Monthly Archives: August 2016

Kerri

A “KEY” piece of medical ID

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Red rectangular keychain sample with medical symbol offset to left. Engraving is in white.Okay, okay, bad pun. But, did you know that your keys can be the key to your medical ID? If there is no way you or your loved one are going to wear a bracelet or necklace or cannot wear one at work for one reason or another, a key tag may be a good alternative to consider. I also often suggest attaching key tags to shoes or clothing for kids, specifically children with autism or other sensory processing issues who may be sensitive to the feeling of a bracelet or necklace. A key tag can also be a good choice in addition to a bracelet or necklace for people may experience a change in their medical condition while driving—for example, while people with diabetes or epilepsy typically can drive safely with proper precautions, in the event of a medical emergency when driving, a medic or bystander may use your keys to turn off your vehicle’s ignition. In this event, they would be alerted to your medical condition—in some cases, potentially faster than they might see your medical alert bracelet or necklace!
If you are using a key tag, you could also engrave one side of them to say “If found please call” and your phone number, so that if your keys are ever lost, they have a better chance of finding their way back to you!
Our key tags come in three different shapes—circle and diamond in stainless steel, and rectangle in plastic—and are bright red so they are easy to see. I also use a My Identity Doctor key chain tag attached to the carrying bag for my nebulizer—that way, if I ever lose it, the information is there to get my pricey little machine back to me.
Although I am careful, things can happen—which is why My Identity Doctor is here for you: no matter how careful we are… things can happen!
 
Kerri

National Road Victim Month: Are You Safe on the Road?

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yellow diamond sign on blue background with a car and bike side by side. a small rectangular sign beneath reads share the roadWhether you are a driver, cyclist, pedestrian, or using some other wild and wacky mode of transport, it is important to be safe when sharing the road. August is National Road Victim Month in the UK in memory of people who have lost their lives in accidents on the road [1], as well as to raise awareness on safe driving.
Whatever your method of transportation, it is important to be cautious. Just because you are a good driver or always look both ways twice before crossing the street, it does not mean those around you are as aware of your presence as you are of theirs. Take August to refresh your memory on the rules of being a good road sharer and laws specific to your area, for your role on the road.
No matter who you are, a medical ID bracelet can be a huge time saver in a road accident. It can detail any medical conditions you have, allergies, your birth year (date is not as important as your approximate age), and your desire to be an organ donor if you sustain serious injuries. An emergency contact may also be listed (also known as an I.C.E. or In Case of Emergency number) so that a loved one can be alerted if you are taken to hospital unexpectedly.
Things are not always in our control, especially on the road—just like wearing a helmet on a bike, you can protect yourself with a medical alert bracelet or necklace from My Identity Doctor. If you are a road athlete, like a cyclist or runner, our sport bracelets might be just what you need—and while we hope you never need to use it, we want you to have the security of a bracelet or necklace that can speak for you if you are injured and cannot identify yourself.
Kerri

Loose pills in your pocket? We’ve got you covered.

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Okay, I do it too. I just do it slightly less now that I have a couple of pill boxes.
How often have you slipped a pill in your pocket (in my case, that little good-for-what-else pocket of my jeans) and found it when you go to do laundry? It can’t be just me, right?
An image of our green rectangle pill box, with a flower design in black. Not only do we provide high quality stainless steel medical ID jewelry, we also sell stainless steel pill boxes. Whether you are throwing them in your pocket or a backpack, these will not crack like the typical plastic drug store pill boxes might after a few months. Our boxes come in the typical rectangle, but also a round variation. For me, I find using a pill box in my pocket helps me to actually remember my midday pill in my pocket better, because I can feel it when I sit down or stand up, or dig in my pockets for change or a key. I carry my prescription pill, as well as a couple of pain tablets just in case—this has helped not only myself, but even my friends a time or two when a headache has come on unexpectedly!
Another concern with loose pills in your pocket is if they fall out, children or pets may get to them by accident. With a pill box, you will be more easily able to notice if your pills fall out of your pocket. I keep one of my small boxes in my pocket (usually anyways) and one in my backpack as a backup. One time, I ended up at the cabin and thought I’d left my pencil case of meds at home—it turns out they were just buried but I did have to resort to my backup stash for a few days. It was quite a relief when I discovered a four day supply of one of my pills in the little box in my backpack—and a lot more space efficient than the whole pill bottle takes up!
Kerri

Have a safe and fun PlayDay!

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Did you know that August 3rd is Play Day in the UK? We at My Identity Doc hope you take the time to PLAY not just today, but everyday, and are safe while doing it. Remember that wearing Medical ID jewelry does not have to stop you from having fun—our products are as tough as you are, and can help keep you safe while you engage in your non-stop active lifestyle.
There’s a lot more to play than you might think. When completing my degree in kinesiology, I had entire lectures—and courses—devoted to the importance of play. So, what do we know about play?
  • Play helps us problem solve, be creative and develop better relationships with others [1]
  • Play does not have to have a “purpose”. The purpose is to relax and have fun and be present in what is going on in the moment you are in.
  • Play can be stress-reducing, energy-boosting! [1]
  • Boost productivity at work, as well as innovation and creativity [1]. Yes, having some fun with your coworkers can actually help improve your work and workplace!
  • Leading researcher on Play, Dr. Stuart Brown, writes that “play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting and daydreaming” [2]

Colourful ball pit balls in blue, green, yellow and red

Still unconvinced why you should play today? You can also watch this great video of Stuart Brown’s TED Talk to learn more about why you should get out and play—even if you think you are too grown up!

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