Just wondering who all here wears a MedicAlert bracelet, and if so, where did you orders yours? I haven't worn one in years.. assumed that if there was an emergency, they would see my insulin pump and know I was diabetic. But I realize that's not always the case because they aren't trained to look for that, like they are a bracelet/tag. I've been wanting to get one but there are a lot of options, and not all that inexpensive. :/
Hi Shannon, I am a T2 on insulin and I do wear a medic alert braclet. My wife bought me the one I wear now as a Christmas present. I used to get those stainless steel ones but my wife wanted me to have something nice. The one I have now is sterling silver.
I am glad I wear one cause I had an accident near the Philadelphia airport. Went low and got hung up in a guard rail. I took the drives side of my pickup almost completely off. Paramedics told me that they were glad I was wearing it as they transported me to the hospital. They said they tested me and I was 18.
Up in the upper right hand corner there is a search function for Tu. Put medic alert in there and you will find some folks on here that make and sell braclets.
YES! I stopped wearing one for a long time, too, making the same assumption you did about the pump. But then I considered that the first person "on the scene" was unlikely to be a trained medic, and probably more people would recognize (and read) a medic alert than an insulin pump. I wear an omnipod and lots of people ask if it's a heartrate monitor, or a nicotine patch, or an iPod...
I got mine from www.MedicAlert.org. You have to sign up and they store a bunch of info about you (doctor, doctor's phone number, emergency contact numbers) so that if a paramedic calls the number on your medic alert and proves they are a medical professional (I don't know how. Presumably paramedics do) they can get that info. I think it's a good system.
When I recently signed up for this account I was notified that there was already a Medic Alert account in my name, opened in 1978... by my folks, when I was first diagnosed. That made me smile.
THIS made me smile!! I wear an ID, and have a charm on my wallet with the international medical alert symbol and it says to read my bracelet.
I have the interactive RoadID. I am not good about wearing it, but I keep it velcroed to my BG meter case, which I always have with me. I do try to remember to wear it when I am traveling alone. I guess I really should wear it more often, but it is always in my possession.
I don't currently wear one, but that's cause I'm waiting on the ones I ordered last week to come in. I got them from American Medical ID and ended up getting 4 different kinds because they were buy 1 get up to 3 more for 50% off. I figured since I'm getting one anyway I could always have a spare or a different type for the days I don't feel like wearing dog tags. They also have one with a 1 GB usb drive built in which is a somewhat neat idea. I was also able to google and find coupon codes to get an additional 10% off the order as well. The prices seem reasonable for what they offer (no additional for the engraving, but the start price is higher so it usually levels out for similar from other places). Since I don't have them in hand just yet I can't speak to the quality level, but I can let you know soon as they get here if you like! I also made a Medical Alert ID card to carry in my wallet. Just found an old card I don't use, print out the med alert info on plain paper, glued it to the card (spray glue works best here) and then sealed it with a couple of layers of packing tape. If you ask me it looks pretty darn good too! (Pictures upon request) I believe the medics are trained to look in your wallet for ID and such as well, so at least I've got something until my actual IDs get in.
Yes, I'll be curious to see what you think - thanks for the suggestion!
You can buy medical alert jewelry at just about any pharmacy.
However "Medic Alert" is a well-known company where you register your medical condition & meds. The bracelet then has a phone number for Medic Alert who can then give the info to an ER or other emergency person.
But it's not cure-all... sometimes ambulance people are so anxious to get a person conscious that they overlook the bracelet.
Always wear one. Went to the local jewelry store and bought a slim stainless medical tag and picked out a pretty chain, had "Diabetic" engraved on back and never (almost) take it off.
You know I haven't worn one for years until last week. I purchased a cute medical id bangle bracelet and a necklace that I had inscribed. I got them from www.hopepaige.com they were about $30 bucks each, but there were some that cost less. The site has a lot of things for men, women, and children.