A couple extra tips from last week's post on UTI:
* It's wise to put your bladder on a schedule... empty every 2-4 hours, no matter if you feel the urge or not.
* A good way to get your probiotics is to eat yogurt that contains live cultures. Yum! 🙂
And now, on to today's tip!
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. - 1 Peter 3:15
We spoonies are a complicated lot, aren't we? It's important that if we are ever incapacitated, emergency workers have quick, easy access to our medical information. I make certain of this in a variety of ways and wanted to share a few of them here today.
I have a “cheat sheet” that I carry with me at all times. I have copies in my purse and in the pockets of my power chair, wheel chair, and walker. I keep it updated as new meds or diagnoses are added or changed. I keep extras because nurses love these things and can keep them instead of having to return it to me. The sheet includes the answers to all the standard medical questions.... meds, surgeries, diagnoses, allergies. I like to put Bible verses on mine, as well, so that it's a quick and easy way to share my faith or open discussion about how awesome Jesus is in my life.
If you'd like to use my form and make it your own, here's a printable for you! It's 2 pages long.
Another thing I carry with me is an Emergency ID card in my purse. I fold in half and can be trimmed and laminated so that it will last forever. Another printable, coming right up!
I also wear a Medical ID Tag on a ball chain necklace around my neck. It's non rusting, so I can even wear it when swimming or in the shower, if I'm away from home. I never leave home without mine. It's pink, and I wear a “Time for a Cure” medallion over it, made by my friend Sherri. She's awesome. Some people choose to wear a bracelet or even a watch that has their med information on it. I've heard that some companies even make flash drive jewelry that you can wear, which contains all of your medical records and particulars in case you're ever in an accident. Pretty cool!
Another thing I have is a medical alert button that I wear anytime I am home alone. It's only $25 a month for constant monitoring and they will call 911, your doctor, and your emergency contacts for you, should the need arise. They also track you through a cell signal, so it works even when you are not at home. I wear mine on a lanyard around my neck. It, too, is waterproof, so can go into the shower or pool with you. The name of the company is GreatCall, and I highly recommend them.
Sometimes there are specific needs required, especially in traveling. I have a specific alert card that states why I cannot be subjected to magnetic metal detectors, signed by my doctor. It's a great idea to go online and get things like this to carry with you at all times.
Don't be caught unaware, and don't expect that your loved ones will be able to give all of your medical details in an emergency situation. Be proactive and get yourself identified before an emergency arises. Hopefully, you'll never need it, but if you do, it's invaluable.
Holy Lord, be with us each day. Help us to be as prepared as we can be each day, to face whatever arises. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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