My turn: In need of better Band-Aids

Argen Duncan

Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid.

I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion.

Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my finger and went back to the onion. A minute or two later, I stabbed my thumb.

It’s not uncommon for me to be insufficiently careful and coordinated with knives, but two cuts in a minute is bad even for me.

Then there are the bandages.

An adhesive bandage helped with a persistently bleeding cut, until I washed my hands.

I can hold a bandaged finger out of the water a time or two, but eventually the bandage gets wet and comes off. Plus, it may harbor interesting germs, especially if I’ve handled meat.

I went through multiple bandages that night. Still, dinner tasted fine, and the body heals itself.

Let’s take something from my cutting-edge experience:

• Unexpected pains are part of life, but something good can come afterward.

• Watch where your knife is.

• If life gives you cut fingers, make it into a column.