The old saying that 'an ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure’ certainly rings true for New South Wales woman Lorraine Mulley, who opted to invest in a MedicAlert membership after undergoing a cochlear implant several years ago.
The 53-year old mother of three and professional deaf counsellor says the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre recommended a MedicAlert bracelet after her operation because of the risk that the device would explode if she was subject to an MRI.
“Despite coming from a very strong signing deaf family I had decided to wait for more than 30 years to have a Cochlear Implant because of the experimental nature of the surgery. Now that I have become one of the 5,000 Australians to receive an implant, it is now about best managing the risks that come with that decision,” Lorraine says.
“I was very worried that I might mistakenly be put through an MRI if I was ever in an accident and my family couldn't be contacted, so wearing a MedicAlert emblem offers peace of mind should the worst happen,” she says.
As it turns out, Lorraine’s MedicAlert bracelet recently proved its worth after she collapsed at work when she injured her leg.
“My colleagues called the ambulance and stayed with me until the crew arrived. They also made sure the ambulance officers knew that I was wearing a MedicAlert bracelet and that I am deaf,” she says.
“On that occasion I had the help and support of people who knew me, but if something was to ever happen when I was alone or with strangers then I can be confident that my MedicAlert bracelet would provide life-saving information at a glance.”
“And I have certainly not sacrificed fashion or fun in wearing a MedicAlert bracelet because I have a very nice gold one that I can wear on special occasions, and one that I have for everyday use.”