When I meet with readers of the blog, I like to talk to them about what they like and what kind of articles they would like seeing. Today’s post suggestion came from my cousin Judy and addresses something that isn’t very fun but is so completely vital. We were discussing at beautiful and delicious New Years table about being medically transparent with our emergency contacts. Emergencies never happen conveniently and sometimes knowing the right information at the right time is crucial. I hope a majority of our readers have such a perfect bill of health, that this never ever applies to you… but, if something happened and you were incapacitated would your loved ones know what to do? Would they be able to let the paramedics/doctors know important information in a timely manner?
Negative prescription drug interactions are a real thing. Josh had one this fall and winter that still leaves me baffled. By keeping pertinent medical data on your person (wallet or purse) it allows you to be one step ahead of an emergency- both your own or someone you love. If your conditions are super-serious, then you probably already own a medic alert bracelet… and medic alert tattoos are even becoming a thing! But, for the rest of us who have mild asthma, or a sensitivity to decongestants keeping pertinent information readily available is just smart business.
During the New Years discussion, we were all asked if we knew our spouses/partners prescriptions. I was feeling pretty smug because I actually knew the things Josh was taking… but then when I thought about it, I didn’t know the dosages and had only a rough estimate of the frequencies. That is something I should know. That is something I would like for Josh to know about me… you know… just in case. Again, no one ever wants to think about it… but the last time you want to think about it is during an emergency.
So, in 2014, I want to become more prepared. I mocked up a card that can be folded in half (creating two sides) that you can keep in your purse/wallet.
Print it on heavy stock paper so you can write on the inside as well! But, the world is your oyster! Create your own card if you are feeling inspired! Type out your info! Laminate that shiz! Do it however you want to do it… but just do it. I’m keeping one set in my wallet, one in my glove box, and one in my iphone running arm band!
You could totally also keep this information stored in your phone contacts (which I do) under “I.C.E.” which stands for “in case of emergency”… but what if your cell phone was out of batteries or someone’s phone was “locked”? Chances are (unless you are out running) that you can generally be found within proximity of your wallet/purse. Filling out your medical information (and that of those closest to you) and keeping it with you is only mildly inconvenient once. It will take you 15 minutes tops to complete and that 15 minutes could save someone’s life someday. You aren’t adding an encyclopedia to your wallet, just a small piece of paper. What is your blood type? What is your Emergency Contact’s cell phone number? What is your address? Think about what YOUR card needs to say and then make it!
Here’s hoping you never need it.