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Considering Medic Alert Bracelet... what would I put on it though?

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by chilove, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. chilove

    chilove

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    Hey all,

    I've been in the ER twice in the last few weeks with potassium drops (before I discovered this board..Thanks so much Fredd!!!! You're literally a life saver!!!) and I'm also on cortisol supplementation and still occassionaly have cortisol crashes which can also be very dangerous so I'm seriously considering ordering a medic alert bracelet to wear while I'm having these issues..

    I'm wondering how to express that in 8 words or less on a small metal tab? :)

    I was thinking of something along the lines of:

    "Check for Hypokalemia & Check Cortisol.. On HydroCort" or something similar...

    Any other ideas greatly appreciated or maybe tell me that I"m being too paranoid.. LOL..

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I wear a medic alert bracelet. Incidentally there are some really attractive ones here: http://www.laurenshope.com/winter-catalog-2011

    Since "the things that are wrong with me" vary so much, I decided to say something like "Chronic Illness--see wallet card." I have a red medic alert wallet pouch that has room for a list of all my meds, a description of my illness (printed from the internet), my doctor's card and pager, etc.

    These medic alert pouches are given out by most counties in the US. They come with a sticker for the door to alert paramedics, a magnetic pouch for the refrigerator, and a wallet pouch. Paramedics are trained to look for these things.

    Here is the "blurb" from one county:

    File of LifeA Free Program from Schuyler County

    Every second counts during an emergency. Schuyler County sponsors File of Life-- a free program for Seniors over 60 or anyone with medical conditions or disabilities--even children.

    If you are a Schuyler County resident, you can receive a free magnetic File of Life packet to stick to your refrigerator. The packet holds your personal medical information, which can be easily accessed by first respondersEMTs, fire fighters, police-- in the event of an emergency. This saves timeand possibly a life.

    For more information about File of Life, contact Emergency Management of Schuyler County at 535-8200. We would be glad to send you the necessary form and the packet. If no one is in, please leave a mess
    age.

    It does give me confidence when I am out on my own.

    Best,
    Sushi
     
  3. chilove

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    That's awesome! Thanks so much !
     
  4. Freddd

    Freddd Senior Member

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    These days it can be a chip with readout and full info on the web.
     
  5. Freddd

    Freddd Senior Member

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    Can you tell us abput that? The 2 ER prior?
     
  6. chilove

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    Hi Fredd,

    Yes, on two occasions I started feeling like I couldn't breathe and had severe chest pain and muscle weakness all over.. I started to feel really faint so my partner took me to the ER both times... it was low potassium both times...
     
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    I used to be on cortisol, but haven't been on it in about two months..........

    I remember reading somewhere that hydrocortisone treatment can lower potassium.........wish I'd known that while on it!!!

    Anyway - something to keep in mind with cortisol/potassium dosing - they may be related.
     
  8. Freddd

    Freddd Senior Member

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    Hi Clilove,

    What supplements were you taking at those times?
     
  9. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    You may also want to look into a legal document letting someone have healthcare power of attorney, or making a living will. And making sure all the doctors and hospitals know your emergency contact's current cell phone number.
     
  10. greenshots

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    Well, as an Ex ICU nurse, I'd say:

    HX hypokalemic & cortisol crisis

    That says it all (hx means history in medical jargon)

    Angela

    PS, not suif this applies to you at all but if you have a family history of things like this you may look into:
    Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

    We had a woman with this my last year in the ICU and it always fascinated me.


    QUOTE=chilove;243158]Hey all,

    I've been in the ER twice in the last few weeks with potassium drops (before I discovered this board..Thanks so much Fredd!!!! You're literally a life saver!!!) and I'm also on cortisol supplementation and still occassionaly have cortisol crashes which can also be very dangerous so I'm seriously considering ordering a medic alert bracelet to wear while I'm having these issues..

    I'm wondering how to express that in 8 words or less on a small metal tab? :)

    I was thinking of something along the lines of:

    "Check for Hypokalemia & Check Cortisol.. On HydroCort" or something similar...

    Any other ideas greatly appreciated or maybe tell me that I"m being too paranoid.. LOL..

    Thanks![/QUOTE]
     
  11. greenshots

    greenshots Senior Member

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    Bracelet

    Well, as an Ex ICU nurse, I'd say:

    HX hypokalemic & cortisol crisis

    That says it all (hx means history in medical jargon)

    Angela

    PS, not sure this applies to you at all but if you have a family history of things like this you may look into:
    Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

    We had a woman with this my last year in the ICU and it always fascinated me.


    QUOTE=chilove;243158]Hey all,

    I've been in the ER twice in the last few weeks with potassium drops (before I discovered this board..Thanks so much Fredd!!!! You're literally a life saver!!!) and I'm also on cortisol supplementation and still occassionaly have cortisol crashes which can also be very dangerous so I'm seriously considering ordering a medic alert bracelet to wear while I'm having these issues..

    I'm wondering how to express that in 8 words or less on a small metal tab? :)

    I was thinking of something along the lines of:

    "Check for Hypokalemia & Check Cortisol.. On HydroCort" or something similar...

    Any other ideas greatly appreciated or maybe tell me that I"m being too paranoid.. LOL..

    Thanks![/QUOTE]
     
  12. greenshots

    greenshots Senior Member

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    Well, as an Ex ICU nurse, I'd say:

    HX hypokalemic & cortisol crisis

    That says it all (hx means history in medical jargon)

    Angela

    PS, not suif this applies to you at all but if you have a family history of things like this you may look into:
    Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

    We had a woman with this my last year in the ICU and it always fascinated me.


    QUOTE=chilove;243158]Hey all,

    I've been in the ER twice in the last few weeks with potassium drops (before I discovered this board..Thanks so much Fredd!!!! You're literally a life saver!!!) and I'm also on cortisol supplementation and still occassionaly have cortisol crashes which can also be very dangerous so I'm seriously considering ordering a medic alert bracelet to wear while I'm having these issues..

    I'm wondering how to express that in 8 words or less on a small metal tab? :)

    I was thinking of something along the lines of:

    "Check for Hypokalemia & Check Cortisol.. On HydroCort" or something similar...

    Any other ideas greatly appreciated or maybe tell me that I"m being too paranoid.. LOL..

    Thanks![/QUOTE]
     
  13. chilove

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    Thats easy! Thanks so much!
     

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