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Carry Emergency Information With You at All Times
> As I have become older, the important medical information has increased
> and it is now difficult to squeeze everything I want to record on a
> wallet-sized card. The last time I updated the wallet card, I had
> difficulty squeezing everything onto two sides of a small card. I began
> to think about alternatives, such as folding a larger sheet of paper in
> half or into quarters, or something similar. However, laminating a
> folded card provides a few additional challenges.
> I then realized that I always have a USB jump drive in my pocket.
> Always. Every few years, as prices drop, I replace it with a new jump
> drive with higher capacity. The jump drive in my pocket at this moment
> has been there so long that all the labeling, including the
> manufacturer's name, has worn off. However, that makes no difference to
> its operation.
> I also know that all hospitals have computers with USB connections and
> even most ambulances carry laptop computers these days with the same.
> Even the cheapest jump drive with only a small amount of storage space
> can store much more information than what I can print on a wallet-sized
> card.
> *New Plan*
> I created a new card for my wallet containing basic information: my
> name, address, Social Security Number, phone number, a list of my
> prescription medicines, and a sentence that says:
> In case of medical emergency, please find the USB jump drive in my
> pocket. Open the file "In case of medical emergency please read
> this.txt."
> I placed the same information that was on the wallet-sized card into the
> new text file of that name plus a lot more information. I listed names
> and phone numbers of all my closest relatives. I entered my allergies,
> my blood type, a list of medicines that I take, along with a comment
> that none of these medicines are critical to life or death. That is, I
> can go a few days without them, if necessary. I also added the dosage
> sizes of each prescription.
> In addition, I entered my dietary restrictions, my recent eyeglasses
> prescription (I scanned that and included it both as a .jpg file and a
> .pdf file), and even a list of recent foreign trips I have taken, in
> case I picked up some rare tropical disease. I doubt if that happened,
> but HEY! it's theoretically possible.
> If I had a full-time employer, I would have entered that information
> along with contact information for the company as well as direct phone
> numbers for my immediate manager and for the H.R. department.
> I entered my insurance information, just in case the emergency personnel
> cannot find the insurance card in my wallet.
> For a while, I debated whether or not to include my home address or
> Social Security Number. At first, I was concerned that the information
> might fall into the wrong hands if my pocket was picked or some other
> loss occurred. Then I realized that the same information was already on
> my driver's license which is stored in the same wallet as the laminated
> card. If a thief can steal my jump drive, he probably is also stealing
> the wallet as well. Keeping that info off the jump drive or off the
> wallet-sized card won't accomplish anything when the same information is
> already available elsewhere in the wallet!
> I did omit the home addresses of my relatives, however. I only gave
> their first names and telephone numbers. I didn't even include their
> relationship to me, I simply wrote, "Call these people."
> ......From EOGN