I always wear an ID bracelet. I had something extremely traumatic happen to me that you will not believe. We had a big snowstorm and I was talking a walk in the snow. Because it had gotten so deep I got hypoglycemic and had forgotten to bring Glucose Tablets, mistake number one. Somehow, while I was cleaning house before I left, my Medic Alert bracelet fell off under the bathroom sink. Mistake number two.
I got so sick and disoriented and I was close to the fire station, so I went in and tried to tell them what was happening to me. They thought I was drunk and called the police. Remember now they had an ambulance right there.
I was wearing my insulin pump but my clothes covered it and I was taken to jail and left there for seven days!My insulin pump eventually became empty and I started to throw up which made me even look more like I was doing drugs or drunk. . I didn't eat for the whole time I was in there. I threw my insulin pump out in the hall, begged them to get me a doctor, but she didn't come in until Monday and this was Thursday. My blood sugars were over 400 when they finally checked it on the 7th day and that was with no food for a week.
My family was deperately trying to get me out, but the lawyer took 7 days to get to me and by then I was so dehydrated that they released me to a hospital, in which I spent 3 days. How is that for a good reason to wear a Medic Alert Bracelet? If I would have had it on this would have never happened. The firemen could have just given me a coke and sent me on my way.
I never had a low like that before and never would have believed that someting like that could ever happen to a person, but it did. So do yourself a favor and try thinking about wearing a bracelet. You never know when you are going to end up in a "situation" and around people that know nothing about diabetes. I was in there 7 DAYS mentioning diabetes to everyone and not a single person knew or cared that I was sick as opposed to being drunk or on drugs.
If you don't like regular Medic Alert bracelets there is a company called Lauren's Hope that makes beautiful bracelets, watches and jewelry with medic alert tags on the back. They have awesome stuff for children, men and women and I hope that everybody considers wearing some kind of identification so that you will be safe if something unforseen happens. It was a really frightening and awful experience and I don't wish anyone to have to go through something like that when it can be avoided.
Tell me, will you wear or do you wear a Medic Alert bracelet? Has this story affected your choice?