There are numerous items that I always carry with me, my inhaler, my portable nebuliser, my mobile phone and my asthma ‘bible’
My asthma bible is basically something very similar to a credit card holder, a small leather wallet with clear plastic pockets inside. Within these pockets are small laminated cards which has vital information on them. I always carry it with me and if ever I have an attack it contains all the information that a paramedic, doctor or nurse need. It has proved very useful on more occasions than I care to remember. Usually during an attack it is hard to speak and even if I can manage to speak it is almost impossible to get all the information across. Every medical professional who has seen or had to use my ‘bible’ all agree that it is a potential life saver.
The first card carries the equivalent of an action plan, giving information of my peak flows, what symptoms I usually display, notes or comments which as can be seen on the card below advises that I don’t usually wheeze and that my SP02 levels do not always drop. This card also advises what hospital treatment usually works fir me and a couple of other medical details.
The next sleeve in the wallet contains a card that displays my current medication (I always feel that it is worth putting a date on the card as if like me your medication keeps changing it is easy to carry an out of date card. Both my action plan card and medication card are both just done on my computer, printed out, cut to size age placed in a laminate pouch.
The next cards in my ‘bible’ contains my contact details, my wife / next of kin details along with contact details of my respiratory consultant and GP. In the next sleeves are just general medical condition cards that somebody gave to me which clearly state my 2 main medical conditions, as shown below.
On previous occasions I have also carried a USB card which can be useful as you can put you full medical details on it, in theory these are great but I found that in practice nobody in hospital ever looked at them.
I know that a lot of people carry there medical information on their phone which is something that I also do, however in an emergency I find that a paramedic can find the information that they need a lot quicker and easier by looking in my ‘bible’ rather than searching through a mobile phone which may also be locked / pin protected.
The actual wallet / credit card holder can be purchased quite easily on the high street or online. Mine was purchased from a company on line called Yellow Cross who specialise in things such as medication bags etc. They currently sell the wallets for £4.67. Their website is www.yellowcross.co.uk
My laminate pouches were purchased on line and work out at only a few pence each. The full ‘bible’ is quite small and fits easily into my pocket. My family and workmates are aware that I carry it as well and so if ever I have a bad attack which leaves me unable to speak or communicate they can tell the paramedic / ambulance driver about it.