Long story short, I switched neurologists a few weeks ago because I am still having unexplained pain and had an MR Angiogram--like an MRI but it looks only at the blood vessels in your brain. Arterial blood flow was fine (the tests can separate arterial and venous blood flow views), but the venous view turned up something really scary...a blood clot has knocked out the major veins in the right side of my head (i.e. major stroke or aneurism, they don't know if it was 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years ago).
Anyway, I'm all of 37 years old, and have been "sentenced" (hematologist's words) to coumadin anticoagulant therapy for the rest of my life. Better than another blood clot which could end up causing an arterial stroke (not good) or a pulmonary embolism (very bad). Downside is that the medication creates a "extended bleeding risk with injury or surgery" so I've had to buy all the medical alert bracelets and necklace, etc.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Well, top on the list of things they recommended I "give up" was motorcycling because of the risk of injury...but that ain't happening, so I started looking for something a LOT more visible than the small necklace that could be missed, especially under riding gear.
Motorcyclist and Cycle World magazines both had write-ups on this product in the last couple months, so I contacted the company a few weeks ago to inquire about the possibility of a group purchase.
One of our preferred vendors sells a small, black adhesive version for your helmet...also labelled "do not remove helmet" which is a great option, too, but I like this one better because you can put all kinds of emergency contact information--even if you don't have any medical conditions.
I'm going to hang mine on the back of my helmet like a pony tail so it can't be missed and put a duplicate on each of my jackets, and make one my motorcycle keychain...also getting one for family members and a couple extras for friends...nice "hey, I got something for ya" thing to have...kinda' like ride bells and pins and stuff.
Here's the group purchase deal...
They are normally $12.99 each plus shipping/handling.
I'm going to order 50, and will post information on how to order them from me (I just need to figure out how much the envelope and postage will cost) in a day or two...I figure it's a safe bet that all 50 of these are going to sell so I won't get screwed on this deal.
I'm gonna' guess that the end cost per BMWLT.com member will be $7.99 and about $1.25 for the envelope and postage (U.S.).
Two attachments below...one a word doc with two pics of "this is your brain on blood clot" and the other a pic of the tag folded and unfolded.
Details to follow.
Be safe, everyone!