Importance of Medical Identification

By PressTerp Latest Reply 2011-05-10 11:44:29 -0500
Started 2010-11-08 12:05:42 -0600

If you are not insulin dependent and your diabetes is VERY well controlled, is it still necessary to wear medical identification? I'm not one to wear much jewelry. I'm a minimalist.

18 replies

Flustrated 2011-05-10 11:04:00 -0500 Report

Oh well guess I have to say I'm flustrated because I wore a Medical bracelet than one day I broke my wrist and it's been a year and I can't find it. They took it off at the hospital and I brought it home and put it somewhere. I've been cleaning out draws trying to find it. I always think the TaToo is a good idea but to chicken to get one. Jewelry with diabetes is so costly my husband said find the old one. lol

clj01 2011-05-10 10:18:08 -0500 Report

I have often thought about wearing some form of ID, but still have not obtained one. I do try to carry a list of my medications in my wallet, and anyone seeing that I am on insulin would know I am diabetic, or at least I hope so. Now however I may be faced with adding another medication to my list that will of neccesity force me to obtain an ID. Strange how life always seems to throw us a new set of challenges.

diabetesfree 2011-05-10 01:35:26 -0500 Report

I wear the medic alert dog tags. It is hardly noticeable to anyone in everyday life. I don't generally wear it around the house though. The stainless steel model is incredibly durable. I've had mine for quite a number of years and have never had a problem with it or the chain it came with.

MewElla 2011-01-13 14:13:14 -0600 Report

I wear a medic alert bracelet which gives me peace of mind, even though I am not on meds. Just need to be prepared for the unknown. Also, carry a medical id card placed in front of my driver's license.

mrudy 2011-01-13 13:49:31 -0600 Report

First responders are trained to search your wallet for personal and medical info. A prioritized and organized medical identification card will help them better care for you. It's best to put the card in front of your driver's license so they'll see it right away. Making them aware that you take insulin or have a pump is critical. If you want a service to help you create a card, you might consider Have a great day! Mike

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-09 13:53:30 -0600 Report

I have a medic alert bracelet, have for a few years. It has more than paid for itself when I was in an auto accident. One call to medic alert and the hospital knew my medical conditions, medications,doctor and how to reach my family. Priceless!

sNerTs1 2010-11-09 13:01:28 -0600 Report

Hi Olivia ~ I am much like you. I know I should get one, but just havent yet. I have many excuses though, but truly, is our health worth it? Im giong to go to the jewelry store and find something appropriate for me.

Harlen … LOL on the tat, I guess that is very permanent!

Take Care of YOU ~ Cheryl

Harlen 2010-11-08 18:21:53 -0600 Report

I like the tatto it never gets lost lol
Best wishes

CaliKo 2010-11-09 10:18:48 -0600 Report

Hah, but what if you are misdiagnosed? Do you have to X through that tat and get another? And update with new conditions? I can just imagine the medic, 'wait no, [pushes up sleeve further] it's T1 not T2, LOL, I think I'd rather just get a new charm for my ID bracelet (once I get one, that is). Have a great day, Harlen!

jeffrey9127 2010-11-08 13:01:49 -0600 Report

I wear a medic alert necklace. I am not big into jewelry either. But The information on a similar necklace saved my uncle's life when he was found unconsious from a Diabetic problem.

realsis77 2010-11-08 12:41:44 -0600 Report

I wear a bracelet with a tiny heart that says diabetes on it. I do take insulin but I think its a good idea for everyone, just in case.

DanTMan1 2010-11-08 12:25:31 -0600 Report

It's a good idea to always either carry a medical id card in your wallet or wear a medical bracelet or necklace in order to relate your current medical conditions and also medications to a medical personnel in case you cannot communicate. I have several medical conditions and my medical id card has been invaluable when I had emergencies. You can make a medical id card on a simple business card. Include: your namd address, phone, emergency contact, medications, conditions, doctors name and phone number. Remember, if you are out in the street and you can't speak or communicate, your medical Id card aor necklace will give medical personnel lifesaving information.

CaliKo 2010-11-08 12:16:22 -0600 Report

I haven't gotten one yet, but I keep thinking I should. After all, you never know when that first episode might happen that renders you confused with a low blood glucose and away from those that know your condition and how to help you. You don't have to be insulin dependent to get into trouble with diabetes. Good luck!

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