We go about our day to day lives without the thought of taking care of some issues. Those issues are of the life saving type.
Think about it: if you were unable to speak for yourself, there is no one who truly can.
I am speaking of emergency and medical issues. Who to call, what to do, what medicines do you take, any health problems. The list could go on and on.
For several years now we have all been advised to include in our cell phone directory, the name ICE. ICE means In Case Of Emergency. List the main contact number. You may include ICE 1, ICE 2 and such. If you are unable to respond in an emergency, your phone directory will allow someone to make the call to your In Case Of Emergency person.
Your wallet is another important key to information about you. You should have your driver’s license or photo I.D. in a visible section of the wallet. Include a paper with your name, date of birth, home address, emergency contacts, medical conditions, list of all medications and other information special to you. Keep this paper with the photo I.D.
Even in the safety of our own home, we should have written or typed information readily available for emergency personnel. Keep the information in a vial in the refrigerator. That is what we all have been advised to do. The vial should be clearly marked In Case Of Emergency.
This may not be a concern to you. It should be. You always have to be able to take care of yourself. These are ways in which you can care for yourself in the event you cannot speak or respond.
I have to credit this life saving column to my sister Carolyn. She cares about people. She cares about family and friends. She has always been the care giver type. I admire her for being so strong. She actually made me sit down with her and prepare an emergency list that is in my wallet. Yes, she has her list too. Do this for yourself and your family. To save a life we have to be prepared, all of us.
Barbara Newell is a freelance writer and owner of Barbara Newell, Inc., Inspections, Consulting, Mold Testing and Home Watch. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 495-7857 or 234-0038.