Medic Alert

Posted by jodeej @jodeej, Aug 12, 2018

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".
Blessings,
JoDee

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I hadn’t thought about one but I think I will get one AFTER my transplant. There seems to be so much to do! House/cat sitter, clothes to pack, visit Trans House, get house clean before I go go down, etc….
How do you all manage getting ready?

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@judyth

I hadn’t thought about one but I think I will get one AFTER my transplant. There seems to be so much to do! House/cat sitter, clothes to pack, visit Trans House, get house clean before I go go down, etc….
How do you all manage getting ready?

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@judyth I made a list of what needed done and just worked on one or two things a day. First and foremost I had our bag packed for the call. Every few weeks I'd go through it and change what clothes were in it depending on the weather. I also had a list of last minute things to put in the suitcase, like meds and etc. We were lucky in that we had church friends and family that dog sat for us. It all falls into place.
Blessings,
JoDee

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@jodeej and @judyth I lived close enough to my hospital (@ 55 miles) that I knew my husband would be back and forth so I was able to just pack the essentials, and things that it would be too difficult to explain to my husband, like facial products, etc. Of course I never ended up using them anyway! We have no pets and our children are adults out on their own so none of that was a concern. Judy, how far are you from your transplant center? That of course makes a big difference.
Jodee is right, it all falls into place. As I have mention in other postings, I never did get my journal packed and my husband could not find it. That is my one regret, that I didn't have it there in the hospital to record everything because I was sort of drugged up a lot so my memories are vague or non-existent.
JK

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@judyth

I hadn’t thought about one but I think I will get one AFTER my transplant. There seems to be so much to do! House/cat sitter, clothes to pack, visit Trans House, get house clean before I go go down, etc….
How do you all manage getting ready?

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@judyth, Yes, there is so much to do, and I know from my own experience that your head must be spinning. Be assured that you are not alone in the confusion and stress of the pre-planning.
Here are some conversations that I want to share with you. I invite you to join into the conversations- just jump right in. You are welcome anytime/anywhere! You will meet others who are going thru the same thing. Don't be put off by the designation of Liver or Kidney – It is all about getting ready!

-Kidney transplant – The Journey from the Donor's Side.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kidney-transplant-from-the-donor-side/
-Are there any other pre-liver transplant caregivers out there?
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/are-there-any-other-pre-liver-transplant-caregivers-out-there/
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@contentandwell

@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.
JK

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@contentandwell

Back in the day, 50 years ago a gold bracelet was $24.00, a silver $9.00 and stainless $6.00. Of course gold was $35.00 an once not $1200.00 like today. About 5-7 years ago MedicAlert bracelets were $1900-$2100. But gold was $1,900.00 too. Gold is very durable but like silver it also tarnishes. I take mine to the office and let them clean mine since I live close by. I have cleaned it a couple times but not with polish. I put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the sink, boiled some water and add some salt and pour it on the foil and dropped my bracket in and the tarnish vanishes
instantly. Works great, no fuss no mess. Try it, you’ll be amazed.

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@rosemarya

@gingerw, I hope that you, your husband, and I never need to use it!

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I also hope no one needs their MedicAlert ID’s. I needed mine many times. I was found in the street, peoples yards, malls, stores and sporting events to name a few. MedicAlert saved my life many times and probably kept me out of jail. Police often assume seizure patients in a post-ictal state are either drunk or on drugs.
Jake

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@contentandwell

@jodeej and @judyth I lived close enough to my hospital (@ 55 miles) that I knew my husband would be back and forth so I was able to just pack the essentials, and things that it would be too difficult to explain to my husband, like facial products, etc. Of course I never ended up using them anyway! We have no pets and our children are adults out on their own so none of that was a concern. Judy, how far are you from your transplant center? That of course makes a big difference.
Jodee is right, it all falls into place. As I have mention in other postings, I never did get my journal packed and my husband could not find it. That is my one regret, that I didn't have it there in the hospital to record everything because I was sort of drugged up a lot so my memories are vague or non-existent.
JK

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We are about 80 miles from Rochester. Takes about 1.5 hours to drive. My husband no longer drives so he won’t be back and forthing it! I still need to visit Trans House and that will probably give me a better idea too.

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