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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ROAD ID...A Good Idea.

"The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you." ~ Brendan Behan

If someone loves you, or not, this particular item is well worth purchasing.  I know.  I know.  I can hear it now: "Why should I have to wear something like this, fer cryin' out loud?  It's not like accidents happen everyday!"  You're right.  Accidents don't happen you.  But, if you were involved in an accident, having worked in an emergency room for several decades, I can testify how difficult it can be to identify people who are brought in unconscious, head injured, or dead not to mention trying to figure out who next of kin is.  Looking through a wallet or a purse is no guarantee that there's info in there that would help identify next of kin.  Check your wallet or purse right now.  Any info in there to help someone contact next of kin?  Unlikely.  It's just the way it is.  Men usually carry wallets that I could rumage through to see if I could ID the person and figure out how to contact family or friends.  As I said, however, how many people carry this info in their walllets?  As a rule, women, who generally carry purses, are likely not to have their purses brought in with them.  Frequently, it's at the scene of the accident or whatever happened and trying to ID the person is frustrating because I'd have to wait until the police arrived with the purse, which sometimes took hours.  Even if the purse did accompany them to the ER, again, would there be contact info in the purse?  Most likely, no.  While calling the family of someone who has been in an accident is hard to do, watching someone die alone because I wasn't able to contact anyone is even harder.  So, while family and friends think their loved one is out and about, they are, in reality, dead or unconscious in an emergency room because no one can figure out who the hell they are. Extreme you say?  Bullshit.  I saw this occur frequently in my time working in ERs in Arizona, Oregon, and New Mexico.  So, yes, it happens in your State, too.

With the Road ID, this can be a thing of the past.  No, I don't work for this company nor do I get paid by them to say this.
I purchased mine (a yellow, basic one...see photos above) before I left on my cross country solo bicycle ride in 2010. Made me, and my wife, feel more comfortable that I'd at least be identified. Whatever else happened, well, that's something I have little control over. But identifying myself for others, if I'm unable to do so, is critical and something I can make sure happens. The Interactive Road ID puts URL for a website where information can be stored  and can then be accessed by emergency room staff.  It's where you can put even more detailed health information about you should that be necessary. I'm relatively healthy so mine has blood type and year of birth, so they'll know I'm a geezer if they couldn't tell that already. It also has my wife's and nephew's contact information and POA (power of attorney) for healthcare decisions listed on it with phone numbers. Can't emphasized enough how criticall this information is in an emergency. Without it, medical staff are flying blind. Sure, they can do it without this information, but having it sure makes their life, and yours, easier.

The price for one of these starts at $19.95. Pretty cheap for such a good thing. The Interactive one is a bit more expensive, but worth it should you have medical issues that warrant it. I've had mine for over three years now. Just toss this one in the washing machine with a load of clothes and, voila, it's brand spanking clean and new looking. I love this thing. While in Ireland, I wore mine just in case I fell off a bar stool and Eileen didn't know about it because she was fiddlin' away in a session. Seriously though, it was easy to wear and people didn't even notice it.

If for no one else but yourself, or for the ER crew, put this on your list of things to buy, your birthday list, or Christmas list. I wear mine every time I head out the door on my bicycle or if I'm headed out of town by bike or car. If you're a woman, it's even more important to have something like this on your wrist or ankle. Check out the testimonies from people whose Road IDs have helped them. Yes, it helps sell these things, but, so what? For $20 plus shipping, this thing could help save your life. Don't know about you, but I think I'm worth it.

Now, a tune to exit with...Paddy, Seamus, and Kevin Glackin playing fiddle...doing Glen Road to Carrick, Scotch Mary, and Wild Irishman. Paddy was a founding member of The Bothy Band. Enjoy.