I had a doctor's appointment last week, and we talked about the blood issue. I informed her that I was no longer a Jehovah's Witness and that I would accept blood if it meant my life. She reminded me that she will make a note of it, but that I should inform the local hospitals--in the event that I had to be hospitalized and was in a coma and couldn't speak for myself. I have a record of refusing blood in the past when I had surgery. She said the hospitals would be obliged to honor my original directive, and nothing in her files would do me any good. She also suggested that I keep a card in my wallet stating that I would accept blood.
I remember discussions about this on this board before but haven't done anything about. Does anybody have a copy of a blood directive stating that they have reversed their decision on not taking blood? Something small enough to carry in my wallet? I plan to get everything in order this week.