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What Does Mental Health Have To Do With Medical ID Jewelry?

  
  
  
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When people think of reasons a person would wear medical ID jewelry, they typically list things like diabetes, food allergies, drug allergies, epilepsy, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's. And while all of these conditions are important reasons to wear medical alert jewelry, there is one group of conditions that is largely overlooked: mental health disorders.


Customer Story of Hope: Jo Hewitt Advocates for CRPS

  
  
  
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There’s a pain rating scale called the McGill Pain Index. This scale starts at zero (no pain) and goes up to 50. A bone fracture is around a 15. Natural childbirth without preparation ranks just below amputation of a finger or toe, and both rank below a 40. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), however, tops the list at a 42.  And unlike childbirth or a broken bone, things with set beginnings and ends, CRPS never goes away.


Free Stuff Friday! Go Back To School in (Safe) Style!

  
  
  
Free Stuff Friday

What’s better than a Friday in summer? A FREE STUFF FRIDAY in summer! And better than that, today’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY brings TWO great prizes for one lucky winner! Read on!


What Is A Health Care Surrogate?

  
  
  
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Talking about health care surrogates, power of attorney representatives, medical proxies, and advance directives is something most people avoid. It’s natural to think we have time to deal with these issues or say, “Oh, I really need to look into that someday.” The truth is, “someday” often gets pushed off again and again until it’s really too late.


Top Five Summer Safety Tips

  
  
  
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It's July, and for most of the country, that means we are not remotely done with swimming weather. By this time of the year, the standard social media articles have made the rounds, reminding us all to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and take breaks from the heat. Some other great tips have surfaced recently, though, so today, we're lising our Top 5 Summer Tips of 2014.


Engraving Your Medical ID Jewelry Right

  
  
  
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Every day, we have the opportunity to speak with Lauren's Hope customers, and many call because they're simply not sure what to engrave on medical ID jewelry. This is certainly something worth spending time considering, as your medical alert bracelet is the one thing that can always be counted on to advocate for you in those scary moments when you simply cannot do so for yourself.


July 4th Safety Tips

  
  
  
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This Friday is the 4th of July, and throughout the US, that means BBQs, picnics, sun, swimming, fireworks, and so much more. It's a day of recreation and relaxation, and it's a time to celebrate with family and friends. Of course, all of that celebrating can get out of hand quickly. But a little preparation and some safety savvy can help everyone have more fun while staying safe. 


From IEP to 504: Navigating the School System

  
  
  
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When your child has health concerns, special needs, learning challenges, or any other condition or diagnosis that requires special accommodations, assistance, or awareness at school, there’s paperwork involved. And meetings. And then typically more paperwork and more meetings. But when you’re new to the diagnosis, sometimes, you simply don’t even know what to ask for. Here’s a little help getting started, from a mom who’s been there.


Navigating Your Durable Medical Equipment Company

  
  
  
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Years ago, I learned about Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies when my husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had to get a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. I quickly learned that within our insurance policy, there was a little section on which medical devices were covered, when, why, how often, how much, and for which conditions. It was confusing to say the least. Fortunately, my husband went to our approved local DME shop, got fitted for his alien space helmet (have you seen one of these things?), and that was the end of that. Every year or so he would go get updated equipment, but really, there wasn't much to it.


Adventures In Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism Part 3

  
  
  
Tube Feeding Bear

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Adventures in Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism, I shared my family’s recent medical emergency. My 9-year-old son, Will, who has severe autism and is nonverbal, went on a hunger strike, and as a result, ended up in the hospital for nearly two weeks, ultimately getting a feeding tube called a microvasive G-Tube.  Now, while he is undergoing extensive feeding aversion therapy, Will can get all the nutrients he needs through what is essentially an access port to his stomach.


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