Have an itch, must scratch

That’s what happens when it’s day 3 of having a cast on.  Realistically, it’s only been 48 hours.  And it’s already started to itch.

Now, you might ask, why do I have a cast on and where is it? Well, it’s a torso cast.  The purpose of this? Lose those little last pounds that I haven’t been able to lose so far with diet, exercise, massage and vacuum.

Now, compared to the pain of vacuum, which admittedly is short-lived, the itch from the cast is nothing.  But the itch is constant, versus excruciating pain which lasts about 5 seconds at a time.

So, how did I end up in a cast? Well, it’s all Crystal fault!  Admittedly, Crystal is a finalist for Miss Tourism 2008.  The final is on Saturday night.  This week, leading up to the final, she wants to lose any extra pounds and make sure she is svelte.  So she shows up with Rita (the torturer of massage & vacuum) to put a cast on her torso.  And she got 2 more girls from the office to sign up with her. They dragged me in with them, and convinced me that since this week I am in classes and don’t have time for exercise, massages or vacuum. Therefore, they convinced me that I had to do something this week, and that the only realistic option I had was to join them in getting a torso cast.

So, here I am, on day 3 (of 5) of wearing a cast.

Day one – the cast dried mostly okay, but I can directly to University and I sat slumped in my chair, causing the cast to bend a little at the top of my back.  This made a part of the cast poke me in the ribs, because it was no longer straight.  Sleep that night was horrid.  I tossed and turned all night, trying to find a decent position to sleep.

Day two – I made it through the day, but felt that there was something poking me in the ribs/back all day long.  When I got to University, I realised what I had done to the cast to result in the poke in the ribs (by sitting in the identical same position). Got home, at about 10.15, and got out the garden shears and a pair of heavy-duty scissors and cut the top part of the back off the cast.  Took me forever.  Especially since it was the back… what on earth had I gotten myself into? And, of course, in order to have 2 mirrors, I had to do it in the bathroom (no air-conditioner).  By the time I had finished, I as sweating heavily.  I guess that’s part of the purpose of the cast… but damn, overdoing it.  And when I finished, I couldn’t just hop in the shower and cool off, because I have the cast on.  Instead, I washed my hair with cold water.

The beauty of cutting the top of the back off, was that I slept so much better than I had the night before.

Day three – I felt so much better when I woke up this morning. It was a crazy day, but productive.  In the morning, Desi was complaining about the itching.  And I was like, don’t be such a wuss.  In the afternoon, Lily was complaining about the itching and I convinced her that it’s all part of the process and that “no pain, no gain”.  And so now, with my big mouth, it’s 9.30 p.m. and I have an itch and two more days to put up with it.  But, I have done some investigation on the internet, and learned a few tricks to deal with it.

And I’ll let you know whether or not they work…


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