The First Two Weeks

{Patience}

It is safe to say that the first 2(ish) weeks in the Spica Cast is the hardest. I often had to say to myself ‘How would you be if you were in a cast like that?’ just so I could give more patience to my 2-year-old.

If you are going through a spica cast as a caregiver…you will realize a) that you are a very patient person or b) you are not. I’m going to err on the side of (b) not because that’s who you are day in and day out, but because it is so difficult mentally, physically and emotionally.

Things to expect:

  1. Your child will have NO idea how to communicate their frustration.
    • My son was a ‘flipper’ in the night, meaning he enjoyed being on his back then belly then side, you get the picture. Well being in the Spica cast, it was very difficult for him to figure out how to maneuver. I’m certain he was up close to every 1-2 hours when he was sleeping through the night before the cast.
  2. Your child will not want the medicine they previously always asked for.
    • Anytime Motrin was necessary for my child before the surgery, he took it without hesitation. I specifically remember that he had a ‘medicine dance’ where he’d chant ‘Med-i-cine, med-i-cine, med-i-cine’ while swaying to the beat.
    • When the hospital stay happened and he was taking a medicine every 3 hours and the taste was different…it all changed. He no longer was willing to take medicine and trickery had to happen. Suggestions…
      • Hidden Treasure – Stirring in with applesauce, ice cream, pudding, etc.
      • Shock and awe – Shooting some whip cream in the mouth while simultaneously pushing the syringe in.
      • Sippy Sure –This is a purchase online, it didn’t work for us, but some swear by it. Worth the option.
      • Crushing – You can purchase the chew-able children’s and crush and mix it. While it still has flavor, it may be easier for it to be hidden than the liquid.
      • My least favorite – Force. Like putting it into their mouth and blowing in their face lightly, I guess that makes them breath and swallow? 
  3. Your sleep will diminish {temporarily}.
    • You will sleep again. Trust me. Naps will come back, you’ll dream in the night again and everyone will be happy.
  4. Your *not so* independent child.
    • My son was so independent and I could let him play with his toys and toy box for a while without him needing me. When he was in cast, he obviously couldn’t maneuver like he used to. So I had to find ways to keep his mind occupied and bring new stuff to the table (more on this on another post).
  5. Bowel Movements.
    • Yes. Poop. You’ll notice a little constipation. I suggest prune juice, extra greens and LOTS of water. EVERY child is different, but if your child is having a hard time going to the bathroom, lay them on their belly and turn a movie on. It go his mind off of the BM and I think the natural pushing on his belly helped get things moving.

The biggest take away on this, is life before the cast will come back. Just keep smiling and being your constant for your little one and if you need to cry, go behind closed doors! Fake it until you make it 😉