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. :/
I have worn one since I was 5. Even in my wedding photos I had it on. Never take it off. The loops used to get caught on fabric every once in a while so I took it to a jeweller and had them weld the links shut so that it no longer catches on sweaters and stuff.
I don't even think about it any more. Have it - wear it - it's been part of me for so long.
You can actually see my medical ID in one of my wedding photos. I wore it around my ankle so it would be there, but not in the photos.
I do like the idea of having those links welded shut. That's one of my main gripes with the ones that you can get at the pharmacy.
I have the old-fashioned, brand-name Medic Alert bracelet. I think it's so critically important to wear a bracelet -- not a necklace or a tattoo -- so that it gets noticed and noticed quickly in an emergency (I wrote about it, at length, here).
If you're suffering from a severe low and are flailing around violently, someone will try to restrain you by grabbing your wrists. Or if you're sitting or lying down and someone offers help to get up, they'll likely reach for your hand, and if you can't grasp theirs, they'll reach for your wrists. If someone is checking a pulse, they'll check your wrist. If someone is looking for medical ID jewelry, they first go to the wrist. The reason I'm not a fan of a tattoo is because someone has to specifically LOOK for it and wouldn't just be able to feel that it's there, though I suppose a tattoo is better than nothing.
I wish there were a universal convention (like the RIGHT wrist, because many of us wear a watch on our left), but there's not. Still, I think that
I purchased a gold one several years ago from Medic alert, I figured if I must wear it 24 hours a day, I want it to be nice. Never comes off and still looks great!
Etsy has very pretty handmade bracelets, lots to choose from.
I always have the above...
The bracelet was 99p, it doesn't tarnish it is waterproof and hard wearing..
The U tag, sits round my pump which I wear round my neck. It is a small USB drive that when inserted into a computer it opens a screen with full medical and insurance information, Dr details, basal profiles, next of kin, employer details..
It also contains an encrypted partition which I have stored copies of passports, bank details, driving licence etc.
This works great for me :)
I wear a RoadID.
I'm cheap. Sport band with metal ID with symbol says "Insulin using Diabetes Type 1 Contact name phone...". A paramedic in the family told me that's what they need. It can go thru the wash as needed. Was able to be cut to size. Durably 11 years old. $6.00
Today I received my Medical IDs that I mentioned previously in the thread. Initial impressions are good. The quality seems to be there. I like the fact that the chains for the dog tags aren't the ones with the little beads. I ordered one regular chain and one "heavy" chain thinking the regular would be the beaded one, but they're both the same style with one being thicker links. The materials seems to be very sturdy so I don't think I'll have any problem with them lasting.
I only have 2 things I would change. (1) I was thinking the chains would have some way to interchange them (another reason I only got one heavy chain) but there is no way to easily remove the chain from the tag. The chains are good quality, so I don't think I'll need to anytime soon anyway, but the option would've been nice. (2) The engraving is very legible, but if I had my way, would be a little deeper. I don't think there's any danger of it wearing out or off in my lifetime though.
Below is a picture. The top one is the only one that does not have additional info on the back. The others list my meds, refer to a card in my wallet, say I have no known medical allergies, and list 3 ICE numbers. There was no additional charge for the engravings with these, so I put a fair amount of information on it. If there are any questions, please ask away. Overall I believe I'll be very happy with these.