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Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« on: October 03, 2011, 04:23:41 pm »
Now that I have titaium mesh in my head I was thinking I should get a medic alert bracelet.  Just in case something happens and I cant speak for myself.  Do a lot of ANers wear these?   :)
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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 04:27:52 pm »
I don't.  Never thought about it actually since titanium is safe in MRIs and does not set off airport security detectors.   ;D

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Right MVD for trigeminal neuralgia, 1994, Pittsburgh, PA
Left retrosigmoid 2.6 cm AN removal, February, 2008, Duke U
Tumor regrew to 1.3 cm in February, 2011
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Oticon Ponto Pro abutment implant at same time; processor added August, 2011

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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 12:28:05 pm »
New Girl ~

I don't believe an AN surgery patient has the need to wear a 'Medic Alert' bracelet.  I don't.  Those are usually for people suffering from a specific medical condition or wearing a implanted medical advice. None of this applies to post-surgical AN patients.    As Clarice noted, the titanium mesh does not affect undergoing an MRI scan or set off metal detectors.  No special precautions are necessary.  A 'Medic Alert' bracelet would be useful only in the event that you required emergency skull surgery and even then, an X-ray would be taken first (perhaps even an MRI scan) and the titanium mesh would be visible, thus making the surgeon aware of it.  So, not to worry. :)

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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 07:42:15 pm »
I've been thinking of getting one too. If for no other reason but to alert emergency personnel that I am deaf in my right ear and they need to talk in my left.  :)
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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 11:20:58 am »
I think SSD would be important to know.  They make all sorts of bracelets and necklaces now.  My concern was that if I get in a car crash and hit my head the emergency responders at the scene may need to know that my head is atypical.  Hopefully it never happens but you never know.
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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 02:12:47 pm »
New girl ~

If you believe it would be prudent to wear a 'medic alert' bracelet that states you're SSD and have titanium mesh implanted in your skull, then I see no reason why you shouldn't do so.  My earlier response was based on my personal preference but certainly does not apply to anyone else.  I sense that you feel a need to wear a 'medic alert' bracelet and on that basis I think you should do what seems right for you.  Wearing such a bracelet surely can do no harm and could prove valuable in the event of a catastrophe that left you unable to inform medical personnel of your SSD and titanium mesh implant so, go for it.  :)     

Jim 
4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

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Re: Medic Alert Bracelets / Necklaces
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 04:37:53 pm »
Thanks Jim!  All input/advice is appreciated.  :)
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