Being prepared means different things to different people, but to those of us with chronic conditions it means having what we need for any contingency. For someone with asthma or COPD this might mean carrying an inhaler and taking a puff or two before exercise. For someone who uses supplemental oxygen it would mean making sure you have a full tank when going out and all your equipment is working properly. For me, it means carrying nitroglycerin and a phone at all times. Above you see my kit for going on my daily walk with my husband. I don’t need my whole purse. I just carry my “tiny purse”, my nitroglycerin spray, and my cell phone. Well, I also carry a poo poo bag for the doggy.
It has been hard getting used to this. I have almost never gone anywhere without nitro since my heart attack. At first it was because I was nervous, but later as my angina episodes became more frequent it was necessity. Recently I have been coming to terms with the need to use the nitro prophylactically, before I experience symptoms, when I exercise.
Another item I always carry is my identification bracelet. There are many places to buy medical ID bracelets. I bought mine from Road ID.
What I like about Road ID is the ability to maintain a full medical history and list of medications online. On the reverse of the metal tag on my bracelet, there is a serial number and PIN which allow first responders to access my profile online. This ID works well for me. It was inexpensive and simple.
If one prefers a prettier bracelet and has a bit more to spend, several people I know have bought bracelets from Lauren’s Hope. When I have more to spend, I may invest in one of theirs.
So far, I have not had a serious emergency while out and about. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my luck will hold.