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It’s not a secret that I’ve been going through some cardiac concerns lately. As a patient, I’ve been horrible, and hadn’t seen my cardiologist since I was 26. I figured that since I felt okay, I was okay, and for the most part I was. Then, after I moved to Florida, I wasn’t. It had been a LONG time since I wore my MedicAlert tag, and frankly I don’t know where it went or when I lost it. I never bought a new one because these, like the medicine and care, cost quite a bit of money. If this had happened in public, and I hadn’t been able to tell people about my condition, I could very likely not be here to write this today.
My adventure into dealing with atrial flutter was a surprise to both myself, and people who know me well. I’ve never told anyone about my heart condition as an adult – unless we were in a relationship. I wasn’t hiding it; it just wasn’t a problem. It seemed much more difficult to explain it to everyone than to just live with it. I can see now how dangerous that was. Here in Florida, I’m pretty alone and isolated. I have made a few friends now, but they’ve been here since right after I was in the hospital for my first cardioversion. They haven’t known me any other way than with a heart problem…condition. It’s not a problem, there’s no solution. I have always had and will alway have this condition.
Even though most of my friends are now aware of my condition, they can’t be expected to remember the details. I had been searching since November for an affordable solution for a medic alert tag. Frankly, I find $60-$80 (pre-engraving) for something marginally attractive but medically necessary just a little outrageous for anyone. Like the meds, though, we’ll find a way to pay for it because it could save our lives. I’ll save my rant on capitalism another day. As luck would have it, about a week ago I found MyID, and I jumped at the chance to put the word out.
MyID is an online database for you to keep your personal medical information available to first responders. There are areas for your personal and medical information, emergency contacts, your physicians, your medications, and the procedures you’ve had. It’s up to you to keep it all updated, though, and that’s pretty important. Then, you don one of their wearables, which are much more attractive and affordable than most other places. I got the sleeve so that it could just slip over my Fitbit band, since I wear that every single day.
I will be getting two more wearables, plus some stickers, because I can’t always wear my activity tracker. For playing in the ocean, I’ll choose the sport band with a slider that says I have a pacemaker. I’ll also choose one of the attractive and affordable bracelets for the times when I’m dressed fancy and my bright orange activity tracker isn’t appropriate jewelry.
Here’s the great thing about the jewelry: except for the slider to go on the sport band, I’m not broadcasting my condition to the world. People looking at MyID have to go to the website, call, or scan the barcode and input the ID and PIN on the back, which means I have to sit still. All of my information is digital, and I can carry my medical records with me for emergency situations. It really makes travel – especially outside the country – a lot easier and more medically safe for me. Plus, there’s an app for this, so you can update on the go.
These are great both for your aging parents and your children who have to live with any condition. You won’t have to worry that they won’t be able to tell any first responders or new doctors what conditions they live with. You won’t be caught unable to speak for them, because the band does it all for you. Plus, in addition to the BRAND NEW SLEEVE (which is seriously affordable at $19.95), they just came out with a really great product called The Hive that lets you use interchangeable wearable options.
Oh, and before I forget, your profile on the site is FREE! Yeah, that’s right, you don’t have to pay to stay safe. I’m so happy I found this company, or rather that they found me. Thanks, MyID! I’m a huge fan.
As for me, I’m still pretty much alone down here, and I almost always travel alone. I have been super lucky so far, and I’ve been conscious and able to speak about my condition to the important people who are helping me stay alive. If that ever changes, I have MyID now, which eases me quite a bit. I might not be able to stop something from happening, but my new MyID sleeve ensures that whomever helps me knows what conditions to be aware of. That’s quite a bit of security when you’re living 2,400 miles from everything you’ve ever known.