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Old 02-17-2018, 19:36   #1
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In a bad motorcycle accident last September (broke my back in 3 places, 4 ribs, 2 bones in my hand, bruised both knees, etc.). Car driver came around a corner and crossed the double line and came right at me. Did my best and avoided a head-on collision but couldn't stay on the bike. Woke up against the guard rail with someone crouched over me. Thank God there are still some good samaritans left in the world. Couldn't walk or raise my head to even see who was helping me.

Learnings from a diabetic perspective I want to share with all -
1) Paramedics don't always check to see if you have a medical ID necklace. I could barely talk and they didn't check. So - I now wear a bracelet instead. I figure they will probably see it if they put an IV in my arm.

2) Insulin/snack bag. I had one in my motorcycle saddlebag, but it was tough getting people to find it and realize what it was. So, I sewed a big medical patch on it that says "I have diabetes". Can't miss it now.

3) I also sewed a large "I have diabetes" patch on my daypack. If I have problem out hiking (it is pretty rugged and remote in the mountains of NC where I live), people may know how to help.

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i have an "in case of emergency" app on my phone that is filled with info for first responders. It is an app that is available even when my phone is at its locked screen.

Iphone have had this feature long enough that many first responders will look for it. It is also available for android phones.

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I use ICE on my android. also available from a locked screen. But they have to have the phone first. The sew on patches are a good idea.

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i guess a paper card - hand written if necessary - next to your healthcard might be a good idea too.

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Since my family tree includes feline ancestry blood, i calculated i had 9 lives to start out with to account for any emergency situations that may come up due to my diabetes. Well it’s been 41 years since my diagnoses and 7 of the 9 lives have been used up so I dug thru my dresser drawer and found a medic alert bracelet I got in 1977 and wore until 2004 and decided to put it on again. I also have Find Friend app on my iphone so my family can locate me and call 911 if necessary. Also on my iphone is my medical history via Medic Alert that has a phone # to call. My concern is if I need assistance while walking in public and hit the ground, no one will notice as 95% of the world is absorbed and addicted to their Iphone and the social media gravitational forces.

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I use to wear a medical alert bracelet but lost it at some point and never got a new one. About 30 years ago when I was at University I had lost consciousness because of low Blood Sugars.
My last memory, I was in the cafeteria trying to dump as much sugar as I could in to my coffee. Then I went down and woke up in Medical Services at the University. I had written on a card that I kept in my wallet that I was Type 1 and fortunately for me the Emergency Responders checked, saw it and acted accordingly. It was a big University so Med Services was like a small hospital.
The one and only time that I didn't catch my low BGs in time. When I came too - I had amnesia for about 10 minutes. Such a strange experience.

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I too did the phone thing, its a good idea. However in my case it was smashed in the accident. Definitely should part of your precaution though.

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I wear a medical alert bracelet - type 1. I keep it on 24/7 and have no intentions of taking it off! In recent days, I've been thinking of my bracelet and how it'll be with me for the decades to come. In my thinking it dawns on me that I have some 14k gold - old watchbands of real gold. Heck they may be clocking in at over 3 ozs! So, I went to a jeweler to see about melting it down and casting me a major bracelet!

Still managing my expectations! Seems melting gold and casting it in wax costs a lot - even if you provide the gold! I think the reworking will be close to $550 bucks!

Still figuring it all out.

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I wear a medical alert bracelet - type 1. I keep it on 24/7 and have no intentions of taking it off! In recent days, I've been thinking of my bracelet and how it'll be with me for the decades to come. In my thinking it dawns on me that I have some 14k gold - old watchbands of real gold. Heck they may be clocking in at over 3 ozs! So, I went to a jeweler to see about melting it down and casting me a major bracelet!

Still managing my expectations! Seems melting gold and casting it in wax costs a lot - even if you provide the gold! I think the reworking will be close to $550 bucks!

Still figuring it all out.

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what about selling them?

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