Medical Alert ID Bracelet

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-11-28 12:43:09 -0600
Started 2014-11-23 20:37:21 -0600

I have been wearing a medical alert ID bracelet for years. I was adviced to do so by my doctor. Now that I am on insulin he says it is more important in cases of emergency and I am not able to communicate with anyone. My bracelet has on the top Diabetic and on the bottom side I had my name engraved… My son was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic about 3 months ago. I bought him a mans ID bracelet and a dog tag type necklace. He wore it for a while then he was told that if he is not on insulin then he should not wear them. What are your thoughts on this.

18 replies

BreC 2014-11-26 19:46:42 -0600 Report

I have so many medical issues that I pretty much have to wear something at least when I go out. I get a doctors report after every doctor visit and carry at least one latest report from each doctor with me every where I go. In an emergency anyone can read the report and know what meds I am on and what I am being treated for. This was very handy with my first visit with the Endo/Lipid Specialist. He was very pleased that I had the reports to show.

Pegsy 2014-11-26 19:36:35 -0600 Report

I can't stand to wear anything on my wrist so I have a dogtag. I wear it when I remember, which isn't very often. I know I should wear it all the time. I am sure to wear it when we travel but confess that I am more laid back about it when I am home.

VRandy 2014-11-26 15:37:11 -0600 Report

Hey BreC - I wear a dogtag with the diabetic description, my blood type and known allergies. I asked my Dr. about it and he agreed that it was a good idea to have it on at all times. Even though I'm not on insulin, he said every diabetic ought to have one. Seems like a wise precaution to me. I'd highly recommend he wear one!

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-26 14:39:45 -0600 Report

I think that it is a very wise idea to wear some form of medical alert jewelry. you don't have to have a diabetic emergency to need treatment and even those of you that are type 2's would not wish to be given some type of medication that would make your BS go sky high. I agree with you BreC I have a daughter that is about to turn 25 and I sometimes ask friends what they would do in this case or that case. Sometimes we just want to see what others think or might do in a certain situation, but ultimatly we will decide to do what we think is the right thing for us and our families. By the way you reminded me that I need to order a new braclet, Thank you. Have a great holiday.

BreC 2014-11-24 07:40:46 -0600 Report

Well I wanted to get other opinions before advising him to continue wearing them or at least one of them. They were not expensive. Paid $18 for both but they will serve their purpose. Thank you all for your input.

Chopstix 2014-11-26 15:00:23 -0600 Report

$18?! Please tell us where you found them as I keep seeing prices for almost twice that or higher. In my opinion anyone who has a medical condition should wear an ID bracelet/necklace. How else will first responders know what kind of ailment you have so they won't start treating you for the wrong thing…

BreC 2014-11-27 09:45:34 -0600 Report

Chopstix, I bought my sons at our local Walgreens store. Mine is yellow gold and I bought it at my favorite jewelry store. I had mine engraved.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-24 12:32:43 -0600 Report

In my opinion If my child was doing something that was detrimental to his health I would not be online asking for someone's opinion before talking to my child. I would have had that discussion the minute I was told by him what the doctor said.

If the doctor told him that which for some reason I doubt, that doctor appears to know very little about diabetes. Is it possible your son told you this because he doesn't want to wear the dog tag or the bracelet?
If he has an episode while alone, treatment for his diabetes could be delayed because no one would know that he is a diabetic. He is playing Russian Roulette with his life and if you want for the opinions of others to talk to him, you are helping him. Please talk to him immediately.

BreC 2014-11-24 13:12:59 -0600 Report

My son is 41 years old. He was told by a paramedic that came into the store where he works that he should not wear the bracelet. I joined this community website to learn more about diabetes and especially insulin usage. If I don't ask questions then I am not helping him or myself.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-24 13:44:24 -0600 Report

You said doctor now its Paramedic. Why on earth would you take advice from a Paramedic? You son is 41 years old and it is going to be up to him to decide whether or not to wear the bracelet. I still asks why anyone would need the opinion of others to talk to their child about anything health related. I have a medic alert bracelet. I don't wear it everyday. because that is my choice. I am not going to listen to anyone's opinion about my bracelet because I do what is best for me. Your son is going to do what is best for him regardless of what you say and odds are not care about anyone else's opinion. As I said before this is only my opinion.

GabbyPA 2014-11-24 05:24:05 -0600 Report

What? I wear one 24/7. You just never know. Since high levels can be just as confusing as lows, I would want to have that be my first line of defense. I wore one before I was on insulin and I wear one now. It's not fancy and just says diabetic on it. But if I am in an accident or something, I want them to know.

I am very independent and do lost of things alone without people that I know with me. I also carry a card in my wallet that gives them more information, like my other issues. You just never know.

You also don't have to get a fancy one. Mine was just $20.00. I've had it for years now, and it still looks fine. My first one was a cheapy $5 one that broke in about a year. But you don't have to spend large amounts of money on one.

I used to be self conscious about wearing one, specially meeting clients. But oh well, it's part of my life and I wear it to make sure that I have the kind of help I might need.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-24 03:10:11 -0600 Report

I do not currently have a medical alert ID bracelet, and I am insulin dependent. I've been looking at various ones, and the one James wears looks like the one for me as I have a crud load of meds I take.
Even though your son is not on insulin, I personally think it is a wise idea to wear the bracelet or neck chain as if he were ever in an accident or any kind of emergency the medical technicians would be alerted immediately as to his condition. Just my two cents Heidi

haoleboy 2014-11-23 21:29:09 -0600 Report

Personally I don't see the need as I am a non-insulin using type 2 that has never experienced a bgl below 74.
Now if I frequently went low that would be a different story.


jayabee52 2014-11-23 21:38:21 -0600 Report

Steve you may wish to reconsider that statement, Look at A walk in hypoglycemia hell where Valentine Lady, a Type 2 experienced a 27 at one point recently. You can take a look at it here ~

haoleboy 2014-11-23 21:55:44 -0600 Report

I have been following that thread James, but do not seem to be able to justify the expense and I am never without someone that is fully aware of my medical situation.

jayabee52 2014-11-23 21:14:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre
Whoever told your son that seems to know little about diabetes.

I don't use insulin or any diabetes meds at all to manage my BG (blood glucose) level and I wear a medical ID bracelet which has a USB plug in on it. You can see it here ~ It holds up to 2 MB of medical history, digitized x-rays, and other things. It is supposed to be used in the ambulance to plug it in to the laptop on board and then transferred to the ER department when we arrive there.

God;s best to you and yours


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