Feb
16

In Case of Emergency WalletICE TM Can Save Your Life

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In Case of Emergency, Do you have WalletICE TM?

As a Certified Senior Advisor, I attend a multitude of meetings covering a vast array of issues seniors are facing.  This is an issue that all of us, regardless of our age, need to be concerned about.  In Case of Emergency, whether you are 5 years of age or 90 years of age, if a medical emergency occurs you must have the capacity to help yourself even if you are unconscious.  In Case of Emergency, Medical professionals from Emergency Medical Services to Doctors need our assistance in trying to rapidly diagnose an emergency situation.  This is why I have put together WalletICE TM.  You can sign up for a copy at WalletICE TM.

In Case of Emergency, it is extremely critical for medical professionals to know what medications you are taking, and the dosages associated with them.  Many times when folks think of medications, they are thinking in terms of those that you need a prescription to purchase.  Prescription medications are not the only ones you need to have a list of, In Case of Emergency.  You also need to list all the over the counter medications you take on a regular basis.  These might include things such as an aspirin, or health food type supplements.  In listening to medical professionals lecture, they have pointed out time and again, that time is of the essence when treating an emergency situation.  In Case of Emergency, they also need to know the medication or food allergies you may have.  Without this information doctors might prescribe something that would be detrimental to your health.

Each time we have blood drawn we should be discussing our 2 types of cholesterol (LDL and HDL) with our doctor.  WalletICE TM, In Case of Emergency, helps you keep track of all of this and more.  Also important, are your glucose (sugar) and triglyceride (chemical fat) levels in your blood.  We should keep track of these numbers so we can watch for any trends.  In this fast paced world we live in we must be mindful of our own situation.

LDL—the bad cholesterol

  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is also called bad cholesterol because it can lead to a buildup in your arteries.
  • The higher the LDL cholesterol level in your blood, the greater the chance of getting heart disease.

HDL—the good cholesterol

  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is also known as good cholesterol because it helps remove bad cholesterol from the body.
  • The higher the HDL cholesterol, the lower the chance of getting heart disease.

A doctor may say to you everything on your blood test is fine, however if you see slight changes occurring you should be discussing with your doctor and or a dietitian what changes you may need to implement in your diet or activity (exercise).

You may remember the Terri Schiavo case where she had been on a feeding tube since 1990, and the husband and parents had been in a legal battle over whether or not to remove the equipment, used to sustain her life.  In this particular case Terri did not have a health care proxy or any kind of advanced directives.

This battle lasted from 1998 to 2005.  Terri had been in cardiac arrest and had suffered massive brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.  After two and a half months she was declared, medically, to be in a vegetative state.  After several years of therapy and enough debt to cripple the family for life, Terri’s husband Michael petitioned the courts to have the feeding tube removed.  Terri’s parents were apposed to removing the feeding tube.  After a court had decided the life support should be removed for the first time, several days later the feeding tube was reinserted. After several years of court battles, the tube was finally disconnected in March of 2005. She passed away nearly two weeks later.

The reason for reminding folks of this story is because it makes it easier on our families and loved ones if we have our wishes in writing.  WalletICE TM, In Case of Emergency contains information on your living wishes, and has a place for you to indicate where you might have a DNR/Proxy/Living Will on file.  You really should seek the advise of an attorney to put those documents together.  In any event, having this information handy, In Case of Emergency, can make all the difference in having your wishes carried out.  Living Wishes are included on WalletICE TM, In Case of Emergency.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Your Online Source for Credible Health Information

“Persons with a usual source of medical care were no less likely to have had at least one ED visit than those without a usual source of care.

  • Children and adults under age 65 with and without a usual source of medical care were equally likely to have had at least one ED visit.  Adults aged 65 and over with a usual source of medical care were more likely to have had an ED visit within a 12-month period than those without a usual source of care.”

Basically, these stats are pointing out that each of us will usually need the services of an ED (emergency department) once per year.

I have put together a product called WalletICE TM; In Case of Emergency it Can Save Your Life.  It was designed for you to be able to capture all of this information in one place. You can currently sign up for a copy of WalletICE TM free of charge at WalletICE TM

Please feel free to forward this email to all those people you care about.  The life you save may be someone you know.

To life, be well.  Annette Fisher, Certified Senior Advisor, Executive Director

Golden Maturity, Inc., 4210 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11224 – 718-968-5242

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