Going on holiday and Swimming whilst in a cast Going on holiday with a broken bone can present many challenges. Maneuverability issues, potential for re-injury, and lack of proper equipment can all influence a patient’s ability to fully enjoy a holiday. However, with a bit of planning and the right tools, enjoying a holiday while in a cast is absolutely possible. These simple tips will get you lounging poolside in no time.
1. Cast Covers
Cast covers are devices that can be applied directly over top of the cast in order to make it completely waterproof. After applying the cover, excess air is then sucked out with a detachable hand help pump. This keeps air out of the cover and makes it completely waterproof, so that it can be used in and around water. In fact, the vacuum seal on a cast cover is strong enough to allow users to jump in pools and even swim in the sea. Still, be sure to apply the cover well before you go near the water — it will be very uncomfortable if sand gets trapped in the cast, and it wont easy to remove.
2. Getting Around
Getting around on holiday while using a cast can be a little trickier than normal, but there are plenty to ways to navigate while still having fun.
If you’ll be flying with your cast, speak to a doctor first. He or she will need to issue you a “Fit to Fly” letter, assuring the airline that you are physically well enough for air travel. You will also want to inform the airline in case they have any special procedures for transporting you or have any of their own tips to offer. Remember that injured limbs swell more easily during flights, so an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen is good to have on hand.
Finally, if you’ll be going to any amusement parks, excursions, restaurants or beaches, call ahead to ask management what procedures they have for those with limited mobility. They may be able to give you special entrance passes or provide additional transportation assistance so that you can move more comfortably.
3. Travel Insurance and Additional Precautions
Taking out a cast-specific travel insurance will ensure that any further injury on the trip is covered by insurance and that medical attention is never far away. Most major insurance providers offer some form of coverage for traveling with a hard cast, but it’s important to call and talk about your insurance options with plenty of anticipation in case there’s any additional paperwork that needs to be filled out.
Also, if you’ll be travelling internationally, you’ll need to contact customs beforehand. Some countries don’t allow plaster casts to cross borders for risk of smuggling illegal materials, and you’ll need to know if any of these restrictions apply to you.
These simple tips will help you enjoy holiday more fully, even if having a plaster cast means you have to modify your holiday activities slightly. With a bit of planning, you can be sure that the most enjoyable aspects of going on a vacation are still available to you, and that you don’t have to be excluded from the rest of the family’s fun.