I have a cut on my leg. It’s my fault, I crashed on the bed the other day due to jet-lag and jumped up from the bed to use the bathroom. As I jumped, I scraped my leg on the corner of the bed table. My own stupidity….nobody else to blame. So, I did what any mature 40-year old man would do, I screamed an obscenity, wrapped my leg in toilet paper and ran down to the nearest Watson’s to buy Band-Aids.
First, I know, Band-Aid is a brand name owned by Johnson and Johnson. I use it here to mean any adhesive bandage. Band-Aids are actually very well made, and I would usually buy that brand…..if it’s available. It was not available, and I was “fortunate” enough to buy the Watson’s brand of adhesive bandage. I bought the larger size, because I was worried the smaller ones would not completely cover the wound I had created for myself. Also in my bag were some Betadyne (great stuff), some mints (no gum…it’s Singapore), Nivea lotion (I only use Nivea) and some gauze (just in case). I was covered!
When I got back home I set to work on dressing the wound. Betadyne and a Band-aid were all I needed, and I was set for the rest of the day. Now, I have to say, the Band-aid lasted all day. There was no slipping, and the wound was well-covered. However, that evening when I tried to remove it, it didn’t want to go anywhere. This things was stuck on for life. I couldn’t even get my fingernail under one corner to pry it off. I actually caused myself another injury by scraping the skin near the edge so I could get one side up to pull the damn thing off. When I pulled it off, there was definitely some skin loss. This thing was GLUED to my skin. In all, I had 2 more wounds around the first one caused by the Band-aid. This was a “too sticky” Band-aid. I realize that children move around a lot during the day when they play and whatnot, but to cause them pain in the evening when they have to remove the Band-aid from an already sensitive, wounded area, is sadistic. Band-aids are meant to cover wounds and protect them from the elements, not create new wounds, which necessitates the need for more Band-aids……ahhhh, therein lies the answer. These companies know that Band-aids are an occasional purchase. People don’t regularly buy them because who goes through an entire box that quickly? Maybe these companies are creating a market for themselves by using industrial-strength glue that they know will cause more damage and, hence, necessitate the purchase of more Band-aids. I have figured it out! Be warned, ladies and gentlemen!!