Safety Solutions: Medical Alert Bracelets with USB Drives

Photo courtesy of ebay

Yesterday, I was having a wonderful chat with my friend, Mary, who is a fabulous mom, volunteer, and incredibly accomplished neurologist. I love to hear her ideas and perspective, and she always has some news for me on the “latest and greatest” in medical care. Without fail,  Mary always teaches me something new!

Yesterday, she told me that one of her patients showed her a great tool: A medical alert bracelet with a USB drive that stores all of his medical history. She said this provided her patient with much peace of mind; he knew that if he were admitted to the hospital and unable to speak, the doctors and nurses could access the information they needed to help him.

So…I did a little research and found several such bracelets Some look like a bit like “livestrong” bands, while others resemble traditional “medical alert bracelets.” Some even had a bit of “bling.” Other finds: necklaces and key chains!

Obviously these bracelets offer many benefits:

  • Easy access to important information
  • Peace of mind for parents of kids who are nonverbal or prone to wandering
  • Safety for people with epilepsy or other conditions that lead to loss of consciousness
  • Help in recalling information for nervous parents at the emergency room

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Technology is a luxury that comes with great responsibility. Please be certain that you train volunteers that no information about a child–on a piece of paper, in a text, or on a flash drive–should be accessed without permission.
  • Observe children and teens carefully. Sometimes kids with sensory sensitivities may take off ID bracelets or necklaces, even if they have previously not been bothered by them. Be certain that if lost or dropped, the ID jewelry is returned to the parent or guardian as soon as possible.


Just a note: This post does not represent an endorsement of ANY product. If you are interested in learning more about these ID bracelets, please type “medical alert bracelet USB” into your search engine.


Book Report: Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

We’ve all experienced that awkward, tongue-tied feeling when approaching someone who is suffering: What should I say? And, we’ve all said the wrong thing at one time or another…or we’ve made the mistake of avoiding the subject of suffering (or avoiding the person altogether.)

Thankfully, Kenneth C. Haugk offers some help in his book Don’t Sing Songs To A Heavy Heart.  Haugk, a  pastor and clinical psychologist, founded Stephen Ministries with his wife, Joan. His writing is not preachy nor complicated, giving a foundation of truth on this profoundly difficult topic. He also discusses practical ways to understand how to manage conversations with people who are grieving, sick, or hurting. Haugk encourages readers to examine their own thoughts and “baggage” in order to serve effectively.

This book is more than a list of phrases to use and phrases to avoid. Haugk goes deeper by explaining the context in which our words can help and hurt. He also addresses our own need to “fix things” by offering platitudes, reading material and resources. He gives alternatives so that we can reset our patterns of support to ways that will edify and comfort. He describes how sometimes, when there is nothing to say, our presence, and sensitve silence, can be comforting to someone in need. In addition, Haugk addresses the use of humor and its role in healing.

Finally, Haugk emphasizes that we can play a small part in a much broader experience if we are able to carefully and lovingly respond to suffering. He reminds us that when we reach out to people who are suffering, we are “stepping into a holy place, into the other person’s unique universe of selfhood, need and pain. It is holy because when you enter in, you will find jesus alrady there ahead of you–in that unique person. What a privilege!”

Wishing you the privilege of comforting others~

Weekly Wrap and 5 Facts

Hope everyone has had a great week! Here are some highlights from our home and ministry…

  • Our Key Team is planning some fun JAM Sessions in 2012…stay tuned for scheduling to see if we’ll be in your area (or contact us if you’re interested in having us come and work in your city!)
  • Tomorrow, Rebecca Hamilton and I, along with Rebecca’s daughter, Abby and my daughter, Annie, will be teaching at JANUARY THAW (Cleveland Catholic Diocese.) The topic: Out of the Box Outreach.
  • The kids have begun a new semester…I think everyone likes a fresh start!
  • Listened to Margot Starbuck on Midday Connection this week…our family is reading Margot’s book, Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving your Neighbor. HIGHLY recommend this!! (Margot and I went to the same camp when we were kids, and I was so happy to learn about what she is doing!)

And now…

5 Facts for Friday:

1. I did not win a Golden Globe this year. So disappointing.
2. Regarding regulations for network television, the Supreme Court commented, “One cannot tell what is indecent and what isn’t.” Really? Maybe we should get some kindergartners on the high court…I’m pretty sure they know the difference.
3. Pot roast on a snowy evening = pure comfort.
4. Congrats to my fabulous in-laws, Winslow and Barbara Wetherbee, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this week!
5. Sometimes parenting requires heroic acts of trust and courage.

Have a warm weekend~