Emergency identification for diabetics

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-09-01 21:24:16 -0500
Started 2011-08-13 15:16:04 -0500

In case of medical emergency, what do you all use, carry or wear to id yourself as a diabetic? I just don't like the dogtag necklaces or bracelets.

55 replies

Doryian 2011-08-20 10:46:07 -0500 Report

I have one charm that says I'm diabetic with allergy info on my keys and one attached to my backpack that I use for a purse. I like the idea of having one attached to my watch. I think I'll investigate that. I guess I could put one on the dangles on my cell phone too. Seems like over-kill, but I guess it's better safe than sorry on this…

mysteria7130 2011-08-16 14:50:36 -0500 Report

I do not use anything. I canot afford it. But I have my son down as my emergency contact. When an ambulence comes, I have a sheet of paper listing my meds and my diagnosises taped inside the door of my refridgerator.

jayabee52 2011-08-16 14:55:16 -0500 Report

read down a litttle ways and kittenpur found a way you can get an USB one for $13 plus shipping. It had been $19 plus shipping. but it is only until the 17th.

kitkat1955 2011-08-16 10:35:08 -0500 Report

There are 100's of places that sell medical jewelry. I did a Google search yesterday and got something like 19 million hits! There are some very reasonable alternatives to the traditional bracelet or 'dog tag' pendants. Here's one site that has all sorts of nice options: http://www.laurenshope.com/. Personally, I ordered a watch charm from another company (although I can't seem to find the name now) and I've been very pleased with the price (less than $25) and the quality.

Gimpalong 2011-08-16 09:14:17 -0500 Report

I have one of the medic-alert bracelets which has my health information on it. I also carry a wallet card that my doctor has filled out. It has my health problems, what medications I take, etc. This way the EMT knows what I'm allergic to, and how to contact my doctor and family listed on the card. I haven't had to use them, praise the Lord, but I update the information whenever something changes.

2011-08-15 23:24:55 -0500 Report

Actually, I wear the medic alert bracelet. I hated the necklace. For me the necklace was ugly. I don't really mind the bracelet, it has helped me plenty of times. Glad I was wearing it.

robertoj 2011-08-15 21:23:07 -0500 Report

I don't wear any type of jewelry so I'm not really sure what I should do. Does anyone have any suggestions?

mysteria7130 2011-08-16 14:56:03 -0500 Report

write a card to put in wallet with all info and have dr. sign and date it. Not my suggettion. It was gimpalong's idea

kittenpurr1 2011-08-16 09:36:30 -0500 Report

The bracelet JB is talking about is on sale for 13 dollars type in the word (school )when checking out, it is on sale until the 17th, so you have a day, www.MedicalHistroyBracelet.com You can update this bracelet, it holds so much info, your choice of hospital, medications you are allergic to, medications you are taking. I love this bracelet, it comes in many colors. You can shower in it.

jayabee52 2011-08-15 22:04:45 -0500 Report

The bracelet I have on isn't jewelery. It is a rubberized plastic. Take a look at this site http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/ to see whether it would be something you could wear. The cost for purchasing mine plus shipping was less than $25. (less than $20 plus shipping) Walgreens has the same thing for less than $20 (not including tax) and if they have it in your size, you can avoid the shipping cost.

Take a look. It just might be what you're looking for. They come in various colors too.

princessbeiter 2011-08-15 18:31:49 -0500 Report

I have a USB drive that hangs on my keyring and a bracelet with a memory card in it. I don't wear the bracelet, but I always have my keys with me.

jayabee52 2011-08-15 21:54:16 -0500 Report

I would rather have my ID bracelet always visible and be able to be seen.

I have a USB drive (without the med history and ID info on it) on my keyring too, but my keys are not always visible. They're usually in my pants pocket or in the ignition of my car, and I can be separated from my keys. The bracelet stays on me 24/7/365+ unless I am changing info on it. I have had it on when swimming without ill effects to the USB drive.

princessbeiter 2011-08-16 02:05:28 -0500 Report

My problem is that the bracelet doesn't fit well, it's too tight. I'm looking in to getting a different one, though.

mysteria7130 2011-08-16 15:00:02 -0500 Report

You can probably go to a arts and craft store and get a litle pice of chain that enlarges your bracelet and you might find it in a catalog like carol wright catalog.

jayabee52 2011-08-16 10:55:41 -0500 Report

Howdy princess!
Janet (kittenpurr) said something about a sale on the bracelet I was talking about. Read her post a few posts above to find out the particulars.

jayabee52 2011-08-16 14:31:19 -0500 Report

just make sure you use a dressmaker's tape measure to meaure your wrist circumference, then I added a half inch to it to make sure it wasn't too tight. and ordered it that way

ShellyLargent 2011-08-15 11:36:44 -0500 Report

I have two that I wear. A "traditional" medical ID bracelet I got from Amazon.com and then I have a double italian charm bracelet with a "mega" charm on it that says DIABETIC. Most people notice it first before my other bracelet… It's probably overkill, but I want to make sure I'm covered, just in case!

1lady4 2011-08-14 21:38:20 -0500 Report

I wore a diabetic bracelet but it got worn out so my Aunt ordered me one from Avon but I did not have time to get it engraved lol & it has interchangable bands that you can put on the Avon bracelet

peewee0618 2011-08-14 17:57:44 -0500 Report

I have been trying to find one that is waterproof so I don't have to keep taking it off

scribbles 2011-08-15 22:08:51 -0500 Report

Go to medicalert.org and look around. The initial expense might get you but I've been using them since 1995 with excellent results. The bracelet does not come off and I replace it every 8 years, more often if my information changes. The emt just turns the bracelet over and reads my main medical challenges on the back of the bracelet and calls the number on the back. They give the emt my complete list of challenges, medical history, allergies, current meds, amount and time of dose and whom to contact. They also have my insurance information on file. It's a busy bracelet and I've only needed it twice. All I'm asking is that you look into it and make up your own mind.

jayabee52 2011-08-14 19:28:32 -0500 Report

are you talking about a USB flash drive bracelet? or something else?

I have worn my USB bracelet swimming without damaging it.

here's the website: http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/ If you want to see it in the real world before ordering, look at a Walgreens store and ask if they have one there. They usually have one or more, but I ordered mine online because Walgreens didn't have my size anywhere in town.

grandmaducky 2011-08-14 18:24:11 -0500 Report

i wear sterling silver bracelet you can wear it in water

peewee0618 2011-08-14 19:37:58 -0500 Report

that sounds good, where did you get it from

grandmaducky 2011-08-15 12:25:22 -0500 Report

i don't remember i just type in diabetes jewerly and brought up sites because i can't wear anything with nickle in it i look for sterling silver or stainless steel both can be wore in water good luck

Marytea 2011-08-14 09:01:44 -0500 Report

Thank you, everyone, for your input. You just bless me with your help.

kittenpurr1 2011-08-16 09:40:16 -0500 Report

That bracelet is on sale for one more day, it is 13 dollars right now, you just need to type in the word school at check at- the one JB is talking about. The sale ends on the 17th. So, time is limited, but it is worth the price, even when it's not on sale.

gbc43 2011-08-14 05:46:18 -0500 Report

I bought on from here and its a pain to put on and keep clean . It is a USB with theinfo program on it …

SirLoin 2011-08-14 01:10:22 -0500 Report

I actually made my own bracelet with a wooden identifier. It was fun.

lilsista39 2011-08-14 21:25:32 -0500 Report

Now that is truly unique.I just got my mom"s my dad gave them to a few days ago.I will never let them out of my sight,or take them off of my wrist .

Diaschm 2011-08-14 00:17:32 -0500 Report

I wear a solid gold medal and chain that I purchased some time ago from medic alert. It is more of a piece of jewelry and wear it all the time. It saved my life a few years back when I was out of town and I fell and hit my head. By the time I got to the hospital the paramedics had passed on my info to the emergency room doctors. So even though I was unconcious the doctor had all my information. I always carry a medic alert card in my wallet too. I think that no matter what you chose it is important to have it on you all the time. Because you never know when you are going to need the info to save your life. Diana

jayabee52 2011-08-13 19:37:54 -0500 Report

I have just gotten an ID bracelet in May 2011 which has a usb "flash" memory in it. It is water resistant and I wear it 24/7/365+ I have even worn it swimming without incident.

I bought it from the website http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/ although I've seen them in Walgreens too. inside the band is printing: "Plug into a USB port for my medical history.

After you plug it in to a USB port in your own computer You can follow the prompts on the software to give all your contact info, your personal representatives' info, your current Drs' contact information, your complete medical history, if you have DNR orders. The drive holds 2 gigabites of information, so it is unlikely you'll run out of room.

Use a dressmaker's measuring tape to tell how big your wrist is in inches, and then get half an inch bigger.

As I am a dialysis patient I also want to get an engravable metal bracelet to wear with the USB bracelet. I have a fistula in my left arm to protect. It is my point of entry for the dialysis needles. If I am unconscious I need to warn the responders not to take my blood pressure on my left arm, or insert an IV or give me needlestick injections in my left arm either.

I think an engravable metal bracelet of some kind would be just the ticket to do that. But I am rather bewildered as to what would be the best way to attach it to my wrist. I will figure it out and then go with what I think is the best and wear it on my left arm with my USB bracelet.

rdesperado20 2011-08-14 01:11:58 -0500 Report

i have everthing written down, but i have to get a bracelet or neckace. i thought about getting o port to put all my infromation. i have a implant in my lumbar and i can not have no MRI if they do not read the out of paper i ra out of luck. need to invest in a bracelet for the whole family. i would seriouly think about getting the USB port.

camerashy 2011-08-13 23:45:45 -0500 Report

There's just one problem with bracelets. My mom has been picked up by ambulance and taken to the emergency room twice, and no one even looked at her wrist to see if she's wearing a bracelet. She is.

nanaellen 2011-08-13 17:07:54 -0500 Report

My Mom just bought me and Dad a diabetes bracelet. I do wear it when I go out but it's not very comfortable. It opens to say I have a card in my wallet with med info but has the diabetes symbol on it.