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Name: Bob Eager
Age: 67
Condition(s): Antibiotic allergy and hypertension 

Wears: Classic Stainless Steel Bracelet

Fun fact: I'm also qualified to teach 'Crew Class' on the Concept II indoor rowing machine.

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Bob was diagnosed in 2004 with an allergy to certain antibiotics, and around the same time, with hypertension. In 2010 he had his left eye removed due to cancer. But he insists that there is nothing else wrong with him! (well, not much).

Bob started wearing his bracelet in 2007, when his youngest son, Henry, was diagnosed as type 1 diabetic, to encourage Henry to wear one of his own, ("just like Dad has"). Now both wear their bracelets at all times!

Henry says the bracelet makes him feel more confident, and it made him more able to go out and do "normal" things. For Bob, as a parent, the bracelet makes him feel reassured, knowing that his son’s condition would be discovered quickly if there was a problem.

For example, when Henry went out one evening with his friends, and forgot to inject his basal (once daily) dose of insulin. As a result, he later began to feel unwell, becoming unable to walk further, and an ambulance was called by his friend.

When it arrived, Henry was suffering from high blood glucose and found it difficult to state how he was feeling. He just raised his arm in the air and showed the paramedic his Medic Alert bracelet! The paramedic quickly obtained his details, and treated him.

‘There is no doubt that the Medic Alert bracelet helped a lot.’

Henry is still, 11 years later, more confident with the bracelet; and the peace of mind it gives Bob is immeasurable, meaning Henry can go out late at night, without his parents worrying.


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