tag on back pack

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 5:08am
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I had a hard time getting used to the idea of Chris being in college and on his own. I found out that there is no Nurce on staff at all times and things are now different than school days used to be.
Now I have to trust Chris with his life basically on his own when he is in college. It was always a million teachers and others helping me.
Well at 19 there is nothing I can do but hope I have done it right.
I went to Wal-mart and made up a good size dog tag and attached it to his bag that he carries now. It was so cool because Chris even likes it. THis way if anything happens to him it is right on his bag he carries every where. The tag is always on him and I am so much better than in the beginning when he started.
I am making up more just in case it gets lost.
My son is now wearing his own dog tag.
I just want people to know that they are very cheap and they work well for this.
Take care Claire

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 6:00am
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What about a medic alert bracelet? Wouldn`t that pretty much do the same thing? That is pretty much the first place people look if someone is found passed out.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 10:17am
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great idea! to often my son has his medic alert necklace under his shirts. I think having something that highlights his PA and need for the epi-pen and to have it be "cool" is a great idea and works well in partnership with the medic alert info.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 10:22am
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A few months ago I went to the local fire station to talk to the paramedics about what exactly they look for as far as medic alert. Dd wanted those pretty gold medic alert bracelets, and I was afaid in an emergency that a gold bracelet would not be noticed. The paramedics confirmed that they are trained to look for the silver bracelet only. They said they might or might not even notice a necklace. (I guess being under a shirt might be a reason). Anyhow, if the person has long sleeves they will move them up a bit to look for the bracelet, but they don`t usually look for a necklace.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 11:43am
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I am so sorry that I didn't clarify on this very well.
The reason for the tag on his bag is so that a person walking by will look for this. Also he has the bracelet.
I just know that if Chris went down the first thing a stranger may do is look for identifcation and I wanted his name everywhere and the allergy on whatever has his name.
YES Carefulmom a medic alert bracelet is what a person has to have,but with us we wanted to cover everything there is to cover.
The EMT is not the first Person that may find Chris and people are very unaware of the bracelet. I find people that I am still educating on the whole PA thing.
Take care Claire

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 12:44pm
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Oh, that makes a lot of sense. The more ways to let people know he is pa, the better. It sounds like a great idea in addition to the medic alert bracelet.

Posted on: Thu, 02/02/2006 - 9:05pm
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They are trained to look for all styles of medic alert bracelets.

Posted on: Thu, 02/02/2006 - 9:49pm
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I also did this. I put a dog tag on my sons epi pen carrying case. It does jingle a bit against it but he likes it and it stands out against the black case. It has worked well for us.
Valerie

Posted on: Fri, 02/03/2006 - 2:46am
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We found an EMT supply company to order from... this way PERSONAL information isn't visible outside her epinephrine pack...
We have an enamelled blue and white star of life emblem about 1" (2.5 cm) in diameter which really stands out on the pale pink leather bag that my little "Coco Chanel" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]has and also attached a large blue vinyl keychain emblem on the zipper pull. It is very striking and EVERYONE who sees it make the connection-- emergency medicines in here. No more "how cute that you have a little purse, little girl..."
The keychain, I would think, would be very easy to attach to any zippered item. It is very lightweight and doesn't make any noise.
I think the company was in MA somewhere.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 6:00am
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What about a medic alert bracelet? Wouldn`t that pretty much do the same thing? That is pretty much the first place people look if someone is found passed out.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 10:17am
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great idea! to often my son has his medic alert necklace under his shirts. I think having something that highlights his PA and need for the epi-pen and to have it be "cool" is a great idea and works well in partnership with the medic alert info.

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