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reth1nk: Medical ID

 When I was in high school, my brother was diagnosed with diabetes. There was a lot of stuff he had to carry with him at all times while he figured out how best to manage the changes to his routines.
 One of the most important things that came with the new found information was his Medical ID bracelet.
 We all had ID bracelets when we were younger which we associated with an overly worried mother who thought it was more likely we would get lost and would need to ask an adult to help us get back to the address listed on this trinket on our wrist.
 The realization that it was a practical tool in the event should he not be able to communicate was a bit jarring. What happens if he isn't wearing it? Should he get the info tattooed?
 When I heard an EMT discussing that a Medical ID feature had been added to smart phones, I thought this was genius. Should you need to update or change anything you didn't need to wait for a jewel to stamp a piece of metal and should you have a lot of issues you weren't limited by the finite amount of real estate without finding yourself wearing a gauntlet. I had immediately gone in and entered my emergency contact information and important health considerations in the notes section. Then I communicated to those in my family that I had done so and they should do the same.
 It was when looking up how to dial 9-1-1 from the lock screen, that I found an iPhoneLife article about that and they linked to their walk through of updating the Medical ID info on the phone.
 I think this is the sort of small thing that is easy to do and we all might take for granted, but should the need ever arise, you'd be so appreciative you had done it.


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