By Smokebaby Latest Reply 2013-02-27 06:34:46 -0600
Started 2013-01-16 10:42:59 -0600

A friend suggested I get an Id bracelet or necklace… It's not a bad idea… but I don't want something cheap looking. I don't want to spend thousands on it either. Anyone know of a great place I could order from ? And is bracelet better then a necklace ?

27 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 06:34:46 -0600 Report

I'm into bling! I found a charm with stones in it and went a bought a diamond bracelet( very tiny diamonds) and had the charm sodered on. I've gotten tons of compliments and I think its lovely.

Dakota Creek
Dakota Creek 2013-01-22 08:52:47 -0600 Report

Go to they make the plastic bands. I and my step son both got one about 3 years ago and I have never taken it off. Lots of different colors and pretty good price too.

ShellyLargent 2013-01-17 16:23:59 -0600 Report

I have a bracelet that I'm supposed to wear, but I always forget to put ot on… I'm seriously thinking about getting a tattoo on one of my wrists to look like a medical alert bracelet. I've really been wanting to get another tatt, but my hubby isn't going for it. He will let me do this one tho…

manapua72 2013-01-16 23:35:11 -0600 Report

Almost all of my coworkers know I'm diabetic , I've made it known …

jayabee52 2013-01-16 23:50:07 -0600 Report

That is almost always the safeest way for you!

When I was doing Certified Nurse aide work in Home Healthcare all of my regular dlients knew, but when I got into working in hospital ERs and Med/surg floors, most of everyone didn't because I only worked part time for those places and those were big places where not everyone worked the same schedule all the time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 19:57:25 -0600 Report

American Medical ID has pretty ones in silver, gold, stainless steel and titanium. You can even get the really dainty ones like a Tiffany Bracelet. You can go on the site and build you very own bracelet.

Nick1962 2013-01-16 17:38:43 -0600 Report

Hmmm. While it certainly is a good idea to get one, why not wait until you know if you actually need one. It hasn’t even been a month since your diagnosis, and unless you’ve shared and we missed it, you don’t even know what type or how bad it is.
Right now, for me personally, if I were treated for something as a T2 and didn’t respond like one (which I don’t), that might be cause for a different treatment. In my case, I had to take steroidal painkiller shots that are known to shoot T2’s up to around 300 mg-dl. I only topped out at 200 and they questioned if I was really diabetic, and if I was, why I wasn’t reacting like one and/or was their dosage correct.
I know you’re eager to get on with life, but maybe a check with the doc first. Heck, could even be that with what you’ve done so far, you’re right back to normal anyway.

MzPeaches 2013-01-16 17:17:14 -0600 Report

Thanks jayabee52 this information is great. I like this idea of having something my doctor can download on to her laptop, for my medical history do to the fact I may forget when and where the last time I saw my specialist or did lab work. Wonderful idea. :)

jayabee52 2013-01-16 17:50:34 -0600 Report

you DO have to update them from time to time to keep that kind of information current if you want to use it that way. But I have my Drs' contact info on mine and they then can call the Dr should they wish further information on me.

MzPeaches 2013-01-18 15:56:12 -0600 Report

oh okay that helps too. I talked to my Dr and she was also fond of the bracelet I will get one next month and try it out. Yeah drs should but you know we all are just a $ sign to most of them. I sometimes find a dr who is interested in my health more than the money. :)

jayabee52 2013-01-16 16:24:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Smokee, This has been a recurrent discussion over the years. I wear a bracelet which has a flash drive on it see it here ~

A thread of one such discussion from 2011 may be found here ~ pixsidust November 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm (extraneous info removed)

>>I recommend the bracelet with the flash drive. Walgreen's sells them for $19.99 This is the link for the black one but they do come in colors, pink, blue and red too. You can put all your medical history, meds you take contact numbers etc… on it. It says online only but my walgreen's and probably others have them near the pharmacy.;

pink one;

reply jayabee52 November 29, 2011 at 7:19 am
Here is the website for the USB / Flashdrive bracelet ~

I have found that the size and color selection at Walgreens are rather limited. I had to order from the website as none of the Walgreens at which I checked in Las Vegas had them in a large enough size to fit my wrist.

Please make sure to measure your wrist with a dress-maker's tape measure and then add 1/4 to 1/2 inch so it is not too tight.

(Whole discussion may be found here ~ )

granniesophie 2013-01-16 15:42:40 -0600 Report

Lauren's Hope is a great site, or Creative Medical ID. They both have bracelets that look really stylish, and the Medical ID tag is engravable, front and back. And you won't spend a fortune either. And the bracelets are interchangeable-you buy one Medical ID tag and you can buy as many different bracelets as you like! I've used both places and been very satisfied. I don't work for either place, just bought from them, so it's my opinion only, you have to decide for yourself :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 20:23:54 -0600 Report

I was going to order one of them until one of my customers had one for about 2 months before it broke. She brought it to me to repair. I could not believe the quality of the beads in those bracelets. Be careful with them and they should last a while. She had the charm so I made her one out of Amethyst stones and Swarovski Crystal. Amethyst is her birthstone. She said she got them to wear when she goes out for special occasions. I took the additional bracelets apart and turned them into a bracelet earrings and necklace set for her 10 yr old granddaughter. She came back before Christmas so I could make a fancier one for the holidays.

I have been combing the internet for the diabetes beads with the blue circle on them. I have the breast cancer ones. I have even asked vendors I buy stones and ceramic beads from when I go to bead shows. I wish someone would make them. I use the the breast cancer ones for bracelets and earrings. Over the holiday, my sister and I used them to make Breast Cancer Awareness Angel Earrings with Angel Wings and a bead tube with the bead as the head and a circle of crystal as the halo. I would love to do those with the diabetes beads if I could find them.

granniesophie 2013-01-17 05:22:45 -0600 Report

Joyce, I will look for them here in Phoenix, but I'm not not sure they even make them, as you said! My bracelets are almost 7 years old now, and still going strong, but I am careful, and I have a black leather strand for whne I travel, so I never take it off and can get it wet. The beaded ones you can't get wet in the shower and such-that's when they fall apart.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-28 17:51:29 -0600 Report

You should never get beaded jewelry wet simply because you don't know what was used to string the beads. I get a lot of beaded jewelry that needs to be repaired. People get upset because they don't have all the beads and I can't match them and they want it exactly the way it was before it was broke. Taking care of your bracelets will make them last.

Sophie, I really don't think the beads exist. If you find them please let me know. I will send you a bracelet once I get the beads as a gift especially for you.

manapua72 2013-01-16 12:49:49 -0600 Report

Or a tattoo saying you're diabetic … Some diabetics do this …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 20:01:38 -0600 Report

Talked to a diabetic with the tattoo Saturday. It is on her arm. Paramedics didn't see it 3 weeks ago because of long sleeves and they are not trained to look at tattoos. She said she fainted at work and her coworkers called an ambulance. No one she works with knew she was diabetic and because they didn't see the tattoo, they didn't know how to treat her. She said she stopped being vain and ordered the bracelet. I asked her didn't her coworkers notice the tattoo during the summer months. She said she wears long sleeves to keep it covered.

Lentyl 2013-01-28 17:37:28 -0600 Report

If she wants to keep the tattoo covered why on earth did she get it???

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-28 18:12:29 -0600 Report

My neighbor has one between her eyebrows and is having a hard time finding a job because of it. A friends niece graduated from college,and while in college, she had her name tattooed on her neck. She got a job with a law firm. She got the job during the winter and wore Turtle Necked sweaters. When spring arrived she wore blouses which exposed the tattoo. She was told to cover it or quit her job. She is saving money to have it removed. These days you can get fired or not get a job based on what you post on Facebook.

Lentyl 2013-01-28 18:22:33 -0600 Report

I had read about the Facebook thing but wasn't aware of the other sorts of things. It must be difficult for some people like the gal in the law office.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-28 18:27:53 -0600 Report

It is. The thing is her mother told her not to get the tattoo. She got it the minute she turned 18. Sometimes we do things without thought to what these things can do to hinder our future.

Lentyl 2013-01-28 20:50:23 -0600 Report

That's what went through my mind. When I was young my mother used to comment, "Act in haste. Repent at leisure", whenever she saw someone doing something that might be regretted later. It still holds true today.

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