I've had diabetes for 5 years, and I have always worn a diabetic medical alert bracelet.

So, first of all -- Do you wear some form of medical alert jewelry, and has it helped you at all in a medical emergency?

And second -- Does anyone know a good place to buy them? I ask my doctors but they always give me a little booklet that has bracelets styled for little kids. Ugh.

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I have been a diabetic for 9 years and have never worn a medic alert braclet. I know I should, but I pay enough for all my meds, I don't want to pay that much for an ugly braclet. I know that's a cop out - but they really are ugly for the price you have to pay for them. I read somewhere on this website that someone was going to/or did have a tatoo of the medic alert symbol. I actually think that is a great idea and I am seriously considering doing that.
I took my son for his 17th bday and let him get a tattoo of the Caduceus with the word DIABETIC underneath it. It is on the inside of his left wrist and is about 3-4 inches. He is a Type 1 Diabetic who plays lots of sports and hates wearing ID bracelets or necklaces.
You reallyshould have an ID. I was lucky two years ago that I was home when I had a seizure and ended up in a coma. If I had been away from home with no ID I would have died. The EMT's had a hard enought time with me knowing I am diabetic so I can't imagine if they didn't. I was incoherent, uncooperative and soseverly dehydrated. I had needle markd everywhere including my feet. I highly recomment a Medic Alert of some kind. Four days is a very long time in the ICU and you don't want to go ther.
I have worn a Medic Alert bracelet off & on in my life. The cost is not that much to join but to get a really nice bracelet it is. I have had the gold $60.00 bracelet twice in my life but eventually it gets all worn & black, etc. I would really like to spend the $600 for the designer gold bracelets so that it will last forever BUT it just has not happened ...

Hence ... I like the ideas of the Medical Alert but figure it something happens, now the paramedics should at least see I am wearing a pump :)
Personally I do not where one unless I am out by myself exercising. I got my bracelet from ROAD ID they have some good products and they are not very expensive.

Dave
I also use Medic-Alert. I used it when I was a kid (not my choice), and then went years and years without any ID. Within the last year, I rejoined. They keep all my medical history and prescriptions on file so if I couldn't relay that info myself, it could be easily accessed. I have a plain stainless steel bracelet, and a nylon sports band one.

I'm not into jewelry really - just too lazy to be bothered - so I don't care that it's utilitarian looking. It'll serve its purpose should I need it, and that's all that matters to me. I know some people look for fancier, more jewelry-ish ones, but the EMT I asked about it said they don't necessarily examine every piece of jewelry to see if it's a medical ID in disguise. I wanted something that is obviously medical ID.
Hey i agree with that idea. It makes alota sense. MedID bracelets should never be made like jewerly. They are ment to "Identify".
I've had several over the years.
My husband just got me a pretty one from www.creativemedicalid.com. I have one with the toggle clasp that's easy to get on and off. Mine was $70 bucks but I love it and wear it every day so I think its money well spent.
There are also some other sites listed in the group discussion section of the Women and Diabetes group here on TuDiabetes.
I've had several over the years.
My husband just got me a pretty one from www.creativemedicalid.com. I have one with the toggle clasp that's easy to get on and off. Mine was $70 bucks but I love it and wear it every day so I think its money well spent.
There are also some other sites listed in the group discussion section of the Women and Diabetes group here on TuDiabetes.
I wear one...I have several...to fit my mood/activities. I love the sports bands. But my grilfriend, single, was certainly glad to have hers, when she was rushed to the hospital and they called her endo and PCP, and were able to give intructions to avert a major hospital stay as they had all ther current dosing instruscitons, etc....

Also called me (her emergency contact) so she had a ride home when released fromn the ER and such...was a small price to pay for that.
I got the medical alert symbol tattooed on the inside of my wrist. It looks cool and I get a lot of positive comments on it, but it is a painful spot for a tattoo. I also wear a bracelet in case the emergency pros don't see the tat.
Yes, I wear one & pretty much always have. My parents got me a Medicalert when I was young, and I upgraded to a different style when I moved out. I do have it on, though - except at night in bed. After my first instance of hypoglycemic unawareness in the car, I for sure knew I needed it. That was one thing the highway patrol said - seeing the bracelet made them believe I might be physically impaired vs. 'just drunk'.

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