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. :/
http://www.laurenshope.com/ My grandmother bought me one of these and it is so beautiful and stylish. They have a section labeled 40 medical id's under $40 too.
I wear one! I got mine from IDonMe. I like that you can write in information and change info without having to order a new engraving or wear 50 IDs, especially when you have multiple conditions, like I do. It's easier to just wear one that explains everything, basal rates, I:C, all my medications, and it's not metal, so I don't worry about things like airport security with it.
I actually really like these! How bulky are the bracelets? Can you swim with them on?
I have a brand Medic Alert one but keep breaking the chain when I go swimming (hitting the lane ropes!) and having to replace it. I've been meaning to order a sports bracelet and a new "regular" bracelet (as their chain seems more durable than any of the replacements I got), but I'm also exploring my options for other companies.
Try a bracelet instead of the necklace. I have a band on my watch which seems more obvious than a chain.
I do use a bracelet—never had a necklace. It's the chain on the bracelet that breaks if my wrist brushes the lane ropes while swimming.
I've had the same one for...two years? But I've been using the brand for 5ish years. The bracelets aren't bulky at all. They're made of plastic with an elastic band. I just weighed mine (hooray food scales!) and it's 7 grams. The actual plastic piece that you put the information in is a little thick, but you can adjust the strap so it's not flailing around.
I've swam with it, ran with it, done everything with it on. I only take it off for showers (when I remember) if my hubby's home. I barely notice it at all.
Fortunately? Never have had a situation yet to Need help..
and have gone down to the 30's at times too..!
Yes, I do. I didn't for awhile, but had a couple of, er, incidents in public that were close calls. I realized that I could easily be mistaken for drunk and arrested, or pass out with no one knowing what to do.
I maintain an account through MedicAlert.org but I get my bracelets through Lauren's Hope. I have my Lauren's Hope bracelets engraved with my MedicAlert account information. So my bracelet says, "Type 1 Diabetes, Insulin Pump, 1-800-000-0000 (USA), XXXXXXX" (the XXXXX is my unique MedicAlert ID number).
I put "insulin pump" on there because if something were to happen and I were to be separated from my pump (like in an accident), I would want someone to know that I don't have any basal insulin in my system.
With my MedicAlert account, I can store a bunch of other information, such as multiple emergency contacts, other medical conditions, doctor's name, etc. I really like that because there's much more that they would need to know about me than what I could fit on the back of my bracelet.
I love the selection over at Lauren's Hope. I just ordered a new bracelet (one of the wraps) and it's great. Really looks nice, but you can still see that it's a medical ID.
I have the guitar pick one. It came with the flimsier chain on the left but I wanted something a bit more jewelry-looking (without being foofie...) and found the stainless steel chain on the right for like $2.99 online.
It was sort of amusing b/c I took it to a local jewelry store around xmas, they seemed really busy and all that but asked "can you put this [the pick...] on this chain" and they were like "sure it might be a while" but when she saw it was a medical thing she was like "oh, it's an EMERGENCY..." and did it in like 45 minutes while we ate dinner.
I got a stainless steel dog tag from Medicalert.org. I wear it when I go places by myself where no one knows I have diabetes. As pointed out above, they can call in the number on the tag and get my medical and contact information. I can update the information online at any time without re-engraving. The key information is engraved as well as the ID number.
I do wear a medic alert bracelet. For many years I did not wear one. But, one day when I was totally out of it. I wished I had it on.
When I finally deciced to wear one again. I called the medic Alert company and ordered a new one and found that "medic Alert" already had me in there system from signing up over 40 years ago. (mind you it was my old Dr. that died a long time ago and my parents address and rotary phone number.
I dressed mine up with a crystal and stainless steel bracelet that I purchased at the craft show.