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diy flash drive medic alert bracelet

ok so several months ago I developed a rash from my medic alert necklace chain and even after switching to a better quality chain, it didn't get better. So I stopped wearing it. I have been meaning to get a new one, but just haven't gotten another one. I have been wearing the dog tag on my backpack, but doubt if I had a seizure or low blood sugar in public that EMS would even think to look at the outside zipper area of my backpack.

I have been thinking about getting one of those USB flash drive bracelets, with the medical symbol, but they are so expensive. Some of them are over 40 dollars and don't even hold that much. Maybe 512 MB. Crazy. Just because it has a medical symbol on it. And it comes pre-programmed with some medical form to fill out. I don't have that kind of money to spend on a medical alert.

So today, at Target, I found (please don't laugh, or at least laugh with me) a Hannah Montana 1G USB flash drive bracelet on clearance for $3.49. OK, so it is purple with a picture of Hannah Montana on it. I can work with that. I actually just printed out two address labels with my name and main conditions and "USB flash drive bracelet, full med info" on it until I figure out something better. I added two files to it - my emergency page, my medicine page, and now I can't think of what else should be in here. These are the two pages I always carry in my wallet. But now I have all this space!

Also, do EMS (ambulance) workers and emergency room workers really have access to computers, and would they really look up my medical info in an emergency? And what format should it be in? It is in MS Word now, but up to now it has been in paper form, so it didn't matter. I can make it in more than one format easy, but don't know what is a universal format. PDF? plain text?

If anyone has any other suggestions, I would be glad to hear them. Thanks in advance.

Btw, I just looked, and the Target web site has the bracelets listed as 7.99, so the price I got must have been at the local store, not the web.

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Hey! Long time no see. I thought you would never update again...

It seems to me you could go to the dollar store (the one where everything is really a dollar) and get an all-plastic chain to wear around your neck or an all-plastic bracelet for your wrist. String the MedAlert badge onto that?

(Anonymous)

Med bracelet

You are so creative! I have access to a Med Flash drive that holds more info than you probably need! I work in an ER and yes the Medics have access on board. They have to have a PC for their GPS.

If you are interested, call me or e-mail momadance4sam@yahoo.com 916 303-0300 My name is Jan $ 25.00

encrypted flash drive

Hundreds of millions of USB flash drives are currently in operation around the world, with the vast majority not offering proper encrypted flash drive

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January 2009

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