Lifeguarding is the easiest job in the world, until something goes wrong. I learned this when I worked as a lifeguard at a day camp during my teenage years. Most days the hardest thing I had to do was whistle at the kids to stop climbing on their counselors. It was rare to have to rescue anyone in the water; a good lifeguard will spot warnings well before a drowning can occur. Emergencies were more likely to happen out of the water on the pool deck.
One such emergency happened when a little girl suddenly had a seizure before her first swim lesson of the day. Fortunately, lifeguard training covers seizures, and we stabilized the little girl until the seizure passed. Her parents took her to the hospital and her regular doctor to make sure she was okay, and came away with a diagnosis of epilepsy. I suggested to her parents that they buy a children’s medical id bracelet in case their daughter ever had an episode where people weren’t aware of her condition. The little girl got to pick out a bracelet with a stylish band, and grew accustomed to telling everyone about her epilepsy bracelet.
As an allergy sufferer I can tell you that knowing my allergy and being able to report it to emergency medical personnel have been instrumental in saving my life. I have an unusual allergy: bananas. Who’s allergic to bananas? Other than me I have no idea. But the allergy is severe enough to require hospitalization within minutes of consumption, meaning the rapid onset of symptoms places me in an immediately life-threatening situation.
Anaphylactic shock can cause breathing obstructions that make respiration next to impossible. If it doesn’t cause suffocation it can cause enough damage by greatly reducing the amount of oxygen we’re able to get into our bodies. I’m an adult, though, so when I consume bananas I know it immediately and can usually explain the situation to health care providers. Children, on the other hand, may not enjoy the same luxury. That’s why, if you have a child with an allergy an allergy child medical ID bracelet can be critical to maintaining their health and well-being. Don’t let a serious allergy go by the wayside. Hoping for the best won’t make it happen so take action to protect your children and you’ll be glad you did. Even if they never have to use the bracelet, the only outcome will be a good one.
During the months of October and November 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given permission two companies to use embryonic stem cells for Treatment. Advanced Cell Technology, Santa Monica, CA has been givin permission to use the cells for the treatment of Stargardt disease. Stargardt disease is a disease attacts central vision. Central vision is used for such things as reading and facial recognition.
Geron Corp, Menlo Park , CA was given permission, in October, to use cells for the treatment of Spinal Cord injuries. Treatment must begin within 7 to 14 days after the injury.
The holidays are here and that means it’s time to get our shopping done. If you’re anything like me then you have a long list of people to shop for. And, you’re probably not looking forward to it. With all the traffic, crowds and long lines, no one really wants to go out and deal with the frustrations of holiday shopping. Luckily, though, with lower shipping costs and more manageable inventories, online retailers are offering huge savings to consumers along with the convenience of shopping from home.
For anyone with a chronic or debilitating illness or condition, proper communication of those conditions to a health care provider in an emergency can often mean the difference between life and death or serious injury. It’s this fact, among a host of others that have made medical ID bracelets a staple in the lives of millions of people worldwide. From allergies to cardiovascular conditions and more, ID bracelets save thousands of lives every single day. An affordable medical ID bracelet makes a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. Let them know you really care with a gift that speaks from, and to the heart.