Post # 1
So, after a long period of protest and procrastination, I finally caved to my Darling Husband & docs and got a medical ID bracelet. It says my name, condition, and DH’s contact number, is made of stainless steel, and… yeah, I kind of hate it.
It looks like this:
I promised to wear it all the time, and when I’m at home or work it doesn’t really bother me much. But I have two concerns, one totally petty and the other not so much.
The petty: do I HAVE to wear it if I’m going out to dinner, or dressed up, or doing something else where a bracelet like that would be distracting? If I’m around family, wouldn’t they be able to assist in an emergency?
The not-so-petty: I understand that having it on if something happens and I can’t communicate is the main purpose of this kind of thing. But what about using it in situations where I’m either nearing a point that’s bad or could do something to prevent it?
Ex. Rush hour on the train, no seats, standing for long periods of time in the heat. If I don’t sit ASAP, I lose consciousness. Can I ask politely for someone’s seat, and if they all give me the but-you-look-healthy-stink-eye, can I show the bracelet?
Ex. I have to carry water at all times… but the museums and theatres don’t allow outside food/drink. I can’t just “use a water fountain.” Appropriate to flash the bracelet?
Post # 3
My daughter was a severe asthmatic and also suffered from seizures. I often bugged her about wearing hers when she became a young adult. Had she worn hers, she might still be alive.
Post # 4
@KT808: Oh my goodness, I am so, so sorry! 🙁 🙁 My condition is nowhere near as severe as your daughter’s, which is why I get annoyed about wearing it. I hope I didn’t offend you or anyone by treating it too offhandedly; I’m honestly just looking for advice on wearing it and using it.
Post # 5
@KT808: “The petty: do I HAVE to wear it if I’m going out to dinner, or dressed up, or doing something else where a bracelet like that would be distracting? If I’m around family, wouldn’t they be able to assist in an emergency?”
Answer: YES, You HAVE to wear the ID bracelet even if you are dressed up or around family members or both!! People panic in an emergency. People suddenly can’t remember their own names when there is a life threatening emergency, let alone be able to keep track of someone else’s medical condition or medications.
Wear the bracelet no matter what.
Post # 6
I had to wear one when I was on blood thinners and I had several different options.
This is what I wore when I worked out
This is what I wore when I was dressed up
Post # 7
I don’t wear one, but I don’t have any medical conditions.
Post # 8
I wear one, too, for an anaphylactic reaction to ibuprofen. Mine, luckily, looks kind of nice. I’ve actually gotten a few compliments for it. It looks like this:
The gold has faded so now it just looks silver. I wear it all the time. Someday, when I do marry, I’m going to take it off, though! I figure with everyone in attendence that will know me, if I somehow can’t tell people not to give me ibuprofen someone else will.The only other exception for when I’ve taken it off was to polish it, get it fixed if something broke, or if I’m working with clay (for ex) and the darn thing keeps getting in the way and leaving impressions in what I’m working on. Then I loop it through a belt loop.
I think it’s perfectly fine to show it to someone if you need to do sit/drink. I think that is part of what it is for.
Post # 9
I where one everyday. I started out with one that looked exactly like yours and hated it. I then came up with an idea to make my own bracelet portion. So that’s what I did. I make the braclets with beads from Michaels and have the in different colors and put lobster clasps on both ends. Honestly it looks like I’m just wearing a regular bracelet.
Post # 10
I’m sorry, I can totally understand why this would be frustrating. There are companies that make “prettier” ID bracelets, maybe you might want to look into them? Here are two that I found but there are a lot more:
I also think it’s totally fine to use it when you need to. Especially when it comes to bringing water into places, I think it’s ridiculous for water to be banned anyway!
Post # 11
@Sunflower–girl: I think I’m going to look into getting a sporty-band version for when I’m camping/kayaking etc. I’m guessing it’s way more comfortable than wearing the one I have! And I love your dressy version!
@qwerty2k1: Ooh why couldn’t I get one like that?! It looks much daintier than mine. I hadn’t thought of attaching it to something else if I can’t wear it — would the strap of my purse work too, if I’m not wearing anything with beltloops?
@aoneil225: OMG *mental smack* you’re a genius, I have no idea why this didn’t occur to me. I can remove the bracelet part pretty easily with pliars I think, and I used to make jewelry years ago — I will absolutely make my own “bracelet” part to wear and change up! It will fit me better too. Thank you so much for this!
@Scc6a: I think I’ll use some of those sites as inspiration for making my own. I wish I’d considered buying one in the first place, but I just sort of went with the standard one to keep costs down. I wonder if there’s a risk of making it look *too* normal, where an EMT wouldn’t think to check it?
Also, for those who said I could “use” the ID if I needed to: thank you for the reassurance. I think I’m soooo self-conscious about it that I feel like I’m somehow getting special treatment when I shouldn’t be. Any suggestions for exactly how/what to say in a situation?
Post # 12
Darling Husband is Type I diabetic, and I’ve been on him about wearing one for years now. He used to, but he hasn’t really been good about it in his adult life. I know it’s not likely that something will happen because he has his diabetes under excellent control, but I still really wish he would take the extra precaution. I think it’s great that you wear yours, and you should definitely continue.
Post # 13
@BostonBaby: I used to have to wear a medical ID bracelet when I was younger, but I have since stopped needing it.
That being said, I had to use my bracelet to make special requests a couple of times and most people were very accommodating. Even though I looked healthy, pretty much everyone I showed my bracelet too was very understanding about making an exception. As long as you’re polite and discreet (for example, don’t make a show of it when you explain…just take them aside and tell them quietly) people are more willing than you’d think to help you out.
ETA: Jealous. All of those are waaaay cuter than the ugly thing I had to wear lol.
Post # 14
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@BostonBaby: As for your “petty” reason– there are a lot of different styles, it seems like you got the most basic version; is there an option to get a second one that maybe looks a little more dressy and wont stand out as much when you’re all dolled up?
As for the “non-petty” reason– yes, for both of your examples. I have a condition where I need to drink water constantly as well, I have a pretty good rhythm where I take a sip about every 2 minutes– if I fall out of that rhythm things go down hill fast. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to show a museum or whatever your bracelet and explain that given your condition they should make an exception– but you do need to remember that it’s not a “free-pass” they still have the right to say No, and in that case, you need to make different plans.
Post # 15
@BostonBaby: It took me a few years befre I came up with the idea. I almost feel like I should sell them. I recommended the idea to so many different people over the years.
Post # 16
@MrsCarnival: You make a good point, I don’t plan to wave it in someone’s face like “HERE, SEE?!” and I’ll be sure to be as discreet as possible — considering I don’t like it in the first place, that won’t be hard to remember. I don’t know why they make them so darn ugly, people would wear them more if they weren’t so bad!
@juliette.eliza: Do you have an tips or suggestions for what I can do if I’m denied? I have the most difficulty with movie theatres, and I’ve honestly started draping a sweater over a small bottle to “sneak” it in. With museums, I put it in my bag, and only take sips if a guard isn’t around. I know it sounds absolutely horrible and I HATE doing it, but sometimes it’s that or… on the ground!
@aoneil225: Sell them.
Haha really, it’s a good idea in general, and I’m happy just sitting here thinking of what I can make that will be comfortable, pretty, and secure.