Medical Alert Jewelry...Looking for some leads.

By BeckyJ Latest Reply 2009-11-15 06:35:16 -0600
Started 2009-03-28 13:03:27 -0500

My 31st Birthday is coming up and for my gift Mom and I have decided that we would both like to get new Med tags. Right now I am wearing my uncles old one that just reads "DIABETIC". We're looking for ones that allow more space for conditions and personal info. We are both on limited budget so looking for something reasonable. Anyone have some suggestions? The ones we have found are all around the $100 mark and that is out of the question.

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imsuzie2 2009-11-15 06:35:16 -0600 Report

Wow, started with Sticky Jewelry and it is great. I have a stainless dog tag type that just says Diabetic and it turns my neck green or black, so I carry it in my purse. I agree with everyone here, we need to personalize them. I will take some time to check each of the sites listed, and I thank all of you for your input! S2

Momto3 2009-03-29 21:55:40 -0500 Report

Does someone with T2 need a Medicalert bracelet?

dj7110 2009-03-29 22:10:59 -0500 Report

type 1 or 2 makes no difference. Both can have an emergancy from a low. By haveing a necklace/braclet it can speak for you at times you can't and save your life.

BeckyJ 2009-03-29 15:38:06 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for the advice. For now I have the standard one that reads DIABETIC and a little sticker that reads "see wallet card", but I need one that lists my allergies and other medical conditions. The nurse at Endo's office said that the one I have now is pretty useless since my allergic reactions to morphine, codine and Phenergen are so severe…grand mall seizures. Also because I'm bi-polar with a history of black-outs they want one that reads that too. As you can tell that adds up to a lot of space on an ID. I need a large one and all of those seem to be pretty expensive. Still on the hunt for one. Some you've suggested will work for Mom though. She already has a necklace with her allergies and was going to get a new one that has Diabetic on it as well. She's newly diagnosed and on oral meds and Byetta. Has anyone had experience with the Flash drive ID's? My brother suggested that but it seems like it's not as effective, no immediate information as they have to hook up to a computer. Curious.

rbergman 2009-03-29 09:51:06 -0500 Report

Hello, I myself didn't wear any type of Medical ID, then, back in February our 7yr old daughter was diagnosed diabetic, plus she already had a thyroid condition and severe allergies. So, I started researching to get her a medical ID as it was past time to make sure if something happened to her at school or some place other than at home people would know what conditions she has.
The one we finally decided on was at I know the name sounds funny but we were able to get her a sterling silver necklace pendant for around $22 and on the back it has her name, then diabetic, then hypothyroid, then allergies, all listed. It also says stickyJ and has a registration # and the pendant isn't huge so that it looks gaudy but big enough to be seen and the front has the red medical symbol printed on it. Then we went to Wal-Mart and bought a sterling silver chain to put the pendant on.
Other places on the internet I looked at which also were decently priced was and Medic Alert…what I didn't like about Medic Alert was that you pay around $40 to register with them, and the ID only tells you to call a phone number for Medic Alert to find out what the persons conditions truly are, to me this sounds like a waste of time, I want everything right there on the ID so they know immediately what conditions I have, not call a phone number and wait for someone to pull up my conditions on a screen and then tell them over the phone.
Recently our daughter had yet another condition diagnosed, Addison's Disease and therefore we had to order another ID for her with this condition listed as well and I again went with the sticky jewelry company. They also have sports bands type ID's, watches, necklaces, bracelets, key fobs, etc, and of course the sterling silver is cheaper than gold but they do have gold as an option.
They also have stainless steel as an option that is even cheaper than the sterling silver to save someone even more money.

Hope this helps you some!

lipsie 2009-03-29 01:40:42 -0500 Report

I just checked out that site myself cuz Ty n I was just talking over this same thing…he is also allergic to pennicinlin…and I have seizures..BUT my issues is I have like big ol' wrist/hands so I duuno about the braclet thing. *sigh Sheila

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Cricket Crafter 2009-03-28 16:53:52 -0500 Report

Beyer .com and the Jonas brothers' have supported a new program and they designed child, adult and non diabetic family member charms on nice chain. 5.00 a piece which Nick Jonas donates to diabetic cure and research

rbergman 2009-03-29 09:59:59 -0500 Report

These are nice for the price but, they only say Diabetic on them, no other information so if you have other conditions it doesn't really help much, and I wonder also, those of you who have had ID's made, do you just have Diabetes put on there or do you also have it tell whether you are T1 or T2? For a T1 the answer is going to be an insulin issue, however what if you are a T2 and NOT on insulin but only oral meds, if it just says diabetic sure it tells them what you have but would they automatically assume insulin? Mine says "Diabetes T2" and that I'm allergic to PCN. Then in smaller letters it says "see wallet card" That way they not only know I'm a T2 but that my medications are listed on a wallet card, and, I have my drivers license wrapped inside my wallet card, they can't get my drivers license out without pulling out the wallet card with it, just to try and save them from having to dig around looking for the wallet card or my license to figure out who I am should the need arise.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-28 13:34:55 -0500 Report

This doesn't help but I am thinking about making my own. Purchase a tag that I can use on different bands that I make. I am even thinking about an anklet for the summer (pool).

lipsie 2009-03-28 13:18:19 -0500 Report

I have NO idea though all this talk lately I think Ty n I are going to do the same as well, heck I also have a seizue disorder that started about a year back so I REALLY need one. I'll keep looking. Sheila

2009-03-28 13:32:53 -0500 Report

Becky, this won't help you much but it might help others looking for a cheap band that says either Diabetic, Type 1 Diabetic or Seizure Disorder. I have just about every color and they are only around $4.00 each. It's $2.50 shipping, but if you order 1 or 10, it's only $2.50 shipping. I like mine, they hold up well, and I change them out according to what I'm wearing. Check it out I've had a good experience with them. Take care, Angie

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-28 13:43:09 -0500 Report

Audree I just went to the site and they are really cool. But, it ticks me off that they are $5 !!! Every charity/cause sells the same exact thing for $2 and makes 50% profit. Slap the word diabetic on it and they are going for triple profit.

2009-03-28 14:14:24 -0500 Report

Are they $5.00 now? OMG. When I ordered mine, they were $2.99 (I think), maybe $3.50 at the most. I got mine back in December. Wow, they have marked them up and I hate it, because they are really good bands. Take care, Angie

ewskis 2009-03-28 14:33:51 -0500 Report

I'm a big fan of coolmedid bracelets and think that the price is reasonable when you look at all the other bracelets and the price that is being asked for those.

2009-03-28 14:37:45 -0500 Report

I was thinking about the price going up, lol, it's our economy. I know I love my bands and I would pay $5.00 for these. They get a person's attention and that's what we need in a diabetic crisis. Take care!

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