Bandage woes are only a ‘me problem’ it seems

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As I get older my fingers don’t seem as nimble as they once were and I find myself struggling to button shirt cuffs; holding small nails without hitting my fingers with a hammer; and punching the keyboards on a cell phone or computer. However, one of my biggest problems comes from those doggone little adhesive bandages. As you probably know, I use a lot of those quick patches because many of my handyman adventures still continue to go sour.
Over the years adhesive bandage manufactures have gone from the simple plastic patch to new advanced multi-sized antibacterial coated bandages now incased in descriptive knuckle or fingertip flexible fabrics. New technology has advanced the adhesive bandage to currently tout what manufactures advertise as “superior protection, 4-sided seal, thinner, breathable and stretchable.” Why even today’s adhesive bandage has an option of antibacterial triple pad technology with a pain-free non-stick film.
It’s puzzling to me those same manufacturers who are full of new technological ideas, have failed to come up with an adhesive bandage that is convenient to unwrap and be placed on a “hurt” by individuals whose fingers can’t “do the walking” like they once did.
I recognize in an effort to keep the bandages sterile, the wrapper must be sealed. But, does the bandage have to be sealed in a package that takes both hands to open?
In my case, a hand injury is my most frequent injury. A hand injury frequently compounds the problem by making the unwrapping of the bandage a one-handed operation that generally resulted in a wrinkled, unusable patch and had me reaching for another. Several times after a few minutes of my struggling to open an enclosed bandage the idea crossed my mind that a guy could bleed to death before he got his wound covered.
If manufactures can come up with an easy opening pill bottle for arthritis suffers, it would seem it wouldn’t be too difficult to produce an easy opening sterile bandage wrapper. But, wait a minute -- I even have a difficult time opening one of those safety oriented “line-up the arrows” pill bottles!
In retrospect, I now think this is not a national problem. The real problem is just me.
We’ve been told old people shouldn’t eat health food. They need all the preservatives they can get.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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