Sharing just a little of your medical history with loved ones could help save your life.
Physical (or digital) documentation
You might have some medical records in your home, or on your computer, right now and not even realize it. They’re usually not top of mind, so here are some examples: immunization records, X-rays, MRI results, and dental records. While some of these might be good only for nostalgia, others could be helpful if you need procedures in the future.
Prescriptions and other meds
You don’t need to reveal any medication you’re taking for a condition you’d rather keep private from everyone but your doctor and closest family members. But if there’s a possibility that medication could save your life, or cause a severe reaction when mixed with other medications, you might want to share the name of the meds, dosage, location, and additional instructions with people who might need to know.
If you have seasonal allergies, it’s usually no big deal. If one peanut could put you in the hospital for a week, you really ought to let people know about it. This is why you should consider telling friends, family, associates, and your human resources department of any severe allergies you have and where you keep your medication.
This can be a touchy subject because no one wants to be judged or shamed for a condition they’re forced to manage for the rest of their lives. However, there are some people in your life who might need this information at some point. For example, a child could be completely unaware of a blood condition that runs in the family. By sharing the type of illness, associated treatment or medication (if applicable), and doctors who have helped manage the condition, you could help family members identify a condition before it arises.
Medical equipment can cost your family money
There’s a possibility that medical equipment you think you own needs to be returned at some point. Something as simple as a piece of physical therapy equipment you needed while recovering from leg surgery could result in a huge bill from an insurance or supply company. To prevent your spouse or kid from throwing away what could be thousands of dollars of hardware, keep track of any devices you’ve gotten through your insurance as well as the equipment provider’s information.
Do you think revealing certain medical conditions to others is a smart move or TMI?
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