Grandma's seizure alerts Moore Girl Scout to help seniors track medical records

Moore Girl Scout Mikayla Thompson uses the Vial of Life program to help seniors keep track of their medical records.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Modified: March 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm •  Published: March 27, 2013

The Scout explained how she and her mother, Amy Thompson, scavenged Mikayla's grandmother's home after the two found her suffering from a seizure last Mother's Day.

“I'm convinced that had she had this vial that day, we would have gotten her treatment at least 20 minutes earlier. We were looking for everything — her doctor's number, her medicine, her insurance card. Everything you shouldn't be doing at the last minute,” Amy Thompson said.

“In an emergency, 20 minutes can make a big difference.”

Sharing a solution

Mikayla was introduced to the Vial for Life program when she went with her grandmother to the hospital.

It was a pill bottle and a solution, Mikayla said, that prompted a cause.

On Friday, Mikayla and her mother delivered about 250 Vials of Life to Moore's Brand Senior Center.

“I like this because I live alone,” said Mary C. Frye, 80, who visits the center often.

“I have two grown sons who check in on me, and if there was an emergency, I'd like them to know what medication I take.”

Frye takes only two medications regularly — an antacid and a drug used to regulate blood pressure and prevent a heart attack.

“Not bad for an 80-year-old,” Frye said with a laugh.

“Some people our age are as healthy as a horse, and others you never know. In either case, it's good to know what you have and to have something like this to keep it all together.”


TO LEARN MORE

Vials for Life are available

at three Norman-area hospitals

Kelly Wells, the Norman Regional Health System's public communication coordinator, said Vials of Life are available at the three hospitals associated with the health system — Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N Porter Ave.; Norman HealthPlex at Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road; and Moore Medical Center, 700 S Telephone Road. For more information, call Norman Regional Health System's Education Center at 307-1827 or go to www.normanregional.com/en/vialoflife.html.

Some people our age are as healthy as a horse, and others you never know. In either case, it's good to know what you have and to have something like this to keep it all together.”

Mary C. Frye,
80-year-old participant at Moore's

Brand Senior Center

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