Is anyone carrying a health card?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-04-03 07:24:59 -0500
Started 2010-03-24 11:15:44 -0500

I recently joined the Portrait Health program ( I pay $14.95/month and received a card in the mail that allows me to keep an online record of my emergency medical information if I ever have an emergency event. They automatically call my husband if I am found unconscious. I am a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic. Am I being too paranoid?

10 replies

jimLE 2013-04-03 07:24:59 -0500 Report

no to paranoid…but i dont think you have to pay money to have the info on hand. might try what robbibird does..carry a computer print out of all of your medications, why you take them, who prescribed them to you, who to contact in an emergency and list of all of your doctors names and phone numbers. nameing the doctor they should contact first.and maybe keep that in a small zip lock baggie with a label on it,with diabetic printed on it.that way who ever is helping you will know to open it and look at it..

JSJB 2012-11-21 16:45:22 -0600 Report

I agree with duke, why pay to have your information on a card. There are many less expensive ways to tell people of you condition if you are in an accident. That money can be put towards your medications.

jayabee52 2012-11-21 17:51:54 -0600 Report

most of us carry cell phones with us. On my cell phone I have #1ICE (in case of emergency) and my son's phone number programmed so it is right at the top of the contact list. If I had another name I would then program #2ICE with that person's phone # in it. That way if I am unconscious the EMTs have a number or two to call.

duke4268 2010-10-17 09:22:47 -0500 Report

You don't need to pay for this service. You can have that information on your driver's license. I had a car accident for the first time in 40 years. Luckily no one was heart. But they found my driver's license and contacted my wife in the middle of the night. Just have a bracelet on you identifying you have diabetes and contact your driver's license to put that information for free. You're wasting your money.

Robbibird3 2010-04-22 18:10:47 -0500 Report

No you aren't being paranoid. I don't carry the card you spoke of but I do carry a computer print out of all of my medications, why I take them, who prescribed them, who to contact in an emergency and list all of my doctors names and phone numbers. It is in my purse at all times and gets updated regularly. I have several medical problems that lead to a sedentary lifestyle and a Social Security Supplemental Income. So if I'm ever in the position where I cannot speak for myself those printouts speak loudly.

MAYS 2010-03-24 18:41:15 -0500 Report

No you are not being too paranoid, not when it comes to your health and safety, it's better to be safe than sorry !

Here is something that may be of interest to you :

This discussion that I started months ago may interest you as well as this video on USB Medic Alert devices used to store your medical information as well as your photo and emergency contact info, nearly all EMS, Law Enforcement and Medical units now carry and utilize computers so your USB Medical Alert Information can store much more information than a standard card, bracelet or necklace can.
I never leave the house or travel without mine and I recommend their use to everyone for identification purposes from small children to senior citizens and everyone in between !

Be safe, continue thinking this way and enjoy life !


GabbyPA 2010-03-24 17:55:51 -0500 Report

NOPE! You are not being paranoid, you are taking charge of your situation. If anything should happen, you want them to treat you properly. Too often, diabetes can be mistaken for being drunk. That can be disasterous. I do believe in having a card or something that people can read or see visually as well. That gives them the first indication. Our car has a sticker on it, and we carry our list with us. I currently need to replace my bracelet, but my mom has hers. More flags they see, the better chance you have of being treated for what you need.
Don't forget to carry your glucose tabs or gel with you too. Good Job!

Harlen 2010-03-24 17:38:09 -0500 Report

I use a usb drive with a red cross and med logo it was 9.00 and hopld all my info and works for me.
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-03-24 17:50:54 -0500 Report

What a great idea! That is new to me, I didn't know they made those. I carry around a piece of paper and I need to replace my bracelet. It got so loose it fell off somewhere and I lost it.

Anonymous 2010-03-24 11:17:01 -0500 Report

I carry the Portrait Health card too! I researched all of the systems out there and this one is really good. Fortunately… I have not had to use the emergency calling feature!