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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Recently while we were traveling about 200 miles from home, my DH became ill and had to be transported by ambulance to the ER. One of the first questions they asked when we arrived there was did we have such things as a Living Will, a directive on health issues, and power of attorney.
Gee whiz, we do, BUT they are back home! So that taught me a lesson, anytime we are traveling, I have made copies of these important papers and they are going with us, JUST IN CASE. I do not want to be caught without the ability to make these decisions until I can get home to get the paperwork. They assured me if I had copies, they would honor them. So, I am passing this information on so that others will think of these things and carry this important information along.
I also will carry along the latest blood tests and other pertinent health information as the hospital could not get a response from DH's doctors and the hospital did not answer their request for his records in the 5 days we were there. So, if you have any health issues, you might also want to be sure you have as much information with you as you can. I always carried a list of our doctors, their phone and fax numbers, a list of medications being taken and of hospitalizations and health conditions but I am finding I need to be sure I carry even more because you cannot depend on everyone responding and it might be the difference between getting the care you need immediately.
I hope this will help some of you avoid the problems that we encountered. We were extremely lucky that the hospital DH was taken to took a proactive approach and I had enough information to help them a lot but if I had had his last bloodwork, they would have had something to compare his current test results with.
I truly hope you never need any of this, but it is always best to be prepared and not need it than wishing you were prepared.
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    Thanks for this very important information. I will make sure to make copies of our and put them in our motor home, etc.
    3199 days ago
    Great advice!
    3200 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Pat, you must be a great neighbour and friend! Always thinking of others, and sharing the lessons you've learned so that we can learn from them. Thank you so much. I am glad things have worked out for your hubby -- whew!
    3204 days ago
    This is good advice. You can also scan these documents and email them to yourself. I've done that with my passport, visa, transcripts and some medical records.

    I hope your DH has recovered.
    3204 days ago
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    Thank you Pat, I keep saying I need to make a Living Will. What I need to do is quit saying it and do it.
    I hope you and dh are having a restful, wonderful day. Enjoy the BBQ!
    3204 days ago
    Very good informations. We have all the paper but never thought of bring copies with us. Thanks again
    3204 days ago
    Thanks for this important reminder, Pat. I hope you have a wonderful (upcoming) trip. We'll miss you if you can't access the internet, but will LOVE hearing about the trip when you can. : )
    3204 days ago
    Beinp prepared is always a good idea. I will update all of our
    records, especially DH's to take along when we go camping
    at the State Fair. Usually he is there for 2-3 days until I arrive.
    One year he had stepped in a nail and couldn't remember
    the last time he had a tetanus shot so I had to call to the
    clinic and assure him that he was current.
    DS is leaving on a trip with the band to Washington, DC
    and I have to make sure he has a medical insurance card
    with him. He is 18 and able to make his own decisions but
    I want the chaperones to have all needed information.
    Since he surgery and additional medical procedure, I
    would feel better knowing I have given him all that he
    needs. Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

    3204 days ago
    You have helped alot of people with this.
    3205 days ago
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    Thank you for posting this Pat,a good reminder and I need to get copies of mine.Hope DH is feeling better. emoticon Diana
    3205 days ago
    Very good advice! If you have a smart phone, you can take pictures and print them if needed as well. Glad all is welll
    3205 days ago
    Good advice. Thanks for sharing. Hope he is feeling better now.
    3205 days ago
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