Medic Alert Products

I don't often ask questions, and although it's not fibro related (for which I apologise, but I trust people here :-) ). I wonder if anyone has any experience with acquiring medic alert products.

As well as fibro and various other things I have a blood clotting disorder similar in some ways to haemophilia. As I am normally within easy reach of my local haematologist it's not too much of a problem, and they are aware that they cannot give me the normal treatment as I had an anaphylactic reaction to DDAVP. I am hoping to go abroad for my first holiday in 8 years and I suddenly thought, I can get by with Italian which is good because most of my hols have been in Tuscany. This year I'm off to Kos, one of the Greek Islands and am wondering if it might be a good idea to get myself some form of medic alert just incase of any problems as I know their standard treatment would be the DDAVP.

Sorry for the waffle, but I would be very grateful if you have any knowledge about how to apply and roughly what sort of cost is involved ?

Many thanks in anticipation :-)

Foggy x

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  • Hello Foggy, I would highly recommend Medic Alert products if you are going abroad. It would give you peace of mind knowing that if the worst should happens your medical details can be accessed quickly. To find out more details of cost etc Google Medic Alert Uk. You will find out what you need to know.

    Best wishes.


  • Hi Inkspot

    I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and I genuinely hope that you find it as much use as I do?

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • Hi Ken,

    Thanks for welcoming me to the forum, & so far I have found lots of interesting information.

    Take care


  • Hi Inkspot

    Welcome indeed to this caring loopy site. Oh, there's a bit of knowledge too. :P

  • Thank you so much Geraldine, I will most certainly go and take a peep at Medic Alert UK.....Duhhhhh. Why didn't i think of that lalala :o

    I would also like to welcome you to our forum, which I to my mind is one of the very best sites you can come to for advice and support. If you go to our mother site.

    you will find lots of information which might interest you and also has lists of fibro groups across the country, which might include the area you live.

    A lot of us consider that laughter is a very good help with easing pain as it releases feel good endorphins. If you go over to the posts side you will see more of our fun and games and do feel to join in if you feel like it :-)

    I'm sending lots positive vibes your way too :-)

    Foggy x

  • Foggy, you can get these at chemists, I do believe they Arden them for you and can get them engraved, that's what I have been told, but if you want real fancy ones then your best going on line to medic alert, hope you get some have you been my friend are you feeling any better.....gentle hugs ...Dee xxx

  • I'm a little bit better thanks Dee, a week if new meds seem to be kicking in ...... At last :-) thank you :-) How are you doing ? are you enjoying the new doglet ?

    Foggy x

  • Hi Foggy,

    Thanks for welcoming me to the forum. Isn't it always the case, when the obvious is under our nose, we think "now why did I not think of that? At least we can blame it on Fibro Fog!

    I've never really belonged to a forum before, but have visited the fibroaction web site, and found it to be excellent for good and informative information.

    I do agree with you on laughter, and & I think living with Fibro, it's often the case that if you don't laugh, you would cry!

    I'm not too good with technology, but I'm sure in time, I'll get the hang of things.

    I hope that you're feeling a good bit better, and that your meds will get sorted out.

    Thanks for the positive vibes, & I'll send some back to you.


  • I going to have my conditions tattooed on the inside of my wrist don't run the risk of a reaction to the metals and I have found some really nice ideas x

  • Hi Colegg

    You know what will happen don't you? As soon as you have them tattooed on your arm they will find a cure for all your illnesses? Mind you, I bet you could live with that?

    Take care

    Ken x

  • I'll get mine tattooed to the inside of my skull. That way I might remember. Now where was I . . . . .?

  • That's about the only place I would allow anyone to tattoo :p :d

  • Hi Foggy

    I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? I am going with Inkspot, Medic Alert UK are probably the biggest for this. Many of the High Street Pharmacies have their leaflets on the counter as well.

    Spero che godiate la vostra vacanza il mio amico

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • Molto grazi Ken ma purtroppo, io non ho intenzione di bella Toscana, ma per l'isola greca di Kos

    Foggy x

  • Kos is a wonderful place! Enjoy my friend! x x x x

  • Have you been there Ken ?I'm so concerned that it might not be lovely enough for my sister in law, even though we are staying in a 5* hotel! I still want there to be other things! hopefully historical to look into :-)

    Foggy x

  • Yes but a long time ago, it is a beautiful place, modern areas but still with its rustic charm and history in other parts, but as I say, it was a long time ago. I really hope that you both love it my friend.

    Take care

    Ken x

  • Hi Foggy, there are lots of different types of medical ID products out there and second the google route to find the best one for you. I wear an "identify yourself" one which has a metal engraved plate on a silicon wrist strap (like the charity wrist straps) which is very comfortable & gives me peace of mind (as well as Fibro, I have a brain aneurysm & allergic to local aneasthetics).


  • Thank you for this agtf I'm not great with metals so this is a very good option - will certainly look into it :-)

    Foggy x

  • lots of good responses, just best wishes for a great holiday.

  • Thanks, I'm off to Kos in Sept, so I'm much looking forward to it :-)

    Foggy x

  • Hi Foggy,

    It is a very good thing to have! I got one for my daughter by getting the jeweler to engrave a bracelet for me. But I do feel when abroad something with appropriate color also helps so I will wear a lympodema one when I am away. Get these on site I dont suppose you get one from a site that covers your particular problems.

    Good luck


  • Thanks gins, I rather like the idea of agft1 which the silicone band as metals can cause problems for me. I might on the VW site and see what they have on offer, tho methinks they would all say "administer DDAVP" which is the preferred treatment, the one I can't have :o

    Foggy x

  • Hi there in our doctors they hav a leaflet with medic alert products and they r in gold silver also stainless steel so tou can choose your price range also many jewellers have them good luck xx

  • Hi, I have anaphyalaxia so got a simple silver bracelet and went to a site that did silver discs that can be engraved with the medic symbol on one side and name, dial emergency and anaphylaxia on t'other. Do a websearch on Medical Alert bracelets, there are so many available. But do get the medic symbol in a colour, it doesn't show up well silver on silver. Happy hols, Lynn x

  • Thank you, I will be doing some research now :-)

    Foggy x

  • I have a "utag - ice" card that has a usb that you put all your info on & hospitals world over can put in their computer & read off medical info you uploaded onto it. Not needed it yet but better safe than sorry.xx

  • Gosh, thank you Nanuuk , that's another very good idea :-)

    Foggy x

  • They have different ones so there would be one that suits you.

    I LOVE KOS!!! Not been since the arrival of big fluffy in my profile pic but seriously thinking of going back to Tingaki this year.

    Have a fabulous time!xx

  • Thank you again, and I'm pleased you like Kos, we're staying at a five star hotel in Lambi called The Diamond Deluxe, but I want to try and to find the 'bubble beach' which is a bit further down the west coast. Could I ask, are they quite English speaking friendly ? I really do hope so, Greek is a lot harder than Italian :o

    I'm sorry you too have had spinal fractures, are you mobile ? I've had compression fractures of L4 & L5 and T8 which I think are nowhere near as bad as one caused by an accident such as yours.

    I'm sending lots of positive healing vibes your way :-)

    Foggy x

  • Oh that sounds painful!! I only fractured T4 & bruised & battered the rest of me! (Plus spina bifida in lumbosacral!)

    There are a couple of thermal springs if memory serves, the one Ive been to is an awful looooong way back up! (Tip - wear sandals in the water.)

    Yes, they are very english speaking generally. If you need a tour guide... lol!

  • Aww ouch, you have my fullest sympathy.

    I had already twigged footwear for being in the sea, can't of course remember why lalalala :-) ...... I'll give you a yell if we needa guide :-)

  • I got the best answer for you my friend.......... take me with you - I'll be your med alert :)

    Boing boing!!

    Me and the Flufffies will have to come to protect you from the un-mentionables anyway :D

    ....................... and we'll stay out the way :o promise :D :D :D

  • Me too. Take me, take me :p :P :P :P

    Have you tried that online shop thingummy?

    Who's looking after doglets :?

  • Hi my friend, I'm busy looking online :-)

    Not sure about the doglets yet, I'm rather worried about it for poor Poppie if I put them in kennels. Alternatively I could bribe some nice person to come and move in for a week so the doglets are in familiar surroundings :-)

    Foggy x

  • When you going? :)

  • On the 4th September ......not sure how many "sleeps" ( ha flippin ha ). my sister in law up who I'm taking with me is doing the counting bit :-)

    Foggy x

  • Me again... Im currently housebound after falling downstairs & fracturing my spine. Ive had to employ a dog walking service (lot harder tan it sounded!) But they are amazing with her and THEY DO HOME BOARDING ie doglet goes on holiday too but to their house instead of concrete kennels... Im sure the house kittie fluffies too (Ive 3 of those comedians).

    I just Id throw in that option.xx

  • Ŵell there's an idea, it would be lovely to have good company. :-)

  • yay! xxx

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