So a few weeks back I was blogging about Calebs accident and posting photos of the lil guy in his cast, when I had a nice gentleman leave a comment showing his concern for Caleb and wishing him well while in his cast. He then went onto suggest a product for me called the CastCooler. I went ahead and checked out the site with an open mind, after reading the stories and the testimonies I seriously thought this might be something I would be interested in purchasing. I was hesitant to click on the purchase button fearing the "price of medical equipment" would be to high for me to even consider buying it. I was plesantly surprised at the very low cost and decided to give it a try. BOY am I glad that I did.
Caleb is a non-verbal 4 year old child with Autism, Down Syndrome and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. I knew he was in pain or discomfort just by his actions and body language but I didn't know exactly what was going on with him. I read about the Cast Cooler and decided that it was worth a try. In all honesty I thought I was going to buy this product and never be able to even use it on Caleb as he's not much for being right near the sweeper when its running. The first time I put the cast cooler on him, I did just that. I put it on and we talked about it. The next time, I explained to him that I was going to try to help him with his boo boo. He looked confused but he permitted me to put the sweeper on the attachment. It was amazing his reaction, I was thrilled that the reviews that I read on the CastCooler site were actually happening right here in my own living room. He looked relieved, he was not scared, he had such a nice relaxed smile going on that I had to capture it with a photo. Below is his reaction:
The cast is made of a very porous material, the cast cooler and the sweeper actually circulated the air from inside the cast and provided Caleb with some relief from the itching and it kept the cotton inside dry. It also sucked the odor out and kept him smelling fresh like for the 8 weeks he kept the cast on. We the cast was cut off today I was anxious to see if it was smelly or not. It was NOT!! Other than the little bit of urine that gathered in the diaper area that could not have been helped, it just had a slight body odor scent, nothing terrible like some of the stories I've heard before.
If you or anyone you know breaks a bone in the future (I hope not) I would recommend the CastCooler!! I will be storing this away in a safe place for future use. With five children, I'm certain that one day or another we may need to use this again.