Should We Have An Medical Alert Braclet or Necklace On When Driving.........

By shoulders Latest Reply 2016-08-05 02:25:17 -0500
Started 2011-07-14 00:13:15 -0500

What happens if your bs's go low and your driving? You start to weave and a Police Officer Stops you for possible DWI? You actions are also signs of being intoxicated. The Police Officer has you to do a soberiate test, and now your really getting more upset. What to do when everything looks like a DWI? Should we go thru the embbaresment of a record for "NON"DWI or fight it in court or …

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Sam415 2016-08-05 02:25:17 -0500 Report

Should I wear a medical id bracelet and buy one? I can't wear bracelets at work though. I work with food.

Flustrated 2011-07-18 09:15:14 -0500 Report

Wore one for about 2 or 3 years and never took it off. Broke my wrist and had to take off. After a year of healing I looked and saw needed to be shined up now on wrist and going to stay there. Sometimes when going out I'll check sugar bef I go.

Poppop1961 2011-07-18 17:14:16 -0500 Report

I had a necklace i.d. and it also had alerg on it for pnc. I spent $250.00 for it pendent and $150.00 for the chain both 18 ct gold. Then my wife and i went out to dinner and we think my now x son-inlaw pawned it at a pawn shop in Philadelphia, Pa. when we where there for a visit in March.

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 14:34:45 -0500 Report

Oh geeze!! How could he do that? I guess this will be incentive to always wear it, as we should.

Auxie01 2011-07-18 03:52:18 -0500 Report

I carry a bag of Hard Candy in the glove compartment of all of my vehicles and also in my pants pocket. Also carry Type 2 information in my wallet.

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-16 18:02:42 -0500 Report

You know I was wondering that the other day. My key ring has the medical emergency emblam on it and says Diabetic, I also have a card in my wallet that has my information saying I am a Diabetic who to contact and so forth. Although I have a small bag that carrys everything for road trips (ie. syringes, insulin, BS machine) I have syringes in my glove box. Looks lovely. I would be doomed. But I would take something like being stopped to court. If this hasn't happened to you in the past a police officer will 9 times out of 10 ask you if you are on medication or have an illness. ALWAYS HAVE GLUCOSE TABS IN THE CAR!!! they don't melt, actually taste pretty darn good. You can get a small bottle to carry or a large bottle for home and refills. I get this at Wal Mart. They also have gel's. If that isn't evidence I don't know what is. I would be asking the officer to get me my tablets so we can actually communicate.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-07-16 17:34:32 -0500 Report

Good idea to have some diabetic ID on you. Good thing I had the HR folks call the NYS troopers, reportoing I am a diabetic whne I had my parking lot accident and drove a car at "47" withoiut nowing it was soi low!! , Thank God for their insight! Grandpa Bill

berrykins0 2011-07-16 16:53:33 -0500 Report

yes i wear a medical bracelet all the time.its your way of letting people know you have health problems when you can't talk . it talks for you very big help if you were in accident. my has even my med i'm on for diabeties high blood pressure.i have a paper that folds up and goes inside the braclets little lid that screws to tighten down. i have my personal information written on it too.

scribbles 2011-07-16 09:24:59 -0500 Report

I have not removed my MedicAlert bracelet since 1995. Y'all are the only ones I am telling (letting the secret out), I had it soldered shut and they sometimes cover it with a bandage. I get 'rowdy' about the bracelet because I went to jail twice when the hospital had "lost" my bracelet. Y'all might want to go to and look around.

MoeGig 2011-07-15 22:23:53 -0500 Report

Absolutely should wear one…the one I like the best is plastic (like the yellow "LiveStrong" one made famous by Lance Armstrong…only mine is black and simply says "Type 1 Diabetic". It has saved me a couple times…

Pinball Wizard
Pinball Wizard 2011-07-15 17:19:43 -0500 Report

I have a necklace since I don't like anything on my wrist,. it lets people know I'm Type 2 as well a Liver Recipient and a note to look in my wallet for a list of my medications as I take to many to list also some keep changing ,.,.

Diaschm 2011-07-15 16:20:07 -0500 Report

I always wear a medical alert necklase on. I always keep it update with what medicines I am on and my doctor contact number and a contact number of my power of health attorney's number. I wear it 24 hours a day, everyday. One time I fell in a building and was knocked out. I was with a group lobbying in my state capital for disability rights. They called the ambulance and by the time I was transported to the Hospital the emergency room doctor had all my information. The people on the ambulance called ahead and gave my medic alert number that was around my neck to the doctors and they had all my info so I did not have to worry at all.

Gimpalong 2011-07-15 23:30:51 -0500 Report

Where did you get your necklase that you could get that much information on it. I always have a list of my meds and the doctor to contact, but I haven't found a necklase or bracelet that I can put the information on. I carry a card in my billfold that states that I'm a type 2 diabetic.

jayabee52 2011-07-15 23:41:50 -0500 Report

Nancy, here's the link for the USB flash drive I wear: I think it can hold up to 2 GB of information. All you need to do is plug it into your computer and fill in the blanks in the software included in the flash drive. There are also USB necklace pendants from another company, but for those one has to buy a separate program and update it yearly, from what I've read on their website. I can probably look up that link should you wish. Just ask. But I think this medical history bracelet is a better choice, at least for my wants and needs. You can get a lot of information into a 2 GB drive.

Gemm 2011-07-15 15:37:33 -0500 Report

Our doctor has suggested that both my husband and I carry them though he is more likely to need one than I would. He is insulin dependent and does a lot more driving than I do. Personally I think it is something all diabetics should carry at all times whether driving or not. We never know when we will have an episode that would require emergency medical assistance and if we don't have that information available we could well be given a wrong medicine.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-15 14:13:23 -0500 Report

I know in WV you can get a "diabetic" notification for your driver's license.

Gimpalong 2011-07-15 23:34:07 -0500 Report

Hi Jim. I'll have to check if MO has an alert you can get on your license. That would be great if I could. Thanks for info. Have a great weekend. Nancy

2011-07-14 19:38:08 -0500 Report

So as I read on further, I read that you should wear it on your left wrist. I wear it on my right, cause I wear a watch on my left. Does it really matter?

kittenpurr1 2011-07-15 14:25:32 -0500 Report

I had read it's where the paramedics look for that type of bracelet, but I guess they would see it on the right side, just as easy. I think that mey have been suggested because if you are in an ambulance, and the worker is on the left side, of you.

2011-07-15 14:44:04 -0500 Report

Your absolutely right Kitten. I've been in many ambulances and they do work from the left. But when they're rescuing you, they're on both sides. So in reality, I guess it really doesn't matter.

VaHermit 2011-07-15 00:08:48 -0500 Report

there is a medical alert wrist watch…Citizen makes one its about 130-150 dollars and a bunch in the 20 dollar range but rubber wrist bands. There is also a ring…just a little FYI…what if you are allergic? i know they make cloth ones.
MediBand™ turns any watch into medical id:

2011-07-15 14:35:37 -0500 Report

Yeah I checked out that site. The only problem w/that is that my watch band is of the stainless steel variety. Great idea, but it just won't work. 4 me at any rate. Bummer!!

cavie2 2011-07-14 20:37:19 -0500 Report

I wear one on each wrist. For further explanation read my full reply that is under jayabee52's down near the bottom.

2011-07-14 19:34:50 -0500 Report

Hell, it worked for me. If I didn't have it on, the CHP officer wouldn't have known what was going on w/me. He read it, told the paramedics and was rushed to the ER. Now that is all because of a $40.00 bracelet. So in my opinion, if you folks don't have a medic alert bracelet or necklace go out & get 1. It saved my life!!

VaHermit 2011-07-15 00:13:43 -0500 Report

where can you get one bigger than 7 inches? I have bought 2 neither is longer then 7 1/4 inches and I paid 19 for one a 27 for the other I clipped one on my keys and the other I am process of trying to put on a neck chain. I am allergic to metals like titanium and even stainless steel irritates my neck, cannot afford gold and silver is so soft it breaks. Thought of using a very long shoe lace. call me stuck:-\

Gimpalong 2011-07-15 23:40:34 -0500 Report

Have you tried to put clear nail polish on the metal to cover it? My husband had to do that whenever he wore his medic alert charms on his neck and wrist. That worked for him. Otherwise, he would get a rash on his skin.

lmkilday 2011-07-15 14:39:15 -0500 Report

American Medical ID sells bracelets 8 inches long. You can get bracelets in elastic, gold, sterling silver, or other metals. You can also just buy the charm to attach to a necklace or bracelet. They can be customized.

2011-07-15 14:33:00 -0500 Report

Hey Val are you allergic to leather? There are some stores that sell strands of leather. Check it out. It might work. (I get leather at a craft and hobby store.)

kittenpurr1 2011-07-15 14:22:21 -0500 Report

The bracelet I spoke of is made of plastic, so it's for people that are allergic to metals, and it's not that expensive. It's a life saver, and it holds a lot of info. They come in a lot of sizes, and colors.

kittenpurr1 2011-07-14 18:08:15 -0500 Report

I have the bracelet that you wear on your left wrist, you can put in and change info anytime using a computer, they are only about 20 dollars, it's www.Medical they come in different sizes and colors, you can swim in them. All your info can be stored in them, your picture, your contacts, even the hospital of choice, so I recommend these.

50Jewels 2011-07-14 20:49:11 -0500 Report

I just checked it out. It sounds amazing. I called and it is non-latex too for those of us who are also allergic to latex products. I think I am going to get one for me and one for my son.

jayabee52 2011-07-14 22:31:04 -0500 Report

I have one, and it is easy to use on the computer. I highly recommend it

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-15 15:10:20 -0500 Report

Maybe he has a notepad. With a solar charger. No cord. Not as heavy. Not nearly as awkward to have with you all the time that way.

kittenpurr1 2011-07-15 14:20:15 -0500 Report

The bracelet is just that, a bracelet, no cord. You just plug the bracelet into to the computer to change or add info- the EMT workers or the hospitals can plug it into their systems to know about you, and if you are allergic to medications, and what you do take, it talks for you, when you can't. It's simple.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-15 14:27:25 -0500 Report

I don't like anything on my neck or wrist or fingers, I see they also have things for the key ring. that is the way I think I will go. I do keep an updated medication list in my truck and also have the location of the list on my cell phone under the emergency number. another tool available in the box never hurts. I came real close this past week needing someone to talk for me, but I was able to get some sugar before I departed from my mind. My boss and co-workers know where my medical info is and during the summer I let the camp nurse know too. Just try to cover all the bases.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-15 15:14:06 -0500 Report

"before I departed from my mind"
Really…are you sure you had it in the first place?

(Seriously, glad you were able to get some sugar.)

camerashy 2011-07-14 17:48:41 -0500 Report

y'all got me thinking - I have nothing on or around me when I'm driving to indicate that I'm diabetic - unless someone were to open my purse and find my test kit and insulin. Hmmmm

shoulders 2011-07-14 18:40:53 -0500 Report

Then please start thinking!!!!!!!! I don't want anything to happen to you or anyone that is in the car with you…

2011-07-14 19:44:09 -0500 Report

You're absolutely right shoulders. Like I said, if you're not wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace and you are driving solo, & god forbid something happens, you probably won't be alert to tell rescue personal that you are a diabetic. I'm wearing a bracelet. It saved my life.

Roy531 2011-07-14 12:46:22 -0500 Report

I always wear a medalert bracelet, just got one of those medalert flash drive bracelet with all my info on it, who to call what meds and all that neat stuff.


GabbyPA 2011-07-14 08:40:25 -0500 Report

This is something that one of our members past had to deal with. It was the first time I had heard of this. So to answer your question, you should always have your ID on. That way they don't treat you as a drunk driver. The time they waste doing that could cost you more than time fighting a ticket. It could cost you your life if you go so low that you end up in a coma or a seizure. You may also want to mark your car to tell anyone that you are a diabetic and to check your sugar first.

dgraff 2011-07-14 07:58:58 -0500 Report

I just went through nutrition classes and they gave us a card to keep in our wallet. I also carry glucose tabs in my purse. But first and foremost, pull over if at all possible so that you don't hurt yourself or anyone else.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-07-14 14:50:59 -0500 Report

I know the feeling of driving when sugar was 47! Stopped by NYS troopers after causing parking lot fender bender on a cold Feb afternoon leaving work! Good thing HR called the troopers, told them I was diabetic, ect. Angels were watchng me that afternoon, noone hurt, no tickets issued, son helped me home after 3 hours of questioning, sugar water pumped into me, questions answered to troopers! I felt like a fool the day after, returning to work to explain, boss was good to me! I was a very fortunate man to have God sent angels to protect me and the car!

leana1967 2011-07-14 07:55:36 -0500 Report

That would be a good idea I also find it helpful to have to do like my daddy has don he has a index card stating that he is type 1 diabetic and is insulin dependent with is dosage and what he takes on it along with who to contact and the name of his doctor along with what hospital to take him to:. he has it covered with plastic something clear and has it taped to the steering wheel for police and emergency personal to see i hope this helped

JoleneAL 2011-07-14 05:04:36 -0500 Report

Yes. I wish I could find a window cling that says, "Diabetic Onboard' too. But alas, all I can find are Baby on Board stuff.

I have a bracelet, tag on my key ring and my Blackberry has an I.C.E. program that has all my information in it, plus a card in my wallet.

2011-07-14 23:17:34 -0500 Report

Thanks JoleneAL. I would have never thought of putting one on my keyring. You are one extremely smart lady. Here's what you could do w/the window cling thing. :D Take a sheet of paper or card stock the same size as the window thing and make your own, "diabetic on board" sign. Just a suggestion. But thanks for the keyring suggestion.

dgraff 2011-07-14 07:59:56 -0500 Report

Where do you get a tag for your keyring and what is an I.C.E. program?

2011-07-14 23:36:19 -0500 Report

Hey dggraff~~ after I read JoleneAL's advice, I went to where I kept my old ones took one,and immediately put it on my key ring. She is one smart cookie!!

leana1967 2011-07-14 09:35:51 -0500 Report

I.C.E. its a program app. that comes on a lot of cell phone now it stands for ( IN CASE EMERGENCY ) its under contacts on the cell phone usealy at the top of the contact list in red letters

shoulders 2011-07-14 01:21:18 -0500 Report

lmkilday; thanks for checking out the disscusion of mine. Yes I do understand that there are laws to protect the Diabetic.And I do carry amedical alert braclet with me at all times. But,the clip on Legal Problems for Diabetics made me start to really wonder what could happen? I haven't been stopped by an Officer. But, the clip made me stop and question lots of situations…What happens if things do go wrong if your stopped? And what happens if the DMV removes your license? What about your job site could they not hire you just because of Diabetes? They won't come out and say that they want hire you because of Diabetes. But, suddenly I'm rethinking alot of things.

shoulders 2011-07-14 01:09:51 -0500 Report

Jayabee52; Yes I do carry a medical alert braclet, and a card in my wallet that says I'm Diabetic. But thats not to say that it couldn't happen. And it might happenthat you get haled to jail.I saw the clip on Legal problems with Diabetes, and from that clip I've come to expect nothing but problems cause of Diabetes with driving and the DMV.Especially if Your Doctor doesn't fill out the forms to your favor.

lmkilday 2011-07-14 00:40:07 -0500 Report

Police will either give a breathalyzer or take you to the ER for a blood alcohol test. If they don't, you should request one because if you were weaving in traffice you will probably flunk a field sobriety test. Weaving in traffic gives the officer probable cause to stop you for possible DWI. Tell the officers several times you are diabetic until they give you a breathalyzer or blood test. If you say nothing, you may lose your driver's license for DWI. Don't be the prosecution's best witness.

jayabee52 2011-07-14 00:38:45 -0500 Report

you thank the officer for rescuing you from a dangerous sitIuation.

To answer the question you posed in the title: NO! You should have a medical ID if you are Person with Diabetes who is BREATHING! Dead PWDs don't have to bother.

I doubt that you will be dragged into court for a DWI if you are not intoxicated. I have been a PWD since 1995 and have been driving a lot both local and long distances. I have never been stopped for a suspected DWI. When behind the wheel I tend to keep my Blood Glucose levels slightly elevated, so I won't go low.

50Jewels 2011-07-14 21:04:57 -0500 Report

My car is one place I have stashed hard candy just in case I start feeling low. I drive 175 miles to see my son's family. I don't want to end a grandma trip with an accident. I have also been known to stop at a Walmart (about half way) for a quick Coke and a short car nap. When I go to see him I have started carrying a soda to sip on just in case I start to feel bad. I am happy when I get there and haven't had to use it, but I am not going out for the count without a fight.

cavie2 2011-07-14 02:14:57 -0500 Report

James you are at it again, your first paragraph was outragous and very funny. I have bracelets one on each wrist that states I am type 2 diabetic (just incase one arm gets ripped off in an accident) and I typed up my personal details like name, address, next of kin etc., and listed all my medications and strength of each including Insulin and have that folded in a locket around my neck. Just incase you are wondering "what happens if in an accident I have my head AND both arms ripped off, well I would be USCWAP

jayabee52 2011-07-14 07:55:24 -0500 Report

I have one of those USB flash bracelets with my entire medical history loaded into it. I have yet to have it tested. I pray I never will.

rellypoo 2011-07-14 02:53:30 -0500 Report

you and james are so hilarious it is like you have known each other 4 ever keep it up

cavie2 2011-07-14 03:36:24 -0500 Report

James, Jim and I all have the same warped sense of humour its like a magnet attracting like to like. We just can't help ourselves!!

Gimpalong 2011-07-16 00:05:14 -0500 Report

Keep it up, we all need a good chuckle daily! Even if you can't help yourselves! LOL Have a great weekend to all.