My life changed completely on December 11, 2005. That was the day that my chronic pelvic pain began seemingly out of nowhere. Since then I’ve been to numerous doctors and tried many therapies and medication. I’m much more conscious about the importance of taking care of your health. We are given one body and it’s up to us to treat it well and make sure we take care of ourselves.
Recently, I learned about the Emergency Profile from Telus Health who is in partnership with the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation. It’s basically an online service where you can organize all your important health information conveniently into one spot in case of a medical emergency. There’s a printable wallet card that you can carry with you with just in case. Plus, it’s free to sign up!
For me personally, the Emergency Profile brings me peace of mind. I have listed my medications and my latex allergy as well as my health condition. I feel much better knowing that health care providers will know about my condition and my allergies just in case I’m not able to tell them. I travel alone quite a bit and this information is definitely crucial should something happen to me!
It’s also a good thing to have as a parent. My kids go to their grandparents in Ontario for part of the summer and I’m able to share their Emergency Profile with my mom and dad. You can also share it electronically (or print it out) with babysitters, daycare, teachers or whomever you think needs this information. Plus, your information is secure and safe thanks to Microsoft Health Vault.
How to Sign Up
It’s so easy to create your Emergency Profile!
1. Visit www.emergencyprofile.com
2. Click on “Get started”
3. Enter basic information
4. Enter health information and emergency contacts
5. Save information
6. View, print and share information
I was extremely impressed when I was filling out my profile. My medications and the dosages popped right up as I started typing in the first few letters and then I just had to click it to add it in. However, the biggest thing that impressed me is that my health condition was listed! Seriously almost everyone I talk to (including medical professionals) have never even heard of vulvodynia, but there it was when I started typing in the first few letters!
After you create your Emergency Profile, check out myhealthreference.com. It has a wealth of health-related information with information about various conditions/diseases, medications, quizzes & tools and even a tool to check your symptoms! I’ve bookmarked this page because I can see myself coming back and using it for reference.
I encourage you to set up your Emergency Profile and have peace of mind knowing that your information is available in case something happens.