My youngest child re-injured his previously dislocated knee cap a couple of days ago attempting to do 6 backflips in a row on a trampoline!
“Mother Of The Year” here forgot to have him wear his knee brace for his “Big Air” tumbling class. (A professional snowboarder comes in and teaches the boys how to do big air tricks. They LOVE it! But don’t call it “tumbling” to their face…they will deny having anything to do with it!) ;-)
Anyhoo……..we have been doing the R.I.C.E. thing our doctored recommended (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and it occurred to me that there had to be a better way to do the icing part than with a big, bag of hard chunks of ice from an ice maker.
Guess what? There is! Shocking huh? My friend Google and I came up with dozens of “recipes” for SHAPEABLE ice packs…but they all boil down to about the same thing…..
To make your own shapeable ice pack:
- Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a ziploc bag and put in the freezer. (The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing completely.)
- When it’s frozen, wrap with a towel or cloth of some sort and apply.
That’s it! Works like a charm! Our “big air acrobat” seems to be improving nicely.
For those who like to take things to the NEXT LEVEL….you can even whip up a little pillowcase-style flannel cover for your ice pack like this one here at DisDressed. Cute huh? I doubt my son would go for the polka dots though….wonder if I can find any XBox flannel???
OR….you can even make several different sizes (for different sized boo-boos) and colors like I found at My Country Haven.
Tip: If the mixture freezes too hard, just add a little more alcohol. If it’s too slushy, add a little more water.