I have spent a lot of time inventing frightening scenarios in which everyone in the family is rendered incapacitated and Corrigan is unable to tell his rescuer/EMT/Policeman/Fireman about his condition.
I know. I have issues.
I also have bad dreams involving Corrigan running away from me in the mall/amusement park/Italy (I dont know, I go to exotic locations for my nightmares) and a kindly security guard fills him up with ice cream and filet mignon while waiting for me to come to the Lost and Found office.
In my dreams, protein=poison…and reality is not too far off.
Corrigan has a medi-alert bracelet that I had engraved with pertinent information but he was still crawling when I purchased it so it got pretty scratched up fairly quickly. Also, as he has grown, his ability to wiggle out of jeans/bracelets/diapers/my arms…has only increased and the medi-alert bracelet is the first thing that he removes when he gets a chance.
A few weeks ago, SafetyTat offered to send us a few samples of their award-winning SafetyTats to try.
SafetyTat customer service rep, Dawn, worked with me for quite some time to try and figure out exactly what I needed on Corrigan’s tat. The graphics team tried to get the information plus a phone number on the medical tattoo but Cor’s disorder is kind of lengthy so we were unable to get the number on there.
We had some errands to run today so it was the perfect time to test-drive his first SafetyTat.
Pretty simple…clean/dry arm…apply Tat and hold for 60 seconds…soak Tat with warm water until saturated…voila!
Corrigan was not thrilled with the “60 second” part. He has an aversion to any sort of restraint and immediately began wiggling and fussing. Daddy sang to him to try and distract him and for the most part it worked. Because he was struggling we had a little bit of a wrinkle in the one end..but nothing too noticeable.
Off we went to run our errands.
At the store the cashier asked if he “got your pretty sticker at the doctor’s office today?” and oddly enough, the woman at the Post Office asked almost the exact same thing.
I explained the purpose of his “sticker” and both ladies thought it was an ingenious idea.
Corrigan wanted to demonstrate how his SafetyTat would work in a situation in which he might be unconscious.
Clearly I have a thespian on my hands.
While driving around running errands I wondered if I had made the right decision on what I had printed on the Tat.
I suppose my thought process is that Corrigan is far more likely to be separated from me in a crowded situation so I wanted people to know that they couldn’t feed him all willy-nilly and stuff while waiting for a mother-child reunion…but as I drove I wondered if, God forbid, I were to crash into a telephone pole…would the information be the most important thing for the EMT to know?
Well, why not just ask one?
We went straight to the source…to the people that would be responding to the scene of a crash.
While Corrigan ran like a wild child around the ambulance bay I spoke to a seasoned EMT, at our local Rescue Squad, about what they would want to know about Corrigan at the scene. They said that they would want to know his condition, any allergies to medications (not necessarily food allergies) and that he had an infusaport.
So what I had on Corrigan, today, would be great for a situation in which he might get lost but what I needed for travel was a different Tat.
However, just having the SafetyTat (or medi-alert bracelet) signaled to them to act carefully and that in the case of a small child, they would search the purse/glove compartment etc. of the parent in the vehicle for further information. Much like adults that use medi-bracelets are encouraged to carry a detailed information card in their wallet…they encouraged me to keep more detailed information on my person for Corrigan until he was old enough to carry his own wallet.
Pros of the SafetyTat:
Ease of Use
Bright, eye-catching colors
Pre-printed information (though they also offer write-on tats…please visit them at www.safetytat.com to learn more)
Wonderful customer service
Child-proof…Corrigan wasn’t getting that Tat off no way-no how!
(This is first-time user error…not anything fundamentally wrong with the product itself)
In retrospect, I wish that I had applied it to the underside of his forearm (much like the child on the homepage of SafetyTat.com) only because the skin is much more taut on the underside and therefore less prone to wrinkling. If you have wrinkles there is a greater chance that it will scratch off easier.
Also, the 60-second suggestion was a bit tough for my squirmer…I think that the perfect application I wanted was hindered by the application time and caused a less-than-smooth result. A minute doesn’t seem like a long time to adults, but to a toddler it is a lifetime.
Suggestion for Manufacturer:
Perhaps a wallet-card that matches the medical SafetyTats that the parent can keep in their purse/wallet that would provide further information to EMT’s on the scene could be included with purchase. Sometimes, with allergies and uber-long disorder names it just isn’t possible to get everything on 2-lines.
Overall, I am super excited to have the SafetyTats for Corrigan. I expect that as it warms up and we get outside amongst more children…I will have more of an opportunity to share this product with other moms. SafetyTats are not just for medically fragile children either…they would be a wonderful peace of mind for a family traveling to Disney World, or other large venue, for the day. How about for school fieldtrips? They have several different styles of “If Lost Please Call” and my favorite are the line of SafetyTats geared towards the Special Needs child.
The “I have Autism” and “I have non-verbal Autism” tattoos could be such a Godsend for parents.
The Special Needs tattoos are here.
If you are interested, or know someone that has a child that could benefit from this product, SafetyTat would like to extend the readers of Mooneyequalsmc2 a special discount on any order of $15.00 or more!
(Please make sure that you enter the code Citrullinemia, exactly as shown above, during checkout)