Medical ID Bracelet

Sly Kitty
By Sly Kitty Latest Reply 2012-03-06 04:14:01 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 17:04:50 -0600

Do you have/wear a medical ID bracelet? Do you think you should if you don't? Are you considering getting one? It was suggested I should get one, but I am not sure it is really necessary. Thank you

109 replies

alex.smith 2012-03-06 04:14:01 -0600 Report

Medical bracelets should be worn 24/7 in case there was ever any kind of emergency were your ID bracelet would list your information needed for a medical professional to know right away.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-25 12:40:51 -0600 Report

Has anyone ever worn those rubber bracelets that have diabetic stamped on it? They are very inexpensive, but I wonder if anyone would notice it is that if I were unconcious. If you wear one of these do you feel confident anyone would notice it? Thank you

melissa1987 2012-01-22 16:49:58 -0600 Report

That's a good idea making your own cuz the ones I seen r ugly n expensive

pixsidust 2012-01-25 23:05:18 -0600 Report

I went on a site for hand made items called Etsy. Type in diabetic as a search term. There are different sellers there. I found one who makes bracelets from amethyst, jade, seed pearls, blue lapiz. She charges $10 a bracelet and I think $2 postage. It may be more to go to Canada but this is so affordable and they are pretty

pixsidust 2012-01-25 23:05:04 -0600 Report

I went on a site for hand made items called Etsy. Type in diabetic as a search term. There are different sellers there. I found one who makes bracelets from amethyst, jade, seed pearls, blue lapiz. She charges $10 a bracelet and I think $2 postage. It may be more to go to Canada but this is so affordable and they are pretty

pixsidust 2012-01-22 17:10:36 -0600 Report

I bought two sterling silver charm hearts that have diabetic on it
I can attach that to any bracelet.
I bought two bracelets that are crystal, glass hearts, ceramic hearts and lamp work beads in two color themes. They are really pretty.
It ended up around $18.50 total per bracelet including shipping
Or you can just get the charms for around $5.50 at the charm factory
and attach to a bracelet or necklace you already own

granniesophie 2012-01-22 05:35:32 -0600 Report

Creative Medical ID has an Italian Charm bracelet with lots of choices, or you could buy and add your own charms to it, being standard size. The front is actually a Medical Alert tag with the Medical thing on it (don't know what its called!) in red or black, and they engrave your name or something on the front, and up to 4 lines of info on the back, like your conditions, ICE info, allergies, whatever you want.
I get lots of people asking about it, and it's very comfortable to wear. It has my daughter's number on it ICE, and it has come in handy once or twice, not because someone has had to call, but because I don't actually know her number (cell phone speed dial, ya know!) and all I did was look at my bracelet, and there it was ;)

DeanaG 2012-01-22 03:23:34 -0600 Report

I couldn't find one I really liked, so I bought some Italian charms and made my own. It has 2 charms in the shape of hearts w/ the med symbol and then one that just says "Diabetic" in the center. I also carry a card in my wallet with conditions, medications and emergency contact listed.

eristar 2012-01-22 06:11:20 -0600 Report

I got a cute one from Lauren's Hope, which has multi-colored beads along with the alert tag, which you can get plain or angraved. It's very cute.

tisdell 2012-01-21 16:49:23 -0600 Report

I think an ID bracelet is good to have just incase you get sick an can't talk or pass out,someone can look at your ID bracelet to see whats going with you and call for help and save your life so the ID is good to have. i have one my self.

northerngal 2012-01-20 14:09:15 -0600 Report

I wear a MedicAlert bracelet. Can't wear silver, so my Mom bought the gold one for me. I told them I would not pay to change information, that it was a scam and a rip-off to charge and, lo and behold, they didn't!!!! Mine simply has a contact number with Doctors names and phone number. Any pertinent info is available only to those really qualified to receive it. I don't think the number has ever been used because people don't think to look. 911 is too easy and they can pat themselves on the back as a hero, when the call may not have been necessary. My Doctors office has several brochures with multiple types of bracelets for a wide range of prices. I also have a "Road ID"…they are tags on your shoes, ankle or wrist with whatever information you want on it. (space is somewhat limited, but important info fits fine). Those can be moved to different gear or outfits as needed. I wouldn't be without because you never know!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-20 16:35:59 -0600 Report

Thank you, good to know.

northerngal 2012-01-21 13:16:18 -0600 Report

I believe their website is "road id. com". Its a small silver tag with whatever information you want, engraved on it. Mine is on my cycling shoes, so it velcros to the strap across the top of the shoe. There are ankle bands, bracelets, necklaces, helmet tags, shoe tags, almost any type of attachment you can imagine. There is no medical symbol but you can chose the type that fits your needs best.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-21 13:28:07 -0600 Report

Thank you for letting other's know where to get them, as it all helps when an emergency strikes, but let's hope it doesn't:)

MillyJo 2012-01-19 23:37:56 -0600 Report

Yes, having a medical alert item is very important. However, when you go to the companies that send a dog-tag, or most bracelets, each time your medications change you have to notify them AND THEY USUALLY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR CHANGING THEIR RECORDS!

Several years ago I found a better option: an information bracelet! This is a bracelet with a stretch band, like a watch. It has a chamber (where the watch would be) that has the medic alert symbol prominently displayed. The chamber opens. Inside is a sheet that has your medical information on it: personal info-address, phone, who to contact. It also has your medical conditions, your allergies, your physicians info, your pharmacist info, and best of all, all of the meds you take every day along with the amounts. When your meds are changed, it is easy to go in and change the info on the sheet. Even better, I created a template in microsoft word that has this info on it (several copies to a page). I can go in and change anything on this info page, print out the page, cut off one info sheet, fold it and put it in the bracelet- - -no extra charge! The bracelet is water-resistant, but not water-proof, so having extra sheets ready to install is nice. BTW when I go to the doctor's office or to the hospital, when they ask for info, I just open the bracelet and give them the sheet and they xerox it and attach it to the sheet they are working on. Then I put the original back into the band.

Maja1959 2012-01-22 08:24:57 -0600 Report

I love this idea! I checked it out online. I had bought one for a keychain I can't remember the co but it made me pay to update the software every so often. Right now I have a tag you wear around your neck that is engraved. This would give so much info! The one I viewed online did not show the chamber where you put the piece of paper that has your info that you give to them to xerox though curious where this chamber is? I am actually considering ordering one.

MillyJo 2012-01-24 23:14:35 -0600 Report

I wish I could upload a photo. I could send a photo with the chamber open. The bar that sits on top of the wrist (with the medic alert symbol on it) is the top of the chamber. You lift up on the end with the emblem and it swings open. The chamber on the male bracelet is larger that the one on the female bracelet.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-21 09:13:35 -0600 Report

Is this the kind you have? Hopefully the person who finds you has a computer to find your infomation quickly. This is a great way to store a lot of info, but don't know if this would be much help in some instances with no computer available. Thank you

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-20 09:20:52 -0600 Report

That is an excellent idea & I have seen pictures of those bracelets also, just thought about it not being water proof & having to change the info so often, but your info with regard to this makes so much more sense. Thank you for sharing this wise info with us.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-20 00:21:06 -0600 Report

How big is this that it can hold a sheet of paper with all that info? Can you post the site to buy it or where you bought it please. Sounds interesting

MillyJo 2012-01-20 11:08:06 -0600 Report

Originally, I bought mine at a pharmacy. Today, many of the Christmas catalogs have them. For example, the Carol Wright catalog has them and you can see them at this link.

You may have to copy and paste this address because it is so long. :) I am not suggesting you use Carol Wright over other companies, that was just the catalog I could find today. The insert card that comes with it does not allow you to put all this info on it. My Word template does. The insert I print out from Word is 1-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inches and holds all my info on one side. The back of it is blank, so there is room to add more info, if you need to.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-20 09:22:43 -0600 Report

I think this is something we all can do ourselves & if the print is small enough you can probably fit on half a page or fit to size. Thank you for your question too because many of us are wondering too.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-20 13:47:43 -0600 Report

Ok, I looked at the site, and it opend up and has a sticker inside, and then a form you fill out and keep in pursr/wallet. If I have to write on the sticker, forget it as I need a larger surface to see and write. But good for others:)

Hopes2blueyes 2012-01-19 02:21:27 -0600 Report

I wear a bracelet, have a card in my wallet & a list of my meds & dosages. Most people wouldn't do what I'm about to do, but I am getting a new tattoo…a beautiful ribbon with "Diabetic" on it. I may hate D but count it as a Blessing and 1 of my lifes lessons to learn by.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-19 17:26:06 -0600 Report

I don't have any, but that is one tattoo I consider a life saver. Where will you wear it? Thank you

Misspearl01 2012-01-18 21:15:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice. I have seen to doctors first told me I was pre diabetic second told me I was a type 2. March was the closest appointment out of four endos. I choose to go to the new diabetic clinic that opened last year in my area. Thanks for your advice

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-18 21:19:27 -0600 Report

Good then you do have a clinic to go to that specializes in diabetes. Thank you & keep us posted in how you are doing. Thank you

2012-01-18 13:37:25 -0600 Report

I wear a bracelet, have medallions (lack of a better word) on my key chain, as well as on the windshield and back window of my car. I guess I'm pretty well prepared for just about anything. But w/my luck, it'll happen when I'm flying to go on a holiday somewhere. So maybe, I'll insert notification into my wallet. God only knows when a diabetic episode gonna strike.

jnblair 2012-01-18 12:49:01 -0600 Report

I wear a medical alert bracelet only when i leave my home i feel it makes me feel safer so if something does happen peolpe will know that i'm diabetic and if i'm allergic to certain things

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-20 09:28:48 -0600 Report

Good idea, but if you live alone I think you should wear one all the time in case of emergency. Thank you

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-18 11:10:50 -0600 Report

I weara MedicAlert dog tag. On the back is engraved with basic information, an 800 number to call and an ID number.
Medic alert keeps an update file on your condition(S), medications (with dosage and frequency), your doctors and contact person.
You can update it as often as you need and they supply you with a MedicAlert card for yor wallet with your medictions, conditions and doctor.
It is not a free service but with all its the data it stores and its updatability, it is invaluable.

Rosey1234 2012-01-18 11:06:35 -0600 Report

it is important to wear one i am a walker on an insulin pump my sugars are crazy

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-19 02:32:23 -0600 Report

You should, as not everyone knows what a pump is or looks like, may mistake it for something else. You could always just get the rubber band and wear it when walking. I just got a blue one free in the mail. It won't have info, but at least it'll say diabetic.

pixsidust 2012-01-18 10:05:00 -0600 Report

I was shopping and running errands last week
when suddenly I felt really low and dizzy

I only had two boiled eggs for breakfast and it was mid afternoon
There was a Penn station sandwich shop in the same
strip center that I was shopping in, so I went there to eat, sit
and wait till I felt better to drive.
As I was waiting for my sandwich I realized that
while I had a sticker in the window of my car
and my key chain also said Diabetic that if I passed out
they may not look at it right away.
I felt at a disadvantage with no bracelet or necklace on.
I felt vulnerable and in a way…I was.
I ate a small Reuben sandwich and drank fresh squeezed lemon aide
which under normal circumstances I would not get
I tested when I got home and this lunch kicked me up to 120 BG

I ran over my mind all the I should haves
Like take my insulated lunch bag with snacks.
I should have taken my meter with me.
I could have eaten something small at home
even if I was not hungry to plan for my shopping trip
and I could have been wearing my bracelet!!!!

MewElla 2012-01-18 10:11:34 -0600 Report

Glad you were close to getting a samwich and drink to bring bg back up. This has happened to me and I know it was scary for you. Take care..

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-18 10:10:57 -0600 Report

Yes, this is exactly what has happened to me which is why I got to thinking how many of us actually wear one. I hope you keep snacks handy or those glucose tablets for the times you are unable to get carbs down quickly. Eating only eggs didn't provide you with carbs so you may want to consider eating a slice of toast with your eggs or eating a cup of fruit or a small apple at breakfast. You must get carbs in because you are at risk if you don't.

MewElla 2012-01-18 10:16:06 -0600 Report

I do wear a medical alert bracelet all the time. Never know when this bracelet could actually be an incredible help to me if I passed out or something…Best to be prepared and I always carry my snacks/water when starting out anywhere from my car and handy.

Michelle S123
Michelle S123 2012-01-18 08:32:21 -0600 Report

I know a great site for Medical ID Bracelets. Its They have silicone bracelets for diabetes that you can actually write your information on, and all the rest of their bracelets can be custom engraved and there is no charge for the engraving. I have been looking a longgggggg time and finally found one I liked. Thought I would pass it on…

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-18 21:01:02 -0600 Report

Thank you & I believe this is the site I was looking at them. Good Job & I hope we all get them soon.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-18 13:58:51 -0600 Report

They have a red beaded braclet that I want. Thank you:)