Medic Alert Jewelery…Worth It?

By Courtney | 7 Rookie Marks »

I have a problem wearing the medic alert jewelery, I had one bracelet from the time I was diagnosed in 1992 until last year. I wore it all the time up until it broke for the first time. One of the little rings opened up and the bracelet disappeared for a few days this was perhaps 5 years after I got the bracelet. After that it was hit or miss on whether or not I was wearing my bracelet, too many times the little loop things would crack open and the bracelet would come off, or it’d catch on something; and in my general opinion it was ugly and pointless to be wearing.

Whether or not it would’ve done something in an emergency situation is something I don’t know because in the one emergency situation I’ve been in, I wasn’t wearing my bracelet (it was safely stored in my jewelery box so that it didn’t get lost, it had been there for a couple years at this point). I had passed out while driving because my blood sugar had gone low. I don’t remember anything, I remember where I got in the car and started driving, and where I awoke with an IV in my arm and the paramedics trying to talk to me, but I remember nothing in between. They had only known I was diabetic because my blood glucose machine was sitting on the passenger’s seat next to me. Had they checked for a bracelet or a necklace, I didn’t know. (And I didn’t think to ask, but I did think to ask if they were in the local half neekid good lookin firefighter calendar, it was that question that let them know that I was ok).

So, why does this come to the forefront of my mind. Well, it entered my mind back in December when I lost my dog tags. I pretty much refuse to wear the bracelet because I think it’s ugly and I don’t want some frou-frou bracelet on my wrist, that’s not who I am. Nor am I the type that wants to run around with the sports band on my wrist either. I like to be free of everything on my wrist with the exception of the occasional watch. So my dog tags were lost and I had no choice but to wear my sports band (which is for when I’m participating in sports, like cycling, as the name so says). I was not a happy camper, people can see it, and then they ask questions, and quite frankly, I don’t want to be answering questions for why I’m wearing a medic alert bracelet. I like to hide it, because you know what, I’m a normal person and what causes me to wear the damn identifier for the paramedics isn’t anybody’s business.

But mom went on to tell me how my dog tag needed to be like my insulin pump, that it needed to be worn at all times except for when I’m showering, at which point I had a fit because I’m fairly sure the damn thing will strangle me in the middle of the night so I don’t wear it when I sleep. I won that battle, with my history of seizures there’s no telling what dog tags around my neck would do to me in the middle of the night as I’m flopping around on the ground like a fish out of water.

During the time my dog tags were missing, I wore my sports band, but boy was I glad when the dog tags resurfaced. I ran into another problem the other day though, something about having to dress up for work, my shirt being a v-neck so the dog tags were visible and it was tacky to wear them, but it was just as tacky to wear the sports band. I had to ponder, am I going to have to get a nice bracelet just for occasions like this? That’s how much I hate the bracelets, I’m not a bracelet kindof girl to begin with, and they’re not designed to just lay flat and unnoticeable, you can feel it as it moves up and down your arm and spins around the wrist and it’s a general annoyance.

So, the question is this, if I’m passed out and alone like in my car, and there’s no one to tell the paramedics that I’m diabetic isn’t one of the first things they have to do is check my blood? And realistically, am I going to need a paramedic if I’m not passed out, now I realize that if I’m in an accident and something happens and I get taken to the hospital there might be a need for them to know that I’m a diabetic, but I do have my insulin pump on at all times (assuming it doesn’t get severed from me in some horrible accident) and the chances of them going through my wallet to see who I am are strong, or even opening my glove box, I have my medic alert card with my car insurance stuff as well as in my wallet. Based on all this information, if I’m going to dress nicely to go somewhere (which happens like twice a year) do I need to have my medic alert bracelet on me?

7 Rookie Marks On Medic Alert Jewelery…Worth It?

  1. While I would prefer to wear a bracelet or necklace or something (like a tattoo!), I would think your emergency contact info would also be on you. And when they called your emergency contact the FIRST thing they should tell medical is you are diabetic.

    That is pretty much what we hope would happen with D. He is allergic to penicillin. And he doesn’t wear jewlery or have a tattoo. (I would get a tattoo.) If something happens to him, I should be contacted and tell them his allergy. We hope.

    ...said alli on February 5th, 2008
  2. I choose to wear a bracelet, and I completely agree that they are annoying if they flop around and twist up and such. You mentioned how “they’re not designed to just lay flat and unnoticeable”. What I did was get an interchangeable band from Fiddledee IDs. They are custom sized so you can get one whatever size you need. Here’s my secret tip: Order the girl’s size (not the women’s size. You can get a much smaller size that sits very close to your wrist so it doesn’t flop around. I wear my bracelet everywhere (except in the shower cause I don’t want to ruin the pretty beads) and I don’t notice it at all. Just my suggestion!

    ...said Amalas on February 6th, 2008
  3. Amalas, thanks for that site and the tips, I don’t have a regular medic alert bracelet, but if I do end up getting one, looking into those bands will be the next stop on my list :)

    ...said Courtney on February 6th, 2008
  4. I wear the RoadIDs. Informally, there new wrist ID is not bad. It looks similar to any other colorful casual IDs worn. As a man, when I am more formal, my neck is usually covered by collar and tie so the dog tags work great. Online I have seen any number of IDs that are inexpensive and yet do not glare out HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME. Find a nice one that is you and post a photo. I am curious.
    I hope to start riding again, soon.

    ...said Bobblehead on February 8th, 2008
  5. Just a suggestion…
    On the back, outside case of your cellphone, it is suggested that people put an ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number. If you do this, you could also tape on a small picture of the medical alert ID symbol with the basic information that you would like the EMT to know next to it.

    My understanding is that the cell phone is one of the first things they look for. However, I am not an EMT so I don’t know how accurate that is. It can’t hurt to have the info there just in case.

    ...said Sapphy11 on March 19th, 2010

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