The time to prepare for an emergency is not when you’re faced with one.
“I’m not feeling well. Could you come over….quickly.”
When you hear these words on the other end of the phone, in the middle of the night you react without hesitation – especially when it’s one of your parents. When I ran across the street I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. I called 911 and I thought all I needed to do was turn on the outside porch light, make sure she stayed awake, make her as comfortable as possible and wait for the ambulance to arrive and they would take over and make her feel better.
Boy, was I wrong! As soon as the EMT’s arrived the medical questions started. I was supposed to know my Mother’s:
- medical history
- why she was taking them
- past surgeries
- blood type
- chronic illnesses
- medical procedure dates
- doctor contact information
- DNR requests or if she was an organ donor.
“Who are they kidding?”, I thought to myself. I couldn’t answer any of those questions about myself, let alone about someone else. The truth was, I couldn’t answer any medical questions regarding my Mother’s prescriptions or her medical history – I even got her birth-date wrong because I was in panic mode. I didn’t even know if she wore dentures or contacts. We just never talked about “this stuff”. The feeling of helplessness was overwhelming and everything was happening so fast. I was my Mother’s “emergency contact person” and I was no help at all. The EMT’s and medical professionals at the hospital literally have seconds to make critical, lifesaving decisions regarding our loved ones.
I never thought about my Mother getting sick. I never thought that I’d be faced with such a life threatening emergency for a family member. I just didn’t think about the importance of knowing her medical history and having the information available at my fingertips. I never thought about knowing that information for my husband or my kids either. I just didn’t think about “emergencies” or “what if….” happens. And I knew that no one would be able to answer any medical questions about me either.
I was faced with a problem that terrifying day and I never wanted to be in that situation again. I wanted to create a solution for families that was easy to use, easy to understand, easy to afford, easy to manage, and I knew that I didn’t want my Mother’s medical information plastered all over the World Wide Web for hackers to access. MIMI – My Instant Medical Information was the answer. MIMI was created with the assistance of medical professionals and other emergency response teams. Their most important requests for the development of MIMI was:
- Don’t put it on a flash drive. We will never put that in our computer system and take the risk of a virus.
- Don’t put it on a bracelet. We don’t walk around with scanners.
- Don’t put it on a cell phone! We are restricted by user name and passwords and it takes too long to find what we need to know.
- Anything that needs to be downloaded wastes valuable time.
We listened. MIMI was developed for a desktop/laptop computer that you manage in the privacy of your home. You enter in your health information and then print it off and hand it to medical professionals. Routine doctor visits – hand a MIMI to the receptionist and minimize the written information needed on medical forms. Emergencies – hand your MIMI to the EMT’s and they don’t have to waste time asking countless questions or waiting for something to download and print. Since MIMI is already printed you’re saving valuable time and providing correct and current medical information. You don’t have to worry that you forgot to mention something.
I use MIMI all the time for my Mother, my family and for myself. I hope you will consider making MIMI your family’s health advocate as well.
Wouldn’t you rather have MIMI and not need it than to need MIMI and not have it?
Julie Slayton – Proud Mom, Grateful Daughter, Caregiver