Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Plasters

Why are plasters so difficult to unwrap? When one of my digits is pouring blood it requires rapid enclosure in something that will absorb the flow even if it won't staunch it. A firm covering will also stop a cut or graze hurting so much. Struggling to extricate a plaster from its packing is difficult when one digit, usually an index finger, is wrapped in tissue to stop blood dripping everywhere. If more fingers have been damaged it is nearly impossible to withdraw the dressings from their protective envelopes without wasting half the plasters in the box and covering the rest in blood, not to mention the mess created in the surrounding local area – destroyed plasters, bits of wrapping, dollops of unguent, tissues.

Savlon and plasters are very efficient overnight healers of split thumbs but extracting a plaster with split thumbs is agonising. Such small but deep fissures are extraordinarily painful and tussling with intractable wrappings only makes them hurt more.
I know that the plasters are sealed to keep them sterile but I sometimes think the manufacturers are thumbing their noses at me and telling me I should have been more careful (and they're probably right!) I've tried many different brands and modes of sticking plaster but all of them, for me at least, are equally challenging. It's adding insult to injury when I end up almost weeping with frustration and pain – okay, not life-threatening, insurmountable pain so maybe discomfort would be a better description – because I can't plaster my poor hurting thumbs.

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