPro standards and watermelons.  But, just days before, you or someone you love breaks a bone.  So you call out to friends and family with an SOS:  Save Our Summer!   Don’t worry, waterproof cast covers to the rescue!  Tens of thousands of summer vacations are saved with DryPro, the industry standard in waterproof protection.  Yes, you can swim with your cast on!  DryPro can be used in the pool, at the beach, even down a waterslide or jet skiing! Check out our DryPro for Arms and our DryPro for Legs, for children AND adults.

The CastCoverz!™ advantage:

  • Only BRAND NEW, NEVER USED products are shipped
  • FREE Stockinette with every DryPro purchase
  • Every size in stock
  • Same Day Shipping (orders received before 3:30 p.m. PST M-F; before 12:00 Sat.)
  • Overnight delivery options available
  • Sizing and product questions answered by friendly people (right here in our office, in California!)

As with any purchase, there are situations where a waterproof cast cover won’t work. When in doubt, please call our office, 1(800)CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268).

As your one-stop orthopedic shop, we also carry the CastCooler, which stops the itch and smell of hot, sticky casts; and arm cast covers and leg cast covers in hundreds of fabric choices, which stop the snagging and scratching and keeps your cast clean!   CastCoverz!, America’s #1 Trusted Brand.  

Please contact us at 1(800)CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268) or cs@castcoverz.com

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Fun and Functional Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming and mom is recovering from an orthopedic event…wondering what to buy her? You can help mom feel better, so she heals better with CastCoverz!  The oh-so-common Mother’s Day gifts are chocolates and flowers.  Think outside the (chocolate) box this year and give mom a fun AND functional gift she’ll appreciate during this inconvenient and uncomfortable time in her life.

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CastCoverz! provides much needed comfort and function, in addition to adding some style.  Whether mom is wearing an arm or leg cast, gimping around on crutches, using a cane, wearing a walking boot, or has her arm in a sling, CastCoverz! has just the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Kristine Joan Seeing Spots Pink and PurpleProducts range from cast covers (to keep her cast covered, clean, &ccz010215_006 snag-free), designer color crutches and canes (in fun colors with quality construction), padded crutch covers (there’s even a handy crutch bag), to walking boot covers (covering those toes and that ugly boot), the Evenup Shoe Balancer (evens gait while wearing a boot), and fashionable arm slings (designed with function in mind by adding a thumb loop for wrist support & comfy faux-fur strap).

With many designer colors and fabrics available, you can choose one or two that are just perfect for her.  Whether it’s bold and beautiful or simple and neutral, CastCoverz! has mom covered this Mother’s Day with fashionable and functional orthopedic accessories.

Happy Mother’s Day!

*CastCoverz! offers same day shipping (when placed before 2:30 pm PST) with delivery in 2-3 business days with U.S Priority Mail (Fedex overnight shipping is also available).

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Things to Love About Non-Weight Bearing Lifestyle

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

When you break your ankle or have foot/ankle surgery, your doctor tells you to remain non-weight bearing for the time being. It’s easy to think of all of the inconveniences of being on crutches, but let’s stay positive! Here are a few things you are bound to love about the non-weight bearing lifestyle!

Extra Attention
Though you may not want people surrounding you and doting on your every need, you have to admit, the extra attention is kind of nice. When was the last time your husband offered to make dinner or your wife took out the trash? Friends have offered to run your errands and are calling to check in on you. You are getting some much needed extra attention, soak it up while you can!

Time!!!
You lead a busy life. With work, kids, family gatherings, and many daily activities, it can be hard to slow down and do some of the things you really want to do. You will have to rest, and while you do that, why not catch up on that magazine pile or watch a few good movies you’ve missed? You can’t be as active during recovery, but everyone enjoys a good rest now and then!

Your Mobility Options
Knee ScooterThere aren’t many people that love being on crutches, but with today’s modern technology on your side, you have options! Goodbye Crutches has three mobility devices from which to choose. The Seated Scooter, the Knee Scooter, and the iWALKFree Hands Free Crutch. Inspect the details on all three devices and choose the one that is best for you. If you need the use of your hands, the iWALKFree Hands Free Crutch might be the one for you. If you need extra energy, the Seated Scooter allows you to be mobile, while staying seated. If you want to be fast and efficient, perhaps the Knee Scooter is best. Whichever device you choose, they’re all fun, easy to use, and will be something you love about the non-weight bearing lifestyle.

Style
About Us Sept 2013Everyone tires of their wardrobe from time to time, and when you’re dealing with an orthopedic event, getting dressed can certainly be more difficult. But, you can look on the bright side and add CastCoverz! orthopedic accessories to your life. These covers for casts, braces, walking boots, crutches, and more can blend right in or make a fashion statement with a variety of fabrics from bold and vibrant to solid and neutral. Not only do they add style, they add function by keeping your cast clean and snag-free, becoming your best asset during the recovery process.

The non-weight bearing lifestyle is hard, there’s not doubt about it. Instead of dwelling on the inconveniences, think about the parts you are bound to love. With a smile on your face and love in your heart, the recovery process will go by much faster.

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