Margrett is 49 years old and passionate about helping people living with disabilities to become more independent. She is a segment contributor on a radio show at AMI-Audio, (amiaudio.ca), she is also a survey administrator at BALANCE for Blind Adults, once owned a pet supply business, been a presenter for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). She is committed to sharing the resources available for people with different needs.
Margrett was also born with no vision and wears a MedicAlert bracelet.
“I have no vision so my pupils don’t dilate,” says Margrett from her Toronto home. Margrett is also allergic to penicillin and lives with hypoglycaemia, a condition where blood sugar decreases to below normal levels. “If something ever happened to me, if I’m unconscious or something, without my MedicAlert bracelet the paramedics would look at my pupils and, because they don’t dilate, they would automatically think that I’m dying.”
Her MedicAlert bracelet is engraved with her medical conditions: “BLIND, HYPOGLYCEMIA, and ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN”. It has been an invaluable service since she first became a subscriber in 1990. Once, Margrett says, when she was hospitalized for a kidney infection, the prescribed pain medication knocked her out and she couldn’t speak. A nurse was about to administer penicillin when she noticed the engraving on her MedicAlert bracelet.
“MedicAlert is so important, especially if you have a disability,” says Margrett. “I never take it off! Even when I go in the shower, I don’t take it off. I know that MedicAlert is really a lifesaver for me.”
MedicAlert is so much more than a bracelet. With engravings that use globally accepted medical terminology, a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that enables first responders to access key medical information instantly and a family notification service, MedicAlert’s life-saving services cannot be matched by other medical identification providers.
“Being on my own, if something happens, I’m so glad that MedicAlert has all the information on file about my doctor and who to call if there’s an emergency.”
“There’s nothing wrong with having a medical condition or a disability. MedicAlert is a wonderful way to save your life, because it helps you cope with your disability by providing you with the service that enables you to get the assistance you need as independently and as soon as possible”.
Thank you Margrett for sharing your story! Are you a MedicAlert subscriber and would like to share your story? We would love to hear from you! Share your story at medicalert.ca/community.