I'm normally not into selling or aggressively plugging specific products here, but I'm making an exception today for a couple of new Diabetes Emergency Supplies that could really help our community. You may remember that a while back I was patching together my own little diabetes emergency kit, after some reflection on my chances for survival with Type 1 diabetes during a hurricane, tornado, flood or other emergency.
Well, clearly I'm not the only PWD who's had this revelation. Gillian Miller of the diabetes supply clearinghouse DiabetesandMore.com had the same idea, during a recent earthquake in Southern California. As Gillain's 7-year-old Type 1 daughter was diving under a table to stay safe, all Gillian could think was, "What about her insulin? We may lose electricity."
So here's her creation, the world's first commercially available Diabetes Emergency Kit:
For $49.99, the kit includes enough supplies to keep you going for about a week: syringes, glucose tabs and gel, alcohol pads, needle clipper, etc. It does not include insulin, but does provide a Frio cooling pouch to keep your insulin safe for up to 45 hours at a time. It also doesn't include a glucose meter, but you'll have the option of adding a SideKick meter with 50 test strips and disposable lancets for an extra fee (TBD) if you like.
Another, potentially even more powerful, medical emergency tool has just been launched by reader Stephanie Cion, who suffers from a rare nerve disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. One day while at work, she experienced a septic reaction to her latest treatment. Luckily, she just happened to be on the phone her oncologist at the time. "Otherwise I likely would have collapsed and possibly died as know one knew about my condition - let alone about my treatment. The experience crystallized for me that in an emergency there was basically no way to convey my emergency medical information," she writes.
What came out of all this was the ingenious new WELLalarmâ„¢ system. It utilizes "smart" health ID jewelry, key chains, labels and stickers that each include a unique WELL-ID number, a toll-free number and an emergency URL that enables bystanders and first responders to access vital medical information from your account in an emergency.
Here's a look at some of the cute charms for kids:
They also offer an array of "smart" bracelets or necklaces for men and women in silver, brushed silver, vermeil and gold.
So the WELLalarmâ„¢ system like a technical upgrade from MedicAlert, which offers a similar service but only through a toll-free telephone number. The bracelets and charms there are not embedded with "smart" technology.
They're not cheap. Prices start at about $170 for the Petite Bead Bracelet in silver. But all include a full year's worth of Wellalarm premium service.
The Wellalarm Team has generously offered DiabetesMine readers a discount of $15 off any charm. Just enter this code when ordering: diabetesmine. Offer expires at the end of Diabetes Awareness Month, 11/30/2008 (Wellalarm plans to donate a portion of profits to support diabetes research throughout November).
A couple of good offers to help us start getting disaster-ready. Know of anything else we should have in our emergency kits? Please share.