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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 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.

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LOL on the three-year-old. Isn't that the truth?!

The thing is, if we can get aspirin bottles with those "easy open" lids for people with arthritis, why doesn't the diabetes manufacturing world figure out that plenty of us are trying to use their products while...well...impaired. Give us a break here, folks!

Oh, geez, I sympathize! I woke from a nap today with a nasty low, couldn't even see to test (even with glasses on), so had to ask my son-in-law if I had enough of a blood drop to test, then have him put the blood on the strip (shaking) LOL. The sweet young man went running out and came in with a fresh tamale he'd just gotten - what a great food for a low! I couldn't open the foil it was wrapped in, nevermind a plastic sealed thingy.

Of course I ended up at 145 1/2 hour later *sigh*. Sure was a good tamale though ;)

Well there you go. We all need someone waiting to hand us a tamale whenever we go low! Diabetes wouldn't be so bad with a helper on call, especially a helper bearing food gifts!

You're lucky to have him around. ;0)

Yes, I sure am! He manages to keep an eye on me when low without being solicitous, just caring. Fresh, home-made tamales are my new low tx of choice. Wonder if I can keep one in a steamer by my bed? LOL

I also open the tubes of glucose tablets as soon as I buy them and then just put the lid back on to stash them places. I've never had problems with them opening unintentionally.

I also use Skittles in Ziplock bags, which are easy to refill (I buy the giant packages at the supermarket) and easy to open.

These are the glucose gels I've always used, and they have a twist-off top that comes off easily (but you can't re-close them). I do find the stuff completely nasty, though, so I only use it in true emergencies (if it's all I have and/or I feel like I'm going to pass out and want something faster than glucose tablets).

Yeah, those twisty-tops look pretty easy to open, as long as you already have them out of the blister-pack, which I would in order to carry them in my bag, but OMG look at the price: $16.84!?!


Anything like that with a "cherry" flavor is nauseating to me -- it reminds me of some too-sweet cherry Christmas candies that my grandmother used to give me every year. I'm sure that's what gave me diabetes -- LOL!!! Just thinking about them makes me feel queasy.


I like keeping a "nasty" source of sugar on hand because that way I have zero temptation to abuse it when I'm not really low.


Licorice-flavored glucose tabs would be ideal for me, because only a fear of death would get me to eat anything licorice!!!


However, at these silly prices, I think I'll take up the idea someone posted on a different thread and start carrying around a ziploc baggie of plain old sugar packets. These manufacturers are really gouging us on the glucose "shots" and "gels".

I find licorice gross, too. Don't know how people can like that stuff!

That's one problem I have with Skittles, it's tempting to eat just "one or two" (yeah, right!) if I'm not low but just feel like something sweet.

The packaging industry is getting way out of hands. It's not only on meds and foods and things. Has anyone tried to open a sealed hard plastic package on some gizmo you have bought. It seems there is no way to do so without causing a near fatal injury.

Gary S

Yeah, "wrap rage" -- Stephen Colbert did a whole routine about that. The infamous "clamshell" packaging is the worst. Tens of thousands of people get injured on that hard, sharp plastic while trying to extract their purchase from it. I use heavy-duty shears and extreme caution -- guitarist and programmer, my fingers are my life.

There was an interesting article about how this packaging "discriminates against the weak" (e.g. the sick and elderly):




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