Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cast Removal and Cast #2

Valentine's Day was the removal of Vi's first cast and application for cast #2.  We had to take the cast off her ourselves by soaking her in a tub of warm water with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar.  We used a plastic tote because we didn't want the plaster in my tub and then in our pipes.

It was quite the process and utilized Paul, me, and Grandma Shari. The whole process took about 40 min to soak the cast and then peel it off.  Vi loved that whole process, I was worried she would scream the whole time, but she thought the water felt great and loved having the casts off.  After the casts were removed she got to have a bath, a real bath not just a sponge bath.  It was great.  I was amazed by how much her feet had turned out in just one casting.

Once she had her bath we took advantage of the hour before leaving for her appointment by trying to do a Valentine's Day photo shoot at home.

At her Dr. appt we got to weigh her with her casts off and she weighed a whopping 8 pounds 8 ounces.  At 17 days of age she had already gained over a pound from her birth weight of 7 pounds 6 ounces.  The dr measured her progress and she went from being an 8 out of 20 to a 2 or 3 out of 20 (that is a good thing, the lower the score the better) and told us she would only need one more cast.  What normally takes 6-8 casts Vi was going to accomplish in 2. We were really excited about that.
 Here she is getting cast #2 on.
As you can see she hates her new cast.  She had a horrible 48 hours post cast. Screamed all the time and was very fussy. It is definitely not easy to watch.  I felt horrible for my little babe.

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