By Diaschm Latest Reply 2011-08-03 21:36:34 -0500
Started 2011-07-15 16:38:01 -0500

I think anyone who has a chronic illness such as Diabetes should wear a medical alert tag, either a necklace,braclet or watch. When you sign up with MEDIC ALERT you list your medications, contact doctors, contact persons such as your power of health attorney in case of a emergency. You should choose a alert tag that you can wear all the time. One time I went with a advocate group to my state capital and tripped fell and hit my head and was knocked out concious. An ambulance was called and I was transported to the nearest hospital. By the time I got to the emergency room the doctors had all my information and even though I could not give them the information I was safe because I wore a medic alert necklace around my neck. I now tell everone to register with a Medic Alert group. It just may save your life!! They are there 24 hours a day , 7 days a week and will tell your complete information to the paramedics and emergency room doctors who need to know to give you the correct care that will save you!!

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Pamtime 2011-08-03 21:26:07 -0500 Report

I carry a small USB device on my key ring with my medical info, thinking about should add some kind of way for medical to recognize it is for emergencies.

jayabee52 2011-08-03 21:36:34 -0500 Report

look at my july 15 post. There is a link there which takes you to the flash drive bracelet I wear on my left wrist. (medicalhistory bracelet) That has a medical symbol on it, so EMTs should recognize it as something to which they should pay attention, especially if I am unable to speak.

Harlen 2011-07-15 20:52:28 -0500 Report

Hello I use a USB it has all my info on it and will work on any comp
Has a print on it that seys Mes alert
it works for me and I only pay for it one time and yes I update it my saelf
best wishes

JoleneAL 2011-07-15 20:44:25 -0500 Report

I'm glad you had a good experience with them, but not everyone will. And I agree with Jay - the price is out of reach for a lot of people who are struggling to simply pay for their medications. I have an ICE program on my Blackberry with all my information on it. There is a card in my wallet with my conditions and doctor's information, and when I travel out of town, I wear a bracelet. I'm thinking of getting the one Jay speaks about though.

Right now we are fighting with a life alert type company because they keep calling us about someone having fallen, or an alarm has gone off and when we call them back to let them know they had the wrong number - they hang up on us. Trust me, they won't be the people we use for my MIL when she goes home.

jayabee52 2011-07-15 18:14:09 -0500 Report

I agree we people with chronic conditions need a way to let the first responders know what they need to know in order to render the most effective aid they can. The medic Alert is a time honored way to do that. And for those of us whose medical situation is relatively stable it works very well. However the fee for that service per year is what keeps many from doing it ($39.95 initially, $35.00 yr thereafter). I know it has kept me from doing it in the past. Updating for new or changing medical conditions can also be a hassle. The Medic Alert Foundation may be found here:

Now I have a USB flash drive bracelet which can be used on any PC or Mac to plug into the computer's USB port which can give the first responder my complete medical history, allergies, contact information and other necessary information. I wear it on my left wrist. You can find this at:

Chrisiine 2011-07-16 15:50:26 -0500 Report

THANK YOU i HAVE ALERT FOR AROUND THE HOUSE BUT IF I'm in town 15 miles I need something like this I'll check into getting one thank a lot I fall a lot