Identification, please

This was the title of a post by a fellow blogger.  I have borrowed the title.  Many folks with severe illnesses such as heart disease, penicillin allergies and diabetes wear some form of medical identification bracelet or necklace to alert medical personnel of their condition.  I had heard about Medic-Alert  (www.medicalert.org) here in the US and knew of people who wore these necklaces and bracelets.  I always thought they were ugly and was grateful that I didn’t have to wear one.

There is a saying “be careful what you wish for”.  In my case “don’t get to smug or it will slap you in the face.”  I had been sick for about a year and began developing more allergic symptoms to medications than I could keep track of.  Then I began developing sensitivities to chemicals.  Finally I had to break down and give in to the ugly gold chain and ID tag.  I have worn it faithfully and replaced it when the chain clasp has worn and become broken.  The bracelet has been invaluable on more than one occasion when access to my medications and allergies has been needed.  Medical personnel merely need to dial the toll-free number and immediately get my information.

Recently I saw that the bracelets are now offered with beaded bracelets rather than the clunky chains.  My own bracelet has been coming undone in the middle of the night and I end up away from home without realizing that I don’t have it.  The clasp is wearing out.  I have always wanted something more delicate; something that looks more like jewelry.  Then the brainstorm hit.  A very dear friend of mine makes jewelry and is going to make me a one-of-a-kind beaded bracelet to attach to my ID bracelet.

What does my bracelet say?  Asthma – Allergic Latex – Drug, Food and Chemical Allergies.

Do you have a medical identification bracelet?   What does yours say?

Thank you Lindsay for your blog post that has led to my own.  Lindsay has begun designing bracelets to wear with her own medical identification tag.  Visit Lindsay’s blog to learn her story and see the bracelets she has designed for herself:  http://dysautonomiac.com/2012/10/15/identification-please/

 

 

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12 responses to “Identification, please

  1. When I recovered, I misplaced it. I still have the card in my purse though: Sensitive to chemicals: car exhaust, diesel, perfume. Wears a mask.

    I have not paid my fee so it’s not valid. Thanks for a reminder!

    🙂

  2. I will post pictures when I have them.

  3. I had a fancy tiffany style sterling sliver one. Lost it for 6 months after I had gotten a spider bite and it irritated me. Now I wear a plain one, think it is stainless steel and was really inexpensive but I leave it on all the time and it is not bulky or irritating to me. Mainly states my corn allergy as well as glucose, dextrose, etc. Not a fun thing, but glad I have it.

  4. I have a penicillin allergy dog tag but I really rarely wear it. After reading Lidsay’s post, I got on my fancy new iPhone and downloaded an app. Now there’s a button on my phone that says “In case of emergency!” and when you click it, you get a list of my medical conditions and medications, my husband’s phone number, both my parents’ numbers, and my doctor’s number. Pretty nifty! I don’t always wear my bracelet, but I always have my phone.

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