Considering my job as an adventure journalist – and this year’s multitude of trips, from snow skiing in Colorado to rafting the Grand Canyon and scuba diving in French Polynesia – it’s ironic that my only injury came when I bashed my shin into a coffee table at my sister’s house near Fort Worth.
That took me briefly to my knees, but since I didn’t crack any bones or bleed profusely, it counts as a minor setback. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to test out some special waterproof bandages.
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DrySee makes bandages with liquid detecting technology. If the narrow perimeter band or the interior pad gets wet, it turns blue. That means it’s time to change it.
I can see all sorts of uses for the product.
DrySee bandages are marketed to folks who’ve had medical procedures – a spot removed by a dermatologist, for example – and need to know if they’re contaminating their wound.
As a swimmer, I found it handy, too. The DrySee bandage survived my daily dunk in the pool for swim practice.
The product comes in three sizes – 2-inch or 4-inch squares, or a 5-inch by 10-inch rectangle. A box of six small bandages sells for $19.95 at www.drysee.com.