About two months ago a I was talking to a close friend of the family who's had fibromyalgia for around two years at a get together. I asked how she was doing and we got into discussion about medicine and in particular emergency medical ID (I know I'm dull!) .
We also spoke about a new fibromyalgia health supplement that's been marketed by Ahead Solutions online. She seemed interested and said that she may try the Fibromyalgia Micronutrients after payday. The conversation moved on and I thought little more about it.
A couple of weeks later, a calendar pop-up reminded of the lady's birthday. I remembered our conversation at the dinner party. I wondered if it would be appropriate to gift the supplement for her big day (40th). I admit was a little uncertain to be honest; although she's a good friend I did think again how someone with a medical condition might feel if I were to give them something of such a personal nature - no matter how well we get on.
Delighted with Fibromyalgia Supplement Birthday Gift
I went with it and packaged up two pots (a four month supply) of the supplement and popped them in the post with a card. I was delighted to receive a call from her thanking me for the gift. She sounded genuinely excited to try the supplement. She'd not made the purchase due to lack of funds. ' Let me know how you get on with the supplements.' I told her and wished her well.
Three weeks later (last week) a missed call from Debbie and a follow up text saying no need to return the call but just wanted to thank me again; she said "[...] sleeping better, more energy than I've had in ages and less pain."
I thought "Wow... who would have believed it?" and what a truly amazing gift that turned out to be. The whole experience brought me to thinking how gifting something relating to a person's medical condition - although I think is deeply personal on one level - can actually also be so much more than a 'run of the mill' gift. So much so, I would certainly not dismiss the idea of doing it again.
I suppose the caveat would be that I'd advise people to really consider carefully the feelings of the recipient... Is this type of gift appropriate given the strength of the relationship? Is it given with love and thoughtfulness? How might the recipient feel to receive such a gift from me? Could it offend or might they be truly delighted and thankful? Will it offer hope, help or both?
So all that said I'm going to unashamedly add a short list of five gifts for people with fibromyalgia that could be a really nice thing for any reader of this post to gift to a person with FMS and who knows may follow up with similar for other medical conditions. I think especially the You ID Me service... after all You ID Me is genuinely helpful and used by many thousands of people.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about giving medical condition related gifts or have any specific gift ideas with or without links please feel free to post them below.
Until next time...^lc
Fibromyalgia Gift Ideas for Him or Her
Fibromyalgia Micronutrients Health Supplement
Fibromyalgia Micronutrients contain 36 powerful ingredients to help combat common ailments of fibromyalgia sufferers: joint aching, muscle pain, brain fog, sleep disturbance, insomnia and stomach problems
Packed with the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal extracts highlighted in clinical studies and/or referenced anecdotal evidence.
One a day supplement to help fibro sufferers fight constant joint ache and muscle pain, transcend brain / mind fog and heighten alertness, improve sleep quality by reducing insomnia
Suitable for male and female FMS sufferers. Suitable for vegetarians. Suitable for people over the age of 16.
Fibromyalgia Sufferer's Wristband
More gift ideas for fibromyalgia patients from You ID Me
Fibromyalgia (FMS) Medical Alert Wallet ID Card
Easily visible plastic emergency ID wallet card
Front: medical condition specific
Reverse: space to write brief emergency details - see images.
Features unique ID providing responders with fast access to your life-saving emergency info.
Fibromyalgia Expanding Medical Alert Bracelet Silver
£29.99 - £59.99
Fibromyalgia Alert Bracelet engraved and provided with waterproof plastic ID card inserts
Provides FAST access to your vital emergency medical and contact information.
3 sizes available. Fully updatable.
Medical ID Card Fibromyalgia
Looking back at these makes me laugh at myself. I'm definitely not a natural at recording video to camera. Often it requires many takes and yes from time to time I can get quite frustrated with myself.
As you can see from this bloopers sequence I also swear quite a bit when I mess up.
That said very few of my videos are cut; they're often recorded as a single piece... so I guess I should chunk them up a little.
If you have more than one medical condition it can be an issue trying to find a medical ID product where you can 'fit it all on'; it's hard to squeeze it all in and still create the needed recognition and awareness of your illnesses.
In years gone by people used to wear an engraved wristband or necklace with a single word on it. This was supposed to steer a paramedic or first responder in the right direction... Single word medical conditions such as Epilepsy, Dementia, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes was the kind of 'copy' that engravers would be most likely to be asked to scribe on a piece of jewellery.
You ID Me has caused that to be history. Nowadays if you have more than one medical condition you can make absolutely certain that a paramedic, first responder or member of the medical team will get to know all your vital life saving medical details by carrying an ID product that uses the You ID Me service.
In this short video by Director of You ID Me Lee Cunningham, he gives seven reasons why you should carry a You ID Me product if you have more than one medical condition.
If you have been told "No MRI" then it is crucial that in the event of an emergency you are in some way able to alert medical staff to the reason why.
This may be a surgical implant of some kind that is not easily accessible; spinal column stimulation, pacemaker, portacath, rod, plate or something else.
So how can you alert medical staff about your surgical implant? It's vital that you do.
In this short video MD, Lee Cunningham explains how You ID Me has been helping people with medical implants since 2012 to alert paramedics, first responders and medical staff about their spinal column stimulation (SCS), pacemaker, portacath or metal plates / rods in order to avoid - or at least make aware before - being put through an MRI scanner.
Learn more about how You ID Me helps first responders at: https://www.you-id.me/first-responders.html
Please share this video with anyone you know may benefit. Please like and subscribe to You ID Me. Thank you.
You ID Me is helping 1000's of parents of young children to keep their children safe.
We're giving our unique ID codes to parents to use the You ID Me service for child emergency id and alert purposes.
The system works anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection so it's especially helpful for parents travelling with young children to unfamiliar tourist destinations.
"We've release a short [one minute] advert to promote child safety, specifically to help protect young children from going missing." said Ahead Solutions MD, Lee Cunningham
"It's purposely dark and moody and at the end there's a link for parents to register. It's quick and easy to protect children with You ID Me."
If a child get lost or goes missing, the You ID Me system quickly provides first responders with parental contact information to any mobile device.
It is also capable of immediately sending an alert to parent's phone/s the moment their child's profile is accessed - which can also contain first responder contact details.
Additionally the system cleverly creates a two way bridge between your emergency contacts and the first responder treating or caring for you.
Register here for your free child ID: https://www.you-id.me/freeid.html
Okay so this video is a few years old now and so feels a little dated in one or two areas. But the main learning holds and, its a great visual learning tool to show to very young children when teaching them what to do in the event they become lost or separated from parents or guardians.
The video was created by Katy Jones and Linda Mort who very sadly are no longer with us. but their work here is very helpful in teaching young kids some really valuable life lessons.
Please see also my recent videos on child safety whilst travelling which I have linked to below. Thank you for your time viewing. Feel free to add ideas, comments or suggestions for other parents of young children dropping by.
Travelling with young children - Generic guide
Child gets lost - what to teach your kids and why
Child gets lost - What parents should do and why
What to do if you lose your child in a public place or when travelling. Practical guidance and help to prepare you for travelling. What to do if you become separated from your children in an airport, station, beach, theme park or any other public place.
In this short video Lee delivers helpful and practical guidance for parents of young children by teaching them exactly what to do if they become separated from their kiddies.
If you are looking for an effective method to teach a young child what to do should they become lost or separated from you when in public, travelling or even on holiday, look no further.
In this short informal video on how to teach your child what to do if they become lost in a public place Lee references work being done with children with autism in the United States that is working well.
"The problem is with a lot of the advice and guidance that is out there is that there is no differentiation of method that might work best for children of different ages." says the director of You ID Me, Lee Cunningham. "In my opinion the YELL! method particularly suits very young children say from age four to seven. Whilst the 'locate a safe stranger' technique often cited is better for slightly older children."
In this short video Lee delivers helpful and practical guidance for keeping your young child safe by teaching them exactly what to do if they become separated from you.
In this short video Lee consolidates information found in a netmums article with his own research and learning to deliver some helpful and practical guidance for keeping your child safe and close particularly when you are travelling with kids.
The netmums article is available here: https://www.netmums.com/child/essenti...
Lee also mentions learning from Jonathan Turbox which can be viewed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79LiV...
Please do add comments and share tips on what you do to keep your children safe when travelling.
What would you do if your child went missing in a busy public place such as an airport
I'll never forget reading Sandy and Helen's account of what happened when their daughter Sophia got lost at the airport back in 2017. It was emotional reading and still sends shudders down my spine.
My own daughter is 18 months old. I cannot imagine the pain they must have gone through.
Sophia was just holding my hand and is now a million miles from me"
There were many sad lines in that story, which thankfully had a happy ending. You can read the customer's full account of how their child went missing at the airport.
Three things you can do to avoid losing your child
There are a number of things that you can do before you venture out which reduce the risk of your child going missing. here are my top three: -
What should you do if your child goes missing?
But if you are unfortunate enough to go through the experience of losing a child one of the most recent pieces of advice being given to parents is : -
If you are with another adult then at least one of you stay put whilst the other goes to seek help. Remember most large organisations such as shopping malls, airports, train stations and even retail stores have lost child procedures; they are quite used to dealing with children getting lost and separated from parents and, they are there to help.
Here's one thing you can do right now...
Watch this short video and register for your free child ID to help ensure a quick reuniting if your young child becomes lost or missing . In the event they or you get momentarily distracted and become lost or separated You ID Me can alert you straight to your phone just as soon as their profile is accessed from any phone, tablet or PC.
We're a small team working extremely hard to ensure that carrying ID is secure, easy and affordable for our customers.