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#1 Myprincesses

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:12 PM

Just wondering if people use them still and the best place to get them?

Both my daughter and I have Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (?EDS) and have recently had more dislocations. We don't have heart issues though..... is it worth getting one to people know if we can't communicate in an emergency.

Then for me I also have a weird blood group (something also quite rare). I have a really weak variant of A+ therefore need to be treated as A- for all blood transfusions otherwise will have a transfusion reaction (which I know can be deadly). I have known about it since I was pregnant with DD1. The GP gave me the pathology report and it is something myself and my husband know.

My sister also has it (also discovered whilst she was pregnant). She recently moved and had to see the doctors none of which believe her that it is even possible. So she asked for my print out to prove to them what the go is.

But tonight got me thinking - what would happen if in an emergency situation and both DH and myself are unconscious and I needed a blood transfusion. I know they test blood prior to it but the basic testing is not always accurate for me - sometimes I come up A+ sometimes A- (weird I know!).

I was thinking that maybe I should get a bracelet for this.

#2 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:09 AM

Hi, yes they are still used. But if you want to be taken seriously and not run the risk of something bad happening, use the real medic alert bracelets, not the fake ones. The real ones have a number for health professional including paramedics to ring to obtain more information on the medical problem. And it is only around $30 a year to be a member.

http://www.medicalert.org.au/Products/How_...emblem_protects

Edited by *SnowFlower*, 16 February 2013 - 08:38 PM.


#3 CrunchyNut

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

My son wears one for seizures,  I don't but should as I have a rare blood compatability issue and even if they give me O I would go into Anaphalatic shock and die, its pretty scary.  We all have ED's too.

I would only go with the medically recognised ones, we use these for our DS, mainly because I'm worried about him loosing the more expensive types..  But these are awesome an dour GP now recommends them to all his patients and got some for his sick daughter..  http://www.mediband.com/All-Bracelets/c38/...3668f468403bb70

#4 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

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Edited by *SnowFlower*, 20 February 2013 - 05:16 PM.


#5 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

My DD is allergic to all nuts, she wears the red plastic bands most of the time, as in the past I've bought the more expensive ones and after time of sport and swimming the break and tarnish.

I would really love to have one of the silver ones but find that the quality doesn't stand up, but having all medical info available is a really good idea.




EFS

Edited by zlca_mummy, 08 December 2012 - 06:38 AM.


#6 MrsLexiK

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:26 AM

I dont think anyone would overlook a band on my hand saying alert peanut allergy or something regardless if what it was written on a plastic band or a gold bracelet. The plastic bands actually have all the information there in an emergency is there always time for a phone call? There is however time to look at a bracelet.

#7 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

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Edited by *SnowFlower*, 20 February 2013 - 05:16 PM.


#8 CrunchyNut

Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

QUOTE (~Songbird~ @ 07/12/2012, 11:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
CrunchyNut - I totally disagree with the one you have posted above. In a medical emergency the last you want is a rubber band on your arm saying what condition you have!. Medic alert has a data base with the patients actual medical information put into it where vital life saving info can be quickly accessed by all medical professionals. A rubber band does not have this option. Medic alert forms need to be verified by a doctor as well , a rubber band does not hence it is far less likely to be taken seriously and overlooked. I think your GP is a bit silly to be honest.

There are cheap medic alert sports bands especially for kids and active adults, that wear well and don't fall off. These are the one's to go for.

Here is an example: http://www.medicalert.org.au/Products/Spor...Standard_Emblem



If you actually looked at the website you would have seen that they have the same set up  rolleyes.gif    so please before having a go at me or my doctor read!!!!!!!!

far out!!!

http://www.medibandplus.com/t-free.aspx

#9 rebekah-mum

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

My daughter who is 14 wears a medic alert necklace as she is in a wheelchair and bracelet wears because of pushing the wheels .She has multiply medical problems and I have found this has saved her life as ambos can get all her information fast as it is easily seen

#10 CatĀ©

Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

I dont have one for my EDS as yet, but all the boys do.

I will get one in the future, but havent bothered as yet.




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