Last year, my husband and I took a romantic getaway a couple hours away from home in beautiful and scenic Hocking Hills. It’s one of our favorite places to go and if you ever have the opportunity to visit, I think you’ll understand the attraction.
We had spent the night in a luxurious cabin, enjoyed a lazy morning sleeping in, had a late breakfast, and decided to go on a hike at Old Man’s Cave, one of the most popular hiking trails in the region.
We’d just finished our hike and reached our vehicle when my husband commented that he wasn’t feeling quite right. I didn’t think much of it. After all, he still insisted that he drive, how sick could he be?
We made it about 10- 15 minutes to town before he had to pull over and I realized that he wasn’t exaggerating. I was worried about some of the symptoms he was having; a headache, blurred vision, and vomiting when he moved. I suggested that we head to the ER. He insisted that we wait a few minutes to see if it subsided. Foolishly, I listened.
A bit later he was feeling better, but still not right so at my continued insistence, he compromised and agreed to visit an Urgent Care center. We didn’t find out right then, but later we learned that my husband had suffered a mini-stroke, and that likely it wasn’t his first.
The knowledge of what had happened scared me. Instead of looking forward to the empty nest years that we were walking into, I was faced with the reality that we weren’t getting any younger. Though both of us have pretty much been in good health, we now faced the realization that our lives as we know it could change in an instance.
I was worried when he returned to work. My husband is a contractor and he sometimes works alone. I worry that he could suffer another stroke, that he would be rushed to the hospital but no one would be able to reach me.
Then, I discovered Road ID and it provides me some peace of mind. The Road ID is a wearable piece of identification that can be worn on a bracelet, Fitbit, Apple Watch and other devices and was created for active people to wear while participating in outdoor activities.
Founded in 1999, Road ID started when Edward Wimmer was training for his first marathon and preparing to go for a run. His father, Mike, suggested he take his ID in case of an emergency. Of course, Edward thought that was funny until he had a close call with a large pick-up truck and found himself pondering his father’s words from the ditch on the side of the road. A few months later, the father and son duo launched the durable, rugged, line of identification gear in Mike’s basement.
Because of their invention, I can send my husband off with a kiss to tackle whatever his day holds, knowing if something happens, someone will be able to reach me.
The Road ID is a wearable ID that is personalized to list your name, age, emergency contact information, allergies you have, to medications or conditions that may affect you like high blood pressure, diabetes or in my husband’s case, a history of strokes so in an emergency, the first responders will be better equipped with how to treat you. And secondly, if needed, you can be alerted in an emergency.
Think about these facts for a minute:
- Every year, over 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID.
- Year after year, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars.
- Thousands of people suffer blackouts, concussions, heart attacks, heat strokes and other serious accidents.
- Every day, 39,000 children are injured and require medical attention.
I was so excited to learn about Road ID, that I ordered one right away for my husband and myself. I also want to get one for each of my grown kids.
All three are very active with hobbies that range from jogging, riding motorcycles, mountain biking, skydiving, and long boarding. I hope that our Road ID is never needed, but in times of emergencies, if I were to be unable to speak for myself, I have peace of mind knowing Road ID can help medical or emergency personnel find someone who can.
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