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Spotlight on LeAnn Carlson

  
  
  
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If you ever call the Lauren’s Hope office on a busy day, you may have your questions answered or order taken by one LeAnn Carlson, who’s friendly as they come, always ready to help, and as knowledgeable about our products as humanly possible. And she ought to be. She’s the Owner and CEO of Lauren’s Hope.


Having A Pacemaker Means You Need Medical ID Jewelry!

  
  
  
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Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.


The Big Deal About Vaccines

  
  
  
vaccinesVaccines are almost always a hot-button issue. Who gets which vaccines, when we give them, and whether they are truly safe and effective are all topics that are constantly up for debate among laymen and medical professionals alike. It’s a complex issue, and there is no single right answer given the number of vaccines on the market and the innumerable factors that impact whether a person will experience an immediate, short-term, or long-term reaction to a vaccine. There are, however, a few things everyone should know about vaccines:
  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a recommended schedule of fourteen distinct vaccines, some with multiple doses, for children from birth through age 18. You can view and download a PDF of the APA’s recommended vaccine schedule here.
  2. Mild and moderate vaccine reactions are common and, while they vary from person to person and for each vaccine, typically include low-grade fever, soreness and/or warmth at the injection site, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, itching, and rashes.
  3. Severe vaccine reactions are rare but do happen. These include, depending on the vaccine, deafness, death, brain damage, severe pain, bleeding, and serious allergic reactions. Sometimes, severe reactions are delayed, making it very difficult to determine whether the vaccine was, in fact, the root cause of the response. You can read up on the known reactions to any vaccine on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Not everyone gets vaccinated, and not everyone should. Some people demonstrate serious vaccine reactions, and their doctors determine that for them, the risk of further vaccination outweighs the benefits. Sometimes, a family history within the close family group (parent/child or siblings) will indicate that there is a danger in vaccinating someone. In some cases, doctors recommend a delayed vaccine schedule, for example, when a baby is sensitive to vaccines, the pediatrician may recommend spreading out the shot schedule over a longer period.
  5. The vast majority of Americans are vaccinated, and that means first responders and ER physicians typically presume people are up-to-date on their vaccinations unless told otherwise. Therefore, if you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, it’s important to wear medical ID jewelry that communicates your vaccination status. If you become seriously ill, medical personnel need to know that it’s possible you have an illness for which they would not typically look, polio for example, because most people are vaccinated for it. Additionally, you may need to be quarantined to protect others. Finally, if you’re only partially vaccinated because you have severe vaccine reactions, your vaccine sensitivity is an important piece of your medical history, and it’s something emergency physicians will want to know about right away.
Do you wear a vaccine-related medical ID bracelet? We want to hear from you



EMTs Wear Medical Alert Jewelry, Too!

  
  
  
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When we interview EMTs and other first responders for the Lauren’s Hope blog, it’s usually to get their front-lines perspective on what works best in an emergency when it comes to medical alert jewelry. For instance, a firefighter we interviewed explained that medical condition tattoos are generally quite ineffective because EMTs simply don’t look for them, they’re hard to see in some scenarios, and so many people have tattoos that a medical tattoo simply would not stand out. Others have explained that having your child wear an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID is a great idea even for kids without medical concerns because kids don’t carry identification cards, and having that ICE information handy enables faster parent and caregiver notifications in an emergency.


Safe Living After Weight Loss Surgery Includes Medical Alert Jewelry

  
  
  
Weight loss surgery is a journey of new beginnings!

When people choose to have weight loss surgery, medical alert jewelry isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But for people who have had gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, or other weight loss surgeries, wearing a medical ID can be truly life-saving. Yakima, Washington resident Jenny Holland, 40, who had gastric bypass surgery in 2005, agrees:


What Is Septo Optic Dysplasia?

  
  
  

What Is Septo Optic Dysplasia?

An extremely rare disorder, septo optic dysplasia is a congenital disorder in which the optic nerves do not properly develop during gestation. Also called optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) or DeMorsier Syndrome, septo optic dysplasia is characterized by underdeveloped nerves between the eyes and the brain, brain structure abnormalities, and, commonly, an underperforming pituitary gland. Because septo optic dysplasia impacts so many different bodily functions, children with this disorder need a whole team of medical professionals to help them reach their personal potential:


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