Monthly Archives: July 2016

Kerri

Why you should wear medical ID if you have severe food or latex allergies

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If you live with a severe allergy, you often will be hyper-vigilant about your surroundings—if you have a food allergy, checking ingredient labels and asking questions may become second nature, but still weigh on your mind; if you are allergic to latex, you may find yourself constantly screening your surroundings for potential hazards that contain latex, such as balloons, latex rubber gloves, or foods that may be unsafe for some people with latex allergies to consume, like bananas, avocados, chestnuts or kiwi.
Burton the shop pup, a golden retriever, holding a hot dog toy.

It’s a good thing Burton doesn’t have any food allergies… I bet his hot dog has been on the floor, too!

Despite your best efforts though, sometimes you’ll be exposed to something that you can’t control—and that can be scary. If you are prescribed epinephrine, it is important to carry epinephrine auto-injectors (one or two) with you all the time, to treat a reaction as soon as it begins. After using epinephrine, it is important to call 999 immediately so that you can receive medical attention just in case a reaction starts up again. For instance “Allergic to tree nuts and latex. Give epinephrine, call 999” makes it so there are no questions what to do if you cannot speak for yourself. Or, “Peanut allergy. Give epinephrine in belt pack,  then call 999.” Ensure it is clear what you need in case you cannot speak due to breathing problems or throat swelling, or if you become unconscious.  If you have two doses of epinephrine, a second can be given if needed—your medical team will inform you of whether or not you might need a second dose—you should ask a medical professional, as well, what should be engraved on our medical alert tag. Engraving this information on your bracelet, along with what you are allergic to, is important so that people around you can understand what you need if you cannot speak for yourself.
Staying safe does not have to be boring, though. We have lots of different styles of medical ID jewelrybracelets, necklaces, keychains, and more—for you to choose from to live safely with a severe allergy.
Kerri

Add to your medical ID bracelet or necklace with a free medical wallet card

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Did you know that all of our products come with a free wallet card, to supplement your medical ID bracelet or necklace with your important medical information? Packed by paw by our shop pup, Burton, our medical cards add an easy way to include anything you didn’t quite have room on your bracelet for. (Okay, and about Burton… he’s gotten pretty good about not slobbering on your stuff, but if he does, just consider it extra love from us! I kid… Well, maybe ;) . Your items should be dry by the time they reach your mailbox!). I’m serious that Burton does our mailings though!
Burton the Shop Pup doing some mailings--he's a golden retriever and he has a US Postal Service priority mail envelope in his mouth!
I know for myself, I have too many medications and other random medical information to fit everything on a bracelet. This is where medical wallet cards come in handy. Engrave “see wallet card” on your ID bracelet or necklace, and first responders know where to look—just be sure to engrave your most important information, like your medical condition or any allergies  you have, right on the bracelet. Since medications can change, unless you are taking a medication that might impact your care in an emergency (like a blood thinner, chemotherapy or insulin, to name a few), opt to include this information on a wallet card instead of taking up precious real-estate on your medical tag. Ask your doctor or another health professional what’s best for you.
While our wallet cards are included in every order (and, we can provide larger quantities for your support group or clinic—contact us for details), you can also try the print-it-yourself route from our website. Learn more about our wallet cards and download them here—and be sure to explore our medical ID bracelet, necklace, keychain and awareness items while you’re visiting My Identity Doctor for your free medical wallet card!
Kerri

Living Fully with Epilepsy: Staying in Control with a Seizure Disorder

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Epilepsy affects just under 1 percent of people in the UK—1 in 103 people in the UK live with epilepsy [1]. If you want to learn more about epilepsy, check out this blog post where we interviewed Caitie, a young woman living with epilepsy that is currently well controlled. Like Caitie, if you have epilepsy, you’re probably used to the precautions you have to take to stay safe, as well as educating people about your condition, including how to recognize the type of seizures you have, and what to do if you need help.

One of our newer items, the Purple Awareness Bracelet–a great choice for someone supporting a person with epilepsy. Wear one of our Medical ID bracelets along with this if you have epilepsy!

Sometimes, though, it sucks to have to talk about your medical condition all the time, and you just want to keep it on the down low. For people with a seizure disorder, like epilepsy, it’s important to be prepared, but also ensure those around you know what to do—when you need help, and when to just make sure you are safe if you have a seizure. This is why it is important to wear a medical ID bracelet at all times if you have epilepsy—to stay safe, and to alert others—see our styles here!
A medical ID bracelet can be used to communicate with others when you can’t. You can even include brief instructions of what bystanders can do to help you, if necessary. For instance “Seizure disorder (or epilepsy) – Call 911 if not recovering after 5 minutes,” or any medicines you may need administered by a paramedic, or trained caregiver, and where they may be stored (such as your pocket, bag, or backpack). For kids with epilepsy, it is also important that they wear medical ID jewelry to school, as they may encounter a variety of people during the day who will have varying levels of understanding about their medical needs. In the case of epilepsy, medical alert jewelry certainly speaks when you can’t, and when you need to most!
Kerri

Stay safe while you get active: Sport Medical ID Bracelets are here!

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If you have a chronic medical condition and are an athlete, or are just active and like to get outdoors or to the gym and exercise, you already know that your medical condition does not have to stop you from being active—and, in the case of certain conditions, can actually help you attain better health.
However, as an active person with asthma (although, not as active as I like on some days!), I know that the feeling of a metal medical ID bracelet bouncing around your wrist or arm, or getting hit in the face with a medical ID necklace tag is a reality that those of us who choose to protect ourselves with medical alert jewelry face (…and literally having jewelry in your face is not the best time!). Some people are not bothered by this, and others resort to things like taping their necklace to their chest… and as someone with a lot of experience with athletic tape, I can imagine that’s not fun to pull off! Fortunately, we have a better solution!
A pile of various coloured sport ID bracelets
New to our product line at My Identity Doctor is our sport medical ID bands. A patterned (or plain) fabric band, similar to a watch strap, with a metal plate where your information is engraved in bold black to keep you safe when you’re on the move. Great for adults and kids alike, they’re not going to get caught on your bike, or your car brake (my friend Kerri at SixUntilMe has done that one!), or that rock wall you’re climbing, or snag another player’s hand during a game of basketball or soccer.
Yellow sport wristband with a bright green stripe.
Whatever your style, you’ve got options. With various colours and patterns to choose from, we have something—from subdued black to poppy pink or bright yellow—to keep you safe while you’re getting active. Check out our sport medical ID products, and get out there!
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