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I'm just curious how many of you wear medic alerts since your transplants? I've talked with my husband about it but he's reluctant too wear anything. I think it's because he doesn't want to wear "jewelry".
@jodeej I do not wear any medic alert jewelry. It was never suggested to me and thinking about it, I figure if I was not conscious they would see that giant scar on my abdomen and figure that I had a transplant — either that or a shark bit me.
@contentandwell if anyone asks, go with shark bite. 😉
I'm thinking more about medications than the surgery. We will see what he thinks after the first year is up and it's time to renew the online. I think a medication card in his wallet will be good.
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@jodeej since I have worn a 2 piece bathing suit in my life, I doubt anyone will see it, thankfully.
My medications are of course listed on the portals for my local hospital and MGH so hopefully I or someone would be able to relay that info.
I like the idea of a medication card in my wallet, I may do that.
Check out Laurenshope.com
They have some nifty med ID prouducts for men women and children
I have a blank medic alert bracelet that I carry with me unfortunately here in Eau Claire WI. It's hard to find someone to inscribe heart transplant patient on it as it's not silver or gold so if I am able to tell someone if something should happen I tell them I a heart transplant patient as for wearing the bracelet it is to big and falls off my hands and wrist are so tiny and I don't wear necklaces so the bracelet it is
I talked to my "favorite" firefighter today. He explained to me his experience as a First Responder.
-As a professional firefighter with EMT training and certification, his role is to treat accident victims until the ambulance and medics arrive (matter of minutes) Mostly they work to stop bleeding, open airways… They only carry only a few medications. Then the EMT takes over and transport patient to the nearest trauma center. (usually 4 minutes away for his district) So it would be the trauma team who would be checking the medical ID's – if the patient is unconscious, or unable to communicate or alone with no one to speak for them. He said that the EMT's might need to check information if there is a long transport (rural areas) or if there is an airlift transport.
-He said that the EMT training manual does include information about the neck or bracelet IDs.
-Firefighters and EMT's will NOT go thru someone's purse or wallet. But , they do send the purse along to the trauma center with the patient.
We are all different. We all have different needs. This is his experience, and his department's standard of practice. It might give you some ideas to consider.
If it’s metal it can be engraved. Doesn’t it have a chain?
@jakedduck1, yes it's stainless steel and yes it has a chain but here in Eau Claire most of the stores don't engrave things anymore and the jeweler's here want a lot of money per letter because it's stainless steel but I do carry it around and plan on getting or making a card for me to carry with also
That’s very sad to hear. That’s such a terrible illness. My cousin had it. He’s no longer with us. Sadly my cousins ALS progressed quickly and as his writing abilities were almost gone he picked a date for the respirator to be turned off. The famous Astrophysicist Steven Hawkins lived 55 years, longer than anyone with it.
My thoughts and prayers are you and your husband and family.
If you choose a card in your wallet also list your medications Name of your doctor, phone number any allergies, insurance information, letter from your doctor if you have a transplant, all medical conditions, blood type etc.
I have been a member of MedicAlert for 50 years. MedicAlert is the only medical ID organization I know of that has data storage. I have my meds, advance directive, power of attorney and various medical records on file with them. They have nearly 100 different ID’s to choose from. Various materials including stainless steel, silver, gold, rubber, silicon, leather, material, beads. Downside is yearly fee is a bit steep.
MedicAlert also has keychains, dog tags, armbands and shoe tags. A few more options in case the one for hubbie doesn’t work.
If your bracelet is sterling silver you can send it back to be cleaned free. I just take mine, I live close by.
@jakedduck1 If your bracelet is sterling, can't you just clean it yourself with a good silver cleaner? I generally do unless I really destroy the finish by forgetting to take something off when I am in the chlorinated pool.
For those of you who have had transplants and wear these bracelets, what do you put on them, just "liver transplant patient"? If I do choose to get one I would like gold since I spend a lot of time in the pool but solid gold sure is pricey. I don't believe that gold-filled lasts long if wearing constantly, I've never had it.
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