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Medic Alert Emergency Support Network

Life with a nonverbal autistic teen son is never predictable. Since entering high school my son Matthew has taken it upon himself to go out the back door when he feels like roaming the streets of Los Angeles. These instances have occurred before bedtime when I was distracted, as well as the early hours of the morning before daybreak.

The very last time he was laughing as I grabbed him off the front door step at 4 AM. There have been a few escapes off the school campus that resulted with the K-9 unit and LAPD helicopters.

Matthew has been found at the same location twice, plus one time he was half way to the desired destination. Therefore, it was necessary to get emergency identification. Medic Alert was my first choice because I wanted something simple that would not hinder his daily life.

I placed my order online at a time when their chat was unavailable. They did send me an email before completing my membership request. On file is an Emergency Medical Information Record known as EMIR. The data I entered and verified over the phone includes the following ~

Clothing preference
Height, weight, hair, complexion, eyes
Typical mode of transportation
Hair type

If there are tattoos, birth marks or freckles these would be noted as well. I added in his fear of dogs plus that he wears adult diapers. It is also stated the place he goes to and which street he takes to get there. The EMIR has under medical that he is nonverbal and has autism. Other details include race, blood type and allergies.

The options for medical IDs were a bit overwhelming. Just the bracelets range from sterling silver, leather, bicycle chain, pewter leather, beaded, gold chain and rope chain. The other choices include dog tags, shoe tags, watch bands, necklaces and accessories.

The Kid Smart Membership enrollment includes one year of 24/7 emergency response service, access to website plus the steel medical ID bracelet.

There is a 30-day period to return the bracelet back for sizing adjustments, otherwise a fee is incurred. They are located in California. I returned the bracelet back for another inch hook to be fastened.

My main concern was that Matthew would not tolerate wearing the bracelet. I looked at this experience as a trial, assuming I would cancel the membership as soon as he tore off the bracelet. I received the bracelet the day before his annual IEP meeting.

Unbeknownst to Matthew I slipped the bracelet to his aide so he could place it on his wrist with my suggestion to his left hand. With his support team sitting around the table the experience was a breeze and hardly noticeable.

Matthew did hold his hand out in front of me a few times to get me to remove the bracelet. My response each time has been that I do not know how to do it. He seems content with wearing and sleeping with the Medic Alert bracelet securely on his wrist.

I have noticed a few times his touching the bracelet and wiggling his arm around. He might be enjoying the sensory feeling of the bracelet. It was even suggested at the IEP meeting that his aide start wearing a bracelet to help Matthew in this transition.

Thus far one week in and the Medic Alert bracelet has been a positive experience. There is a window decal for the vehicle to identify to emergency responders, as well as a wallet card. There is a warranty on the engraving and for the various bracelet options.

The toll-free number for emergency responders is twenty-four hours while the member services is on pacific standard time Monday through Saturday. At the website there is a section for members plus physicians and first responders.

This is the easiest and most affordable emergency identification system for our needs.

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