There’s more than one good reason to have a Medical Alert card. For one thing, if you’re in an accident of any kind and can’t speak to the paramedics, it’s important that they know you have Parkinson’s disease so they know what medicines to give, or not give you.
And if you’re still driving and get pulled over, a Medical Alert card could keep you from having to take an unnecessary and embarrassing ride down to the police station for blood testing if you can’t walk a straight line or walk heel-to-toe.
My friends at the National Parkinson Association provide such a card. Here’s a picture of it.
And here’s a link where you can download a copy or order one for yourself.
When I was still driving, I had a card like this in my wallet. Thank God, I never had to use it. I quit driving on May 20, 2009 when I realized I was not a safe guy to have behind the wheel. I figured it was better to quit on my own terms rather than wait until after an accident.
If you still drive, do yourself a favor. Get a copy of this card, keep it in your wallet right next to your drivers’ license.