A young woman with big brown eyes and long straight blond hair was sitting uncomfortably on a wooden bench on the upper floor of the mall. She was very casually dressed in a short jeans skirt and a black sleeveless sweater top. Her left leg was covered with a green fiberglass cast from her toes to her hip. Her knee was molded nearly straight calling for the high-heeled sandal she was wearing on her right foot. She wasn't wearing the usual radiant smile on he pretty face.
She glanced down at her neatly polished toes wiggling at the end of her cast while asking herself if it had really been such a great idea that she went skiing six weeks ago. After all, it was not only the first day the slopes were open, but she was not really an experienced skier. She had made three runs down the less challenging slope before her confidence was up and she decided to take on the slope the locals referred to as "The Killer." She was half way down when she caught the tip of her ski on a little rock that wasn't sufficiently covered by the snow. As she began to fall, she tried to catch herself, but she felt her leg snap just below her knee. She rolled in the snow while screaming out and holding her leg in pain. She vaguely remembered being placed in the Ski Patrol's basket and taken to the bottom of the mountain.
The next memory Sunny has was waking up in the hospital with her leg in a huge white fiberglass cast. After a few days, she was given an appointment to see her doctor again, discharged from the hospital and taken home by her boyfriend. After a week her boyfriend got tire of her cast and left her alone to look after herself.
Now, just two days before Christmas here she was, wearing a fresh cast the Doctor had just put on her leg an hour before, with no boyfriend and wishing she had never heard of skiing. At least her new cast was green, a little trick her Doctor pulled on her while telling her he was giving her a Christmas cast. She had been hoping beyond hope that he would just cut her old cast off and maybe wrap her leg in an elastic bandage, but no luck. In fact, he told he that if she were lucky, she might just be out of her cast in time to wear heels to church on Easter Sunday.
She was just about ready to start crying when she looked up. She saw a male figure hobbling toward her on crutches. He was wearing shorts exposing the fact that his left leg was in a white fiberglass cast from his toes to his hip. As he got closer, she could feel her heart beginning to beat a little faster. She wasn't sure, but she thought she might recognize him as an old boyfriend. "Carl, is that you?" she called to the man.
He stopped on his crutches and looked up. "Sunny?? Sunny is that you?" he said while returning the smile that was beginning to form on her pretty face.
"Yes Carl, what happened to you?"
"Well, I was just getting ready to ask you the same thing," he chuckled.
Sunny moved her crutches and slid to the end of the bench while patting it with her right hand. "Here, Carl, sit down and tell me what happened."
Sunny could feel a warm tingling feeling developing in her lower body as she watched Carl back up to the bench, remove his crutches and set with his casted left leg sticking out in front of him. He smiled. "Skiing, that is what happened, how about you?"
Sunny giggled. "Me too. I went skiing six weeks ago, and broke my leg just below my knee."
Carl placed his hand on the nearly straight knee of his cast. "Three weeks ago for me. I broke my leg just above my ski boot."
"So, how long will you be in your cast?"? Sunny asked.
"I don't know for sure. Probably another two months."
"Wow, I wish I had your Doctor. I have already been in a cast for six weeks and my Doctor tells me to expect at least another three months."
After a few more words about their casts Carl asked, "So tell me about yourself, I mean, are you married yet?? You know, stuff like that."
Sunny lowered her eyes. "No, uh, I had a steady boyfriend until this happened," she placed her hand on the knee of her cast before continuing. "He stayed with me for a week after I got out of the hospital, then he left. He said he didn't like my cast."
"Oh, that's too bad," Carl responded. "Maybe he should have broken his leg so he would know what being in a cast is like. I mean, it isn't easy having to hobble around on crutches and?"
Sunny picked up the conversation, "Yeah, you bump into things and taking a shower is a nightmare."
Carl looked over at Sunny and said, "What if we walk down to the food court and have a burger while we are talking?"
"That would be great," she smiled.
As they were hobbling down the mall Carl began to laugh. "What's so funny?"? Sunny asked.
"Oh, I was just thinking how funny we must look bumping along on crutches with our casted legs swinging back and forth like pendulums in an old clock."
"Yeah, I guess you are right. We do make an unlikely pair."
They ordered their burgers and got a sympathetic young woman to carry them to a table for them. While eating, Carl cleared his throat. "So, your boyfriend moved out on you?"
"Uh, yes," Sunny answered. "We had sex as soon as I was feeling like it after I got home with the cast on my leg. The next day he just said he was no longer interested in me. He picked up his things and left without even saying where he was going."
"Wow, that's too bad. I guess that means you will be spending Christmas alone?"? Carl responded while placing his hand on hers.
"Uh-huh, I guess so."? Sunny continued to think while they ate. When they were almost finished she said, "Uh, Carl, uh, what are you doing for Christmas?? Uh, I mean, I guess I should have asked you first if you had a girlfriend."
He smiled while reaching for her hand. "No Sunny, no girlfriend. Uh, I haven't had a steady since we broke up a year ago."
"? Oh," Sunny sat in silence. Finally, she got the courage to continue. "Well, uh, how would you like to spend Christmas with me?? I mean, well, maybe we could get dressed up and go out for Christmas dinner at a nice restaurant, then maybe we could come back to my place for a drink and maybe watch a movie or something."
"Sunny, you are a mind reader. That is exactly what I had wanted to suggest, but I was afraid that you might turn me down."
After a few minutes more of awkward conversation while finishing their burgers, Sunny said, "I have to run, uh, I mean, I have to (giggle) do some shopping so I will see you at about one in the afternoon on Christmas Day. Oh and, maybe you can wear a coat and tie and I will dress up a little. I don't know about you, but I think it will be fun to play dress-up since I haven't even put on a dress since this happened."
They both stood and placed their crutches under their arms. Without either of them saying anything, they both reached out or embraced. While hugging, Sunny said, "See ya on Christmas."
Sunny could feel her heart beating faster as she watched Carl hobble away on his crutches. She began to take a mental inventory of her clothes hanging in her closet. She had a nice red dress that would look very Christmas-e, but there was that green cast. After a few minutes of thought, she had an idea. She walked down the mall to a hosiery store and asked the clerk if she had any nylon stockings that matched the green in her cast.
The day before Christmas Sunny could feel herself becoming aroused each time her mind drifted to Carl. She wasn't sure why he was so attractive to her but then, she had never known him with his leg in a cast.
Christmas morning Sunny put her cast in a plastic bag and took a shower to include freshly shaving her right leg. She put on a pair of red panties with a matching red bra and garterbelt. She sat on the edge of the bed and slowly worked the toe of her green nylon stocking over her short, freshly polished toes. She pulled the stocking over the high arch of her small foot, past her soft, rounded heel and up her shapely calf. She extended her leg in the air while pulling the top of her stocking over her knee and to the top of her velvet smooth upper thigh before attaching it to the garters. She rested her leg beside her cast and wished she could have done that to her left leg also, but the cast was there and she couldn't do a thing about it. She put on a white blouse with long sleeves and left the top buttons undone exposing the cleavage between her large, rounded breasts. She slipped into her red skirt, which extended nearly to her ankles, but a slit on the left side exposed her cast almost all the way to the top of her soft white upper leg above her fiberglass prison. Before she sat back on the edge of the bed to slip a three-inch heeled red pump on her small foot, she put on a red jacked that matched the skirt. When she was finished dressing she stood on her crutches in front of a mirror and smiled. "I sure hope this turns Carl on," she said to herself.
aren sat nervously on the exam table in the emergency room looking at the splint on her left leg. The Doctor walked in nonchalantly. He had an arrogance to him, Karen could tell he though a lot of himself.Well you do have a fracture young lady, the good thing is it is not displaced so this should be fairly easy to take care of.
Karen?s friend Michelle was sitting next to her holding her hand, she gave it a gentle squeeze as if to say ?it?s ok, I?m right here with you. Karen smiled at her, Michelle had no way of knowing that Karen was extremely happy with that news.
A nurse came in pushing a cart Karen knew was full of casting supplies. Finally, she would get a cast. The doctor began removing the splint from Karen?s leg.Ever had a cast before?? He asked, not really sounding at all like he really cared. Karen shook her head, ?No.
She thought back to when her sister broke her leg. Karen was 8 and Katie was 12. She remembered how her dad had carried her in the house, her leg covered in snow white plaster, and carefully set her on the couch. Her mother running around, propping pillows under the cast, getting her anything she wanted. Karen did not even feel like a part of the family, all anyone talked about or cared about was poor Katie and her leg. She got presents, visits from friends and family, she got so much attention. Karen wanted to be the one with the broken leg.
Then there was her friend in Middle School. Same thing, she gets a cast and all of a sudden she is like the only one who matters. She was not exactly popular to start with, then she comes to school in a cast and she?s instantly the most popular girl in the class. Again Karen wanted to be the girl with the cast and crutches.
Somewhere in that timeframe Karen obtained an odd yearning to break her leg. Now, it was a reality.
The nurse cut a length of stockenett and handed it to the doctor.Karen was still reminiscing and in aw of the fact that she was getting a cast put on, The doctor had applied the stockenett and was about finished with the padding when Karen?s excitement was dashed. She realized that the stockenett only came to her knee, A SLC is good, but a LLC is what she longed for.
?Will the cast go to just my knee?? Karen asked trying to sound excited by that observation.
?Well the fracture is a little high on the tibia for a short leg cast, but seeing as it is not displaced I think we should be able to get away with it if you are careful. Of coarse there will be no weight bearing on it, I?m afraid you will be on crutches for the duration.
Karen?s mind raced, she was so close to getting a LLC, how could she get him to change his mind without looking obvious?
She remembered an article she had read one time in a nursing book about how a doctor tested to see if a SLC was effective for certain fractures. He would cast the leg up to the knee, then he would gently move the knee through some range of motions, if the patient experienced any pain, he would extend the cast up to a long leg cast.
OK, she told herself, lets see how your acting skills are.
?Do you have a color preference?? the nurse asked. The Doctor gave the nurse a dirty look. Karen assumed either he thought he was supposed to be the one who asked or he thought he should get to choose.
?Pink. Michelle answered for her.That is so cool. She smiled at Karen. Karen nodded her approval and the doctor retrieved the pink fiberglass and began wrapping her cast.
Karen was a nervous wreck as the doctor finished her cast and the nurse gently set it on a pillow on the bed. It was just about ?show time? and she had to make this work. After the nurse had cleaned up a bit she left the room and returned with her crutches. Karen liked the sound of that.Her crutches. She would have to have ?her crutches? all the time now. The nurse asked her if she was ready to try them out, she answered, "I guess so". The Nurse gently lifted her cast and Karen turned as directed and swung her cast over the side of the bed. As the nurse lowered her left leg Karen let out a scream that made everyone in the room jump.
"OH MY GOD!!" Karen screamed, "Oh God that hurts!!"
The doctor who had been filling out papers at a desk across the room was now at her side. What?? How?? I don't understand how there can be that much pain now. He said looking embarrassed.Maybe it was just the blood flow returning, wait a bit then try getting up on the crutches again, it should be fine.
After a few minuets the nurse asked if she was ready to try again. Karen nodded and took the crutches, she got off the bed and stood up, this was followed by another scream of pain.Oh!!! Oh, it hurts!? she sobbed, ?I can feel the bones moving. she immediately sat back down on the bed. Her past acting experience was paying off as she got into the scene. She had even worked up some tears and was moaning in the intense ?pain? caused by trying to get up on crutches. She looked up at the people in the room to see if her act was being received the way she intended. Michelle and the nurse looked terrified, they looked at her with pity and then looked at the doctor like he was an idiot. The pompous doctor had no pity in his eyes, he had anger. He was no longer embarrassed, he was insulted.
?Well then? he said in a sarcastic tone, I guess I must have been wrong, a short leg cast is not going to be adequate is it?? He walked up to Karen who looked at him with teary eyes.Nurse, prepare the supplies for a long leg cast please.
Karen kept up the act she was doing so well with. With the announcement of the full leg cast she began sobbing uncontrollably. Everyone in the room saw a young girl devastated by the prospect of being put into a full leg cast, though, inside her, was a very happy girl.
The doctor saw no pity however, all he felt was embarrassment and resentment, and he did not take lightly being made a fool.
A cast saw was produced and soon the beautiful pink cast was lying in a heap in the trashcan. He pulled Karen?s gown up over her hips with no consideration for her modesty at all. The nurse had cut a new piece of stockenett and handed it to the perturbed doctor. He took it and unrolled it, looked at Karen?s leg then the stockenett, and the wadded it up and through it in the trash on top of the first cast. The doctor angrily grabbed the roll of stockenett and pulled off a very long piece and cut it off. He worked hastily as he soon had the stockenett pulled all the way up, her leg padded, and was wrapping roll after roll of fiberglass over it. There was offer to choose a color this time, it was the old plain white stuff. The room was silent as no one dared say anything to further upset the doctor. The nurse dutifully followed his barked out orders, occasionally glancing at Karen to see how she was taking this.
Karen could not believe what was happening. The angry doctor was making her dream come true. In the Doctor?s strange way of vengeance he had wrapped this cast much tighter than the last. It held her foot at a right angle and her knee was bent about 45 degrees. As he continued wrapping the cast up her thigh, Karen, as well as the nurse and Michelle watched in amazement as he kept wrapping to the very top of her thigh.
The doctor finished Karen?s massive cast, peeled off his gloves and sarcastically said, ?There now, that should hold it, eh? Nurse, show Ms. Roberts how to get around on crutches and make her an appointment in two weeks in my office. He glanced at Karen, and then at the excessive cast he had put her in, then turned and left the room.
The nurse did not say anything that would acknowledge that the doctor had done anything unacceptable; she couldn't if she wanted to keep her job, but her expression apologized over and over again. She helped Karen up onto her new crutches and gave her some instruction on using them. The cast felt very restricting to her, her toes could not reach the ground with her knee bent the way it was, and the cast was so high on her thigh it even interfered with the movement of her hip. It was incredible, she loved it.
With great difficulty Michelle got Karen into her car and got her home. Michelle agreed to stay with her as long as she needed while she was recovering. Karen loved the attention she gave her, propping her up on the sofa, adjusting several pillows under her cast, she was willing to do anything to make Karen?s time stuck in that cast more bearable.