Lemonade Life

Friday, November 18, 2005

Happy, Mother?

Santa delivered early this year:

It says "Peace" then "Love" and then "Hope." Which is traditionally how I sign most of my emails... "peace, love & hope for a cure."

I had the hardest time taking pictures that came out clearly. I took about 30. These were the best two. I'm a lousy photographer. I stick with words to paint my pictures.

I bought this bracelet at Creative Medical ID. This is a much better quality picture. But it doesn't have the same words as mine. Great website, lots of cute beaded bracelets to choose from. It was a really hard choice. I actually chose another one, but then I was talking to the woman who designed it about what I was looking for and she showed me this one.

I really like it. Which means I will (most likely) wear it. Which means if anything ever happens to me, the EMTs will (probably) be able to look at my cute little bracelet and find out what's wrong. Which will (almost certainly) save my life.

So to all my "mothers," "uncles," "big sisters" and East Coast "dad": are you happy now?


At November 18, 2005 3:20 PM , Blogger Bryan said...

i didnt even recognize it as a medical id until i read that.

At November 19, 2005 10:16 PM , Blogger Vivian said...

What a lovely bracelet. Enjoy and wear it in good health. I sent the link to my mother in law, there was such wonderful selection of bracelets I thought she might want one too.

At November 21, 2005 9:51 AM , Blogger julia said...

I don't want to be a party-pooper, but if it's not painfully obvious that it's a medical id, it may not get noticed by EMTs or ER personnel. Do you have a card you carry all the time or some other way of identifying yourself as having diabetes?

It's a lovely bracelet, but I would worry that it would go unnoticed for too long.

julia...going off to rain on someone else's parade....

At November 21, 2005 11:03 AM , Blogger Allison said...

Never fear! In today’s world, those stark “look-at-me-I’m-sick” dogtags are no longer the only means in which you can display your medical information to EMTs. Designer Medical ID bracelets and necklaces are definitely becoming the norm. Some websites feature clearly understated jewelry that clearly are designed to be more “obvious.” But placed such as Creative Medical ID, Lauren’s Hope and HAH Originals offer designer IDs for people who want a hipper, fashionable way to wear critical information. I’ve seen everything from attaching a clip to a watchband, simple hemp bands and ornate beaded bracelets. The majority does come with the traditional band ID, but quite a few feature a charm ID.

All EMTs are trained to look for Medical ID bracelets, and I can only assume that with more and more designer bracelets cropping up, EMTs will know to look for the Caduceus symbol (that’s the symbol on all Medical alert braclets- the snake wrapped around the pole with the wings). This symbol is very obvious when someone is looking for it, but it is less obvious when you’re not looking for it.

But I do have a wallet card. Got my bases covered.

At November 21, 2005 11:53 AM , Blogger Kerri. said...


Love the tags. Beautiful bracelet, for certain. You've inspired me to look for a new one myself, as I'm sporting the basic metal link, plain old steel bracelet that, though indestructable, is boring to look at.

And you're right -- all EMTs are trained to inspect all jewelery for the medic alert symbol. I used to worry that a med id didn't look "med id-ish" enough. But they're trained to check. From what I've been told, they're even instructed to check tatoos.

At November 22, 2005 10:19 AM , Blogger julia said...

Really? So I've been depriving my daughter of a cute bracelet for all these years? Crap. Not gonna win that mother of the year award this year, either. *big dramatic sigh*


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