Diabetic Tools

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2012-02-14 20:24:55 -0600
Started 2012-02-10 11:14:07 -0600

I saw on the news last night about Mr. Green who was beaten by police during a traffic stop. He won his law suit however, the officers involved only recieved a reprimand and are left to do this again.

There are aids for drivers to put on their vehicles to let others know they are diabetic which I think would be good for a diabetic driving alone who may have a drastic BG change while driving.

Lauens Hope offers a "Diabetic Driver" License Plate holder for $15.95 at http://www.laurenshope.com

I know there are people who do not want others to know they are diabetic. If you are driving and have a BG change, the frame will alert rescue people or the police who are attempting to pull you over that you could be having a medical problem.

Tags: diabetes

22 replies

2012-02-14 19:57:52 -0600 Report

I just got mine in today's mail. I don't care if people know that I have diabetes. It's not like I have Leprosy or anything that's contagious.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-14 20:24:55 -0600 Report

anna, I don't care either. I think people focus too much on what others will think of them because they have a disease or disability when in reality most complete strangers don't care at all. My cousin is a breast cancer survivor and she lets everyone know it. I have made her awareness bracelets and she wears them proudly. She always wants to pay me for them but I won't take any money from her. I tell her to donate it to the American Cancer Association of a charity of her choice.

GabbyPA 2012-02-12 10:47:51 -0600 Report

That site is one of my favorite sties for ID's. They are a bit pricy, but your ID is not good if you don't like to wear it. These are stylish and bold. You can also buy the tags alone and make your own ID bracelet. The thing is, to make sure you are wearing something that tells the cops to stop.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-12 18:22:40 -0600 Report

Gabby, I saw a lady today with a beautiful Tiffany bracelet with two hearts as dangles. She had both hearts engraved with her medical information on them. One had medical conditions the other listed meds. and she added the medical alert tag with just the symbol on it. It was breath taking.

Medial Alert bracelets really are fashionable today and are made out of all kinds of materials. Even the ones for kids look really good.

I saw a Titanium Bracelet that is gorgeous that one of our wholesalers has. I want it so I can have it converted to a medical alert bracelet. I am currently looking for small blue circle beads to make diabetes awareness bracelets. I have a lot of breast cancer symbol beads and make them for breast cancer survivors.

Just because you have to wear a medical alert bracelet does not mean it can't be fashionable.

GabbyPA 2012-02-13 09:37:22 -0600 Report

You are so right. Just make sure that the ID part is clear enough to stand out. I have a charm bracelet that if I put an ID in it, there would be no way to find it. I have to wear a separate one for that.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-10 18:38:27 -0600 Report

So unfortunate, no wonder people don't see police in a positive way. The few bad make it hard on those that are good. I'm glad the family won their suit, but mad the officers were not fired. If a civilian did this to an officer, we know how that would turn out.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-10 19:01:08 -0600 Report

I agree, police officers have a job where they are constantly observed by the public and when people see them do wrong, this leads them to mistrust the police as well as to lose respect for them.

jayabee52 2012-02-12 18:56:43 -0600 Report

which adds to the vicious cycle. As some of my police friends say they feel they have to protect themselves and must be agressive.

Unfortunately that aggression gets out of hand and the police being human loses control. They see the worst of the worst, and that has an effect on them.

As I see it's a no-win situation this negative feedback loop between police and the public they are supposed to protect and serve.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-12 20:08:59 -0600 Report

James, Baltimore City is divided into 9 Police Districts. Each District has a community relations council I am the President of my district. The Police Commissioner meets with all 9 of us quarterly and we discuss what is working in our districts and what isn't.

Here are some positives

-Officers are trained continuously. There are training's with officers and invited citizens and training's for the 9 Police District Council Presidents which consists of:
a. Civilian Police Academy
b. Hicks Training; how officers are trained to use weapons free take downs
c. Shoot Don't Shoot training at the Police Firing Range including use of the
Shooting Simulator
d. 911 Call Center; listening to operators take incoming calls and the dispatcher
sending calls out to the officers
e. Diamond Training; Officers and Citizens openly discussing how citizens views
the public and how the public views the officers
-We have officers who are mentoring kids and no one knows this. I found out on a ride along
-National Night Out; 2nd Tuesday of August, officers and residents have outside functions in their communities.
-Civilian Review Board made up of Citizens to review police complaint cases.
-Shop with a Cop over the Christmas Holiday. Officers take kids shopping.
-Citizen on Patrol groups throughout the city; Officers and the Police Commissioner walking the streets in communities with residents living in the community in an effort to report crime and meet people living in the area.

The problem is the media is quick to show officers behaving badly yet rarely show them doing acts of kindness. Police officers have very visible jobs and are not supervised as someone working in a contained area. They are also held to higher standards. I think the public tends to forget that police officers are human beings subjected to the same problems as everyone else. They have families, pay mortgages, get married and divorced and do other things the same as civilians. These same human beings can be egotistical, narcissistic, bullies or they can be the nicest people you ever encounter.

In any job you are going to have both good and bad employees. People who come to work and do what they are suppose to do and those who do what they want and because they can easily get away with it they tend to do this all the time. Until the bridge can be built between the public and the police these problems will persist. This will be my 12th year of building the bridge to close the gap between the police and the public.

jayabee52 2012-02-13 09:43:45 -0600 Report

That sounds great. I'll have to speak with my police friends from my church and find out what "metro" is doing in this area.

Thank you Joyce for your service to Baltimore city!

ShellyLargent 2012-02-10 16:52:36 -0600 Report

There are also stickers that you can put on your vehicle's window that say "Diabetic Driver". I have one on both the driver's and passenger's sides of my Blazer. And I absolutely go nowhere without my ID bracelet!

GabbyPA 2012-02-12 10:51:41 -0600 Report

Here is a site for stickers or plate covers that might be handy. http://www.dadinnovations.com/products.html
I know some people don't want to advertise, but unfortunately, our police officers tend to hit and ask questions later. If there is a way to intervene before the event escalates, I think it is worth the effort.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-12 18:26:24 -0600 Report

Gabby my next project is to contact our state police to find out if our State Troopers are trained to recognize medical emergencies. I have a meeting with my city's Police Commissioner next month and will bring that up at the meeting. Not everyone swerving or breaking traffic laws who are not driving while drugged or intoxicated. When they stop them they should not react before determining if the person is not following their orders before determining that the person is resisting arrest when the person could be having a medical episode.

GabbyPA 2012-02-13 09:39:48 -0600 Report

That is a great step and will help even if you only get through to a few of them. I am going to start a CERT class this week. (Community Emergency Response Team) It is 8 weeks and you bet I will be bringing this topic up as well in first responders.

oldbuttercup 2012-02-10 17:18:29 -0600 Report

These sound like very helpful tools, but from what I understand from this incident as well as many others, even after the police knew, they still treated him terriably.
Besides being forced to post that you are a diabetic violates HEPA laws.
People find out I am a diabetic if I tell them. Not because of a sign I wear or in plain sight. I do have a necklace and a card in my wallet in case I become unconcious.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-10 18:35:32 -0600 Report

No one should be treated this way regardless of the reasons and should be fired. As far as posting a sticker in your window, this is not a violation as you are doing it yourself. HIPPA is different and is to allow info to be shared with others, usually for billing, diagnosis, etc. But it is your health and only you can decide what to do about it:) The way the officers reacted, I doubt a sticker would have deterred them in their actions.

oldbuttercup 2012-02-11 14:45:09 -0600 Report

What I am trying to say all people should be treated with honor, dignity and respect all the time, not just because of something you know about them, whether they told you or not.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-11 17:38:55 -0600 Report

old I totally agree with you, however, people will never treat others with honor, dignity and respect. You don't have to tell anyone anything about you to be treated differently. In most cases, you ARE treated differently based on race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and nationality. The fact of the matter is that too many people are caught up in their own selfishness and feel they are entittiled to do as they please regardless of others or the consequences their behavior or actions may cause.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-10 17:32:58 -0600 Report

Old you are not being forced to do anything. You cannot violate HIPPA laws if you are posting your own information. HIPPA protects you as a patient which means your medical information cannot be shared. In some cases, you will have to sign a release to have your medical records sent from one doctor to another.

As for the officers, they treated the person terribly because they lack proper training. As a community leader, I have set in on police training classes, attended cadet open house to talk to the cadets from a community perspective and completed a Civilian Police Academy class. The one thing I can say about our officers is that our Police Commissioner has training as a priority. Sure there are a few bad apples in every bunch and some have lost their jobs because of how they treat people during an arrest.

As a former EMT we had a driver passed out on the street in his car. His wallet was gone and all of his jewelry including his medical alert bracelet. A good samaritan helped himself to the mans belongings before help arrived. I was still in training at the time and thankfully the Paramedic recognized the symptoms and was able to treat the man. Even if you don't want to publish the fact that you are diabetic, what happens if you become unconscious and someone helps themselves to your wallet and necklace?

oldbuttercup 2012-02-11 17:58:55 -0600 Report

You said HIPPA means my medical information can not be shared if I do not wish it to be shared. If I am being forced to post it or wear a sign that violates my rights a s a human being. Do I have to let people know about my political views, marital status, race,or relegious affiliations? My illnesses should be the same way. You should not know about them unless I choose to tell you. I do have a necklace under my shirt and a card in my wallet in case I am alone (unlikely now because of all my other medical contions) and become unconcious. Hopefully if that does happen the person that finds me would not treat me like that poor EMT you mentioned.
I am glad that you have chosen to be part of the solution instead of the problem of how wicked so many have become.
That being said you are a shinining example of the kind people still out there, as are the wonderful people associated wwith this sight.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-11 19:00:09 -0600 Report

old HIPPA is a long tedious document to read and it has many components. In a nutshell it means your medical information cannot be shared with those who don't need it. This is why when you call the hospital to check on someone all they will tell you is the person is resting comfortably and the person could be dead.

No one forced you to wear your necklace or carry a card in your wallet. You do that because you choose to do so. It does help if you become unconscious because it tells medical personnel what your medical condition is and what meds you are on.

Our police department offers bracelets to senior citizens to wear at no cost to the senior citizens. The bracelet contains emergency contact information should they become lost or unconscious. Some choose to take them and wear them while others do not. I know what they look like but to someone who has never seen them, they look like an ordinary piece of jewelry.

I am a firm believer in keeping people safe. Especially children and senior citizens. When my mom was alive an on Oxygen, I had to post an Oxygen in use sign in the window. I also had to contact the power company about the medical equipment and they put a red flag on our power line at the house an on the pole to let repairmen know there was medical equipment in our house. She didn't want a sign in the window. I told her it is under the shade and she can't see it. Sometimes we have to do what is needed to stay safe.

oldbuttercup 2012-02-12 10:01:26 -0600 Report

I agree no one forces me to wear my necklace or have a wallet identification card. these are tools available fro my safety. I am against diabetic plates on my car or any other illness posted on my plates.