Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters wrote an excellent blog about medical i.d. today called Why aren’t you wearing your medical I.D?
I'll have to admit that I went until just last month--a full 20 months without wearing any kind of medical i.d. I really never thought much about it until I traveled to Ohio on business with my co-worker, Claudia. While we were there I realized if something happened to me, all she would be able to tell them is that I'd suffered a previous heart attack. She would never be able to tell them I have 5 stents in my LAD and that I am taking carvedilol, plavix, simvistatin and asprin.. She would never be able to tell them that I am allergic to penicillin and latex. She would never be able to give them a contact number of someone back home. Actually, if something happened to me at home, I am quite sure even my husband and children would never be able to rattle all of that off!
When we got home, I started looking for a bracelet. Most places they are so sporty and I was looking for something that was not quite so sporty. I found this great website called Lauren's Hope and I ordered the one called Cambay Cuff Stainless Steel Medical ID. The total cost with shipping was around $63.00. Check them out, they have great products and, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they are just north of the river in Riverside, MO. I really love their products!
I still intend to subscribe to Medical Alert Services as Carolyn highlighted in her blog so that I can have a more complete medical history on file. While my Lauren's Hope bracelet is wonderful and I love it, Medical Alert Services allows for a complete medical history to be available to emergency responders. It is basically your own version of an electronic medical record that they use in doctors offices and hospitals.
I know that no one ever expects to be in an emergency situation. Trust me that I couldn't believe it when I was in the ambulance. Lucky for me, I was conscious and could talk to the paramedics and to the nurses and docs on the fabulous cardiac team that was waiting for me when I arrived at the hospital. If I hadn't been, they would not have known I was allergic to latex or penicillin.
There are a whole host of diseases and reasons why you should consider medical id.
If you have never checked out Carolyn's blog, go check her out at http://myheartsisters.org/. She has great heart information!