Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get into any packaging surrounding an "emergency glucose" item that is supposed to be for diabetics to use during a hypo?
I've have had to bite my way into pouches of gel, fight my way into tubes of glucose tabs, pound hopelessly on double-wrapped packets of jellies.
You'd think they were designed to keep us OUT of them when we're at our weakest and least able to see, feel, understand...thanks for nothing, manufacturing dudes and dudettes!!!
I learned this the hard way one night at about three a.m. when I woke up with horrific leg cramps. The last time I'd had such terrible leg cramps I was 53 mg/dl and dropping like a rock, so I thought, in my groggy agony: "OK, I'm going to treat this first and then I'll test."
I had cleverly placed several hypo-treatment choices and a bottle of water just next to my bed, so I was prepared...um...except that I couldn't get the outer wrap off of the sealed glucose tabs nor could I tear open either of the "sport" glucose gel pouches nor could I get the inner seal off of the little tube of glucose gel -- I couldn't even get the water bottle open. Aughhhhhh!!!
Juice boxes? Don't make me laugh! I can't get those open without power tools when I'm stone-cold sober at noon and my BG is 101.
Finally I just viciously tore the "sport" pouches open with my teeth, feeling a bit like a starving, angry bear rifling through some other species' campsite, being unable to understand or manipulate any of the arcane and bizarre objects therein.
I get it that "sealed is good" but USEABLE is good, too!
I wised up and now I OPEN my tubes of emergency glucose tabs (taking off TWO layers of plastic wrap) and then re-seal them with just the simple pop-off lid before I stash them around car, day-pack and house. Whew.