Stock the First Aid Kit: A Giveaway

Heather says:

Those of you who don’t know me may be surprised to learn I am a total spaz. I trip over my own feet. I crash into doorways in my own home. I’m generally a mess. My eldest seems to be following my footsteps and recently learned to ride his bike without training wheels. I’m in caught in the moment of being insanely proud, but cringing as I wait for that first trip to the ER to set a bone. Recently I was contacted by the fine folks at ABC Gauze -bear with me, I know this is just riveting- to review one of their products. I thought for sure I’d have an opportunity to completely test drive the product with the rate my family has been tearing through bandages.

You do know that fate mocks me, right?

My husband sliced his finger cutting a plum an hour before our samples arrived. He was fine, I was annoyed. Since the 2 2″x2″ samples arrived last week there hasn’t been a scratch in this house. It’s downright eerie.

Still, the concept of these cellulose insta-scabs intrigued me and since I don’t actually want anyone in my family to hurt themselves, I tried out my sample with water. Β The packets are easy to open and you place the square over the wound. Done. The material is sticky enough when damp to stay in place and washes off with water. No more pulling out hair to remove a bandage.

The second square is going in my first aid kit until the product arrives in retail stores. Unfortunately at the moment, it’s only available through their website.

ABC GauzeThe good news is one of our audience members won’t have to wait. We’re giving away a package of ABC Gauze including:

(3) 1″x1″
(2) 2″x2″
(1) 2″x4″ bandages.

Simply comment before 9pm Eastern, Sunday August 23, 2009 to enter. For an additional chance tweet or post about our giveaway and place the link of your tweet, blog post, or message board posting for an additional entry. Each individual may have up to 4 entries.

The winner will be selected by random drawing. This giveaway is limited to US residents.

Good luck!


  1. Danielle on August 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Lord have Mercy, you sound as bad as myself. I recently accidently surprised a man at work who happened to have his box cutter in hand, effectively slicing my pinky clean open (it was cool, do you have any idea how many fat cells live in your pinky?), then went on to get Swimmer’s itch in the beginning of August and a now a full blown case of poison ivy!

    The military has long had similar little patches and I can assure you, they work wonderfully!

  2. Cherri Wilson on August 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I just got 12 stitches in my hand and would love to try these!

  3. Gene Bowker on August 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Everyone needs to have a good first aid kit. Especially with the hurricane season being here.

  4. Carla Pullum on August 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Wow count me in this is a must have around the house!

  5. knitaddict on August 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    That might be good 2 try, since I’m allergic to the adhesive in band-aids.

  6. Joy Jackson on August 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I just happened upon your blog in a search for a tomato pie recipe. I can’t wait to explore it more!

  7. Kari C. on August 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I would love to enter your giveaway. We have four kids, so “boo-boos” are frequent around here. Thanks.

  8. Angela Holland on August 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!! With 2 small kids we are always getting bumps and bruises.

  9. Regina on August 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for a great giveaway!

  10. andrea on August 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

    So is the idea that it just stays in place until your body forms a real scab and then the product washes off?

  11. kv on August 23, 2009 at 1:21 am

    what a wonderful idea! great for kids and me! I’m always cutting myself …

  12. Renee Epps on August 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    This sounds like an incredibly cool product. Hadn’t heard of it till you spotlighted it. Thanks!!

  13. Tammy C on August 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Please pick me!!!

  14. Christina on August 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    This would be great. I am always looking for ways to improve the family first aid kit.

  15. Stacy on August 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I would put that in my first aid supplies in my classroom.

  16. Patty on August 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, these would be great for my dad. He’s on Plavix, and the skin on his arms peels off if you just look at him funny. Then he bleeds and bleeds and bleeds …

    He can’t use bandages because the adhesive tears more skin off. So he uses – are you ready? – masking tape.

    Thanks for the heads up, even if I don’t win!

  17. Kate on August 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    What a neat idea. Thanks for such a handy giveaway!

  18. Tonya on August 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

    We are 1 family who definitely can use this.We look at a wall,knowing it is there,walk by it the first time fine.When we are coming back to where we started from,BAM,we run right into the wall.It’s not like the wall moved,lol:)

  19. Rechelle on August 21, 2009 at 10:24 am

    as a fellow klutz, I could totally test those babies out- if I can cut myself slicing, burn myself cooking or run into a wall a good 8″ inches from the doorway- well- just thank goodness we live VERY close to the hospital…….

  20. Carye on August 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    You are so NOT a klutz! You are just very busy and move very fast. Here’s hoping hubby’s finger heals fast.

  21. Angela on August 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I too have one of those families and we work hard to keep those bandage factories a float. Ours has also included many ER visits, but that is another story. Those do look really cool and the biggest trouble is getting them off with out the screech of pain.

  22. PR on August 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sounds like a innovative product and definitely worth a try. Many thanks for sending this our way!

  23. Chele on August 21, 2009 at 8:14 am

    And I tweeted @CheleChestnut

  24. Chele on August 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Haha… sounds like my life. When I need something to happen it doesn’t… when I am all out… that’s when it happens! I would love to try this with 4 kids I am bound to be able to try it in the near future! πŸ™‚

  25. Lucy on August 21, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I spent decades as the clumsiest person everyone knew – turned out to be a thyroid disorder (I kid you not) and now I’m just an ordinary klutz.

  26. Jenny C. on August 21, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Your not alone. I think it comes from trying to get there and nor paying attention to what you need to go thrue.

  27. Lindsey on August 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I am always updating my first aid kit. πŸ™‚

  28. Leann on August 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Cant wait to try them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. moonablaze on August 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    oooh, that looks perfect for me! I am forever slicing my fingers on kitchen knifes and xactos, and stabbing myself with sewing needles.

  30. Sara on August 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I get paper cuts at work all the time. If my boss is ever silly enough to ask me to ship books, I cut myself on the tape thingies. Those suckers hurt, especially the industrial ones we use.

  31. blossomteacher on August 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    These sound awesome! And the first week of school, I always get an annoying paper cut or something, too πŸ™‚

  32. ThatBobbieGirl on August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    My son is the one who gets hurt all the time, so I’d most likely be using these on him. There is a reason I used to call him DangerBoy. (He’s 16 now and doesn’t care for that so much)

    I used to be a spaz, Heather, so I feel your pain. One year (the worst ever) I severed the tendons in one finger, got rear-ended by a semi, fell out of the shower and gashed my leg open – then on the day I got those stitches out, I fell and broke my arm while roller-skating. That’s just the major stuff. I think that year got the klutziness mostly out of my system and i hardly ever have an accident now. So….maybe this isn’t a lull and you’ve worked out your bad mojo? One can hope πŸ™‚

  33. Katie R on August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Maybe this is a better way to keep a bandage on my husband! He hates that pulling adhesive off skin feeling so he refuses to use them. I just want to keep things from getting infected!

  34. Melinda on August 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Please enter me. I have a daredevil of a child and I think I could probably use this. Thanks.


  35. Mieke on August 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds great! I’m in!

  36. julianne on August 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Neat product.

  37. Need A Nap2 on August 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Washes off with water?? Awesome! Please enter me.

  38. Brandy on August 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Wow – that is cool. I bet it hurts a lot less than the super glue some guys I know use!

  39. carriem on August 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    What a useful giveaway! Kudos–can’t wait to bandage someone up.

  40. Chrissy on August 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Keep the posts coming, this site is so fun and practical!