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Has anyone else considered a medicalert  bracelet or tag giving the information that they are on HDB? For those in the US (not sure it has the same name) this is a bracelet or tag, to be worn round the neck, engraved with the information "I am taking high dose baclofen and....." whatever else you're taking. The idea is, if you are plucked from a wrecked car & taken to ICU, the treatment team will know straight away what you are on. I would hope relatives would arrive fairly quickly to fill in the details.

I was looking at the website, costs about £50 for an engraved tag. In two minds whether it would be useful. OTOH, having it become visible to the casual observer, might be a bit of an embarrassment.

What do people think?

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Hi Molly yes they are essential IMO.

I have had one on me ever since I first started and have my partner aware and able to explain in the event of a emergency.

They can be adjusted easily as you go up in dose. 

I have printed out and laminated several of these free printable ones contained in the  link below

http://www.mayorlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/MedAlertInfoCardpdf-D1.pdf

I put my medical condition as lower back spasm or similar as i am on a low maintenance dose.

Its up to the individual. Obviously those on very high dose (in the event of hospitalization) medical staff may question why such a "high dose" so placing medical condition as alcohol related would be wise or consult a close friend or partner. 

Unfortunately last time a was KO 'ed in a fall (not alcohol related) ICU thought that I was trying to top myself by being on such a high dose.

Ignorance reigns so be prepared to have some on explain if necessary.

One for the car dash, glove box,

One for the wallet/purse hand bag ect.

One for the back pacK when riding push bike ect.

All the best

Reg

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Reggie, that's brilliant! Many thanks, I have printed out 2 copies - now to decide where to keep them!

Actually, that's different to the system I was describing - Medicalert gives you a piece of engraved "jewllery to wear on your person all the time, either on your wrist or round your neck. So it's actually on your person all the time.

Some advatages/disadvantages to each system.......only your is free!!

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Just be aware that even if they know, they don't necessarily give it to you.  When I went in to the hospital last time with DTs after reaching indifference, my dh told then I was taking HDB, and what would happen if I didn't get it.  It was on my record that I was on it as my Doc gives me a partial prescription. They didn't give it to me. They just provided an anti-seizure medication.  When I was in my right mind again, they told me I had to wean off HDB and go to AA.  Idiots.  It ended up that I was off Bac for two days, but was able to dose on day three.

Mom2

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That's terrible, Mom! I hope word is getting around now - fingers crossed for this conference in September where the trials will be presented to an audience of (hopefully) psychiatrists & addiction specialists.

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Mom, I'm still so incensed about what happened to you. It's borderline medical malpractice, actually. (And I'm not one to take that lightly. I mean it is truly, legally incompetent medical practice that they did not treat you with baclofen when you had a legitimate prescription from your doctor. If anything bad had happened, they would absolutely been liable. Thank goodness that didn't happen, though.) 

Reggie, GREAT solution. Thank you. I've got my doctor's name in my wallet, and Ed has the same, but no guarantee that they'd call her (I mean, why would they?) if we were in an emergency situation. 

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