I am very new to heart problems and really appreciate any guidance on how to make sure people are aware of my condition if they need to be and I can't tell them...
I had a (still unexplained) cardiac arrest out of the blue on 3 April and an ICD, with pacing and shocking functions, fitted on 20 April.
I have been told that I need to carry an ICD info card everywhere with me. It's a peice of A4 paper that folds down . As I am very new to this, I'm not sure if this is what everyone with an ICD has, and if the having it on me all the time is due to my investigations being ongoing at the moment. I am also still recovering from memory loss from the cardiac arrest so may have got some info confused😕
Now I am getting back on my feet, I am starting to wonder how practical this card carrying is actually going to be. I'm a 20 something woman - most my clothes are pocketless, or have pockets considerably smaller than the card! I also love sports and plan to be back to swimming on the beach this summer - pending medical all clear
I am aiming to carry on with as much of my previously active and independent lifestyle as possible. I am very lucky that my consultant says I should be able to do this in time. I'm just not sure how realistic it is to hope that someone would actually check my handbag for the card if I became unconscious while out, or how I should handle this when I start being more active again.
I would really appreciate others' views. Is medical alert/ID jewellery a good solution? And welcome any other tips on this issue.
June edit: I got the bracelet shown in the photo attached from Celtic Shore via Etsy.