WOW this is why we need to wear our alert bracelets!!!!!

By HisTxLady Latest Reply 2016-11-23 23:14:12 -0600
Started 2010-12-19 22:38:31 -0600

I have no clue what I would of done if this ever happened to me!!! It is sad that these things happen but they do and we all need to beware of this kind of thing so we can make our choices for our bracelets, necklaces or tattoos or how ever you wish to let people know about your health problems. Please take a min and read this article it is eye opening.

It is scary and we all need to read this and think about when and what type of device to alert others if we can't talk.

Thank You for reading this,
God Bless :o)

29 replies

onafixedincome 2016-07-11 19:35:27 -0500 Report

I have both a necklace tag (on a good chain that never comes off) and an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card in my wallet. The tag reads INSULIN-DEPENDENT TYPE 2 DIABETIC — SEE WALLET; the ICE card is bright hot pink and reads: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY READ FIRST and lives in the center photo fold of my wallet, where people will see it as soon as they open the wallet.

An ICE card is awesome. List all your conditions, allergies, physician, contacts, and so forth on that 3x5 card, then fold it in half and insert it in another, also folded, which carries the IN CASE OF…lettering. That protects it from wear and blurring. You can also laminate it if you wish—just make sure you keep it up to date on meds and contacts. (VERY handy if you go to the doc or hospital and you're sick of listing all your meds and so forth—they can just xerox it).

someonesmom 2016-07-11 14:50:09 -0500 Report

I have a bracelet and a necklace, but do not frequently wear them, as I have other medical issues and do not go out alone. However, I have a "print out" from my doctors office that I carry with me all the time. I make sure to get a new copy anytime my medical situation changes. It lists my name, age, medical conditions, all my medications,all my allergies, as well as all my doctors, both primary and specialists. I supply family / friends with a copy, in case something happens when we are together. A diabetic , who is having a seizure or low/high blood sugar issues, will have a alcohol smell on their breath. There are also ID cards you can carry stating you are diabetic. I believe ALL public servants fire/police/EMS should be better trained to recognize medical issues, which "mimic" symptoms of drug and/alcohol use. Perhaps it would be wise to discreetly post it on a drivers license and / or other form of ID.

Paige9smom 2016-07-09 06:32:12 -0500 Report

I actually have 2. A very pretty bracelet I wear at work but take off at home, it's too pretty for goats to chew. It was a gift from my daughter and I just fealt wearing it like jewelry defeated the purpose, so I got a plain one on a chain that doesn't come off.

onafixedincome 2016-07-11 19:36:58 -0500 Report

LOL your daughter got that for you to WEAR, not save forever, Mom! If it breaks or the goats eat it, fine, wear the other one…but make your daughter happy and WEAR IT til it wears off! Seriously. I'd bet that if you asked her, she'd agree with me.

sweetjanice 2015-07-06 13:07:52 -0500 Report

Was wearing a medic alert bracelet for over 55 years since I was 7 years old type 1 decided to get a tattoo that shows type 1 diabetic .

laydeebug 2015-06-10 08:25:12 -0500 Report

I didn't wear one for the first 4 years, but I started insulin and thought now would be a good time to get one. My kids reminded me that I should have had one all along, because being too high can cause problems too. I didn't want to be dramatic. I finally got a bracelet from Lauren's Hope which looks like jewelry and allows you to change the bracelet part while using the same info medic alert disk.

sweetslover 2014-12-14 22:16:15 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed 2 months ago, my Dr. highly recommended I wear a medical ID. I purchased one and have been wearing it daily, even though one of my friends accuses me of being a drama queen and says I am just trying to call attention to myself. I have begun to ask myself why she is my friend.

onafixedincome 2016-07-11 19:39:07 -0500 Report

A little late of a reply, but…if you still have people who treat you like you're 'just being a drama queen', give em a good ding on the ear and tell them to listen up—they may well need one sometime in their lives, so shaddup and learn to deal with it! THEY are the drama queens, not you.

A medical ID is practical and potentially lifesaving. People who don't get that can go climb a cactus!

jayabee52 2014-12-14 23:44:18 -0600 Report

yep sweets, why IS she your friend?

lilleyheidi 2014-12-15 03:20:21 -0600 Report

james, would you be kind enough to post the link for your particular medical ID bracelet, I've looked at the link before and liked it, and wanted to get that one as I have more than just diabetes that I take medication for, and think yours is a great one. Thanks.

earlenyram 2014-10-17 22:04:58 -0500 Report

You should wear it at all times. Sure there is a small risk of it catching on something, but it's worth it to have your particular medical information on you. It should not be included in the "no jewelry" policy. Even Pony Club, with its strict rules and regulations, makes an exception for medical alert bracelets.

If you are still concerned or if your barn makes a big deal of it, you could always tape it down to your arm while you ride (leaving the part with the info showing).

TLTanner 2014-08-06 17:07:12 -0500 Report

I wear a Medic Alert Bracelet as well. It not only denotes I have diabetes, but several other diseases as well.

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-14 10:22:04 -0500 Report

Speaking as a medical professional myself, I ALWAYS wear my bracelet. I have come upon MVA's and they did not have any medical alert ID, but fortunately, I knew the signs. I can also understand Law Enforcement's side as they are not trained to know when it could be a medical condition. So please, get some for of bracelet, necklace, something to wear on your person to inform medical personnel and Law Enforcement that you do have diabetes.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-07 14:24:45 -0600 Report

Mine is a necklace with a little chip in it, and all they would have to do is hook it up to a computer and it will show my medical record. I do need to order a new one since I'm no longer type 2. I only wear it if I go out of the house.

Ebony Faith
Ebony Faith 2013-05-08 10:47:13 -0500 Report

I have a diabetes assist dog who wears a red vest with large pockets and a medical alert tag. She carries glucose and a "What to do in an emergency" card. I also wear an insulin pump and have a medical alert bracelet.. I was walking down the street and my dog alerted me to a low, but I dropped so fast I couldn't get the rescue glucose in her pack. Somebody called 911. When the police arrived, they tried to separate me from my dog and I got belligerent. They thought I was intoxicated so they were going to take me to detox and my dog to the pound. Luckily, a friend came looking for me because I had been gone so long. As a result of their actions, the entire police force has to go through in-service training on dealing with people with service dogs. Their actions caused me a trip to the ER that was totally avoidable. At least they paid the ambulance and hospital bill. I don't know how much clearer I could have been marked. At least I wasn't tasered.

HisTxLady 2010-12-21 05:37:00 -0600 Report

Thank ya'll very much for reading this. It is something that scares me!!! I also read another story where a 16 year old with Epilepsy had a seizure and was tasered 12 times because they thought he was not being compliant. But 12 times I mean come on geese.

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-14 10:27:01 -0500 Report

Ok…I understand we are talking a 16 yr old here, and yes, 12 times is extremely rare to be be tased. But I have actually witnessed a female that was tased 3 times consecutively, and it did not phase her! So please do not give Law Enforcement a bad rap for such things like this, and remember, most of them are not educated in any medical conditions.

GabbyPA 2010-12-21 08:48:50 -0600 Report

I am aware that some police offices are offering a special training class to help get them aware of what signs to look for. Down here a few months ago, they body slammed an 88 year old man and put him in the hospital with a broken neck. I understand that they cannot be too careful, but there are times when I just have to scratch my head.

Harlen 2010-12-20 09:09:59 -0600 Report

It gose down more then you think
I have a tatto a neclace and a thumb drive I keep on my
One day they will have a chip that gose under your skin
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-12-20 07:36:44 -0600 Report

We had a similar incident happen to one of our members here. That was when I realized that we all need to make sure we are clear that diabetes is an issue. This man had no medical attention and he is fortunate that he survived. Not everyone is so lucky.

kdroberts 2010-12-20 07:24:16 -0600 Report

This, and worse, happens fairly frequently to diabetics who are wearing diabetic alert ID. It happens mostly to people taking insulin.there is a video of a man (with an alert bracelet) being beaten by police where you can hear one cop saying"I hope you don't have diabetes"I can't remember what happened but I think maybe he fired in his jail cell

realsis77 2010-12-20 11:57:36 -0600 Report

This is awful and it scares the heck out of me! I do wear an id bracelet and have a med alert necklace hanging from my car mirror. Such awful stories! The officers should be ashamed! Gosh this scares me!!

jeffrey9127 2010-12-20 05:33:22 -0600 Report

The article definitely illustrates the need for some type of ID to "speak" for you when you can't speak for yourself. Thank you for posting this. Everyone who has a life threatening medical condition should wear something to keep from having the same experience as this person did.