|I had an
accident and fell off my bike, and as you might be able to tell, my leg
got broken. See how it's sort of up in the air? Well, it's in a very strange
setup called traction so that the bone can get better and heal exactly
right. Tomorrow I won't need the traction anymore and I'll have a big cast
put on instead (for awhile). Look at my stuffed dog very carefully and
you'll be able to see what the cast will be like. My student nurse Jeff
told me that as the cast dries, it will feel very warm on my leg. Then
it will be so hard I can play drums on it. Having a cast means that I'll
be able to go home. Yippee!
Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468
updated: November 14, 2004