Yes…I am an IDDM, Type 2, but atypical presentation.
There was a very scary case in my home town (Cincinnati, Anderson Township) in the past couple of years. An insulin dependent man was driving erratically and was pulled over by Hamilton Co. officers. He was hypoglycemic and did not respond “fast enough” to their commands and was tased and beaten by the cops when he did not “cooperate.” He was injured and required surgery. Charged, but charges dropped. He was quite obviously traumatized. Cops not charged, but I think he is suing. Racial overtones to case as the policemen were Caucasion and the diabetic was African American. This occurred in his OWN neighborhood (an upscale, predominantly Caucasian neighborhood). A State Trooper reported the behavior of the county cops…and they were investigated…but no charges. This scared me to the core.
So, now that I am on insulin, you had better believe I wear a bracelet. If I were driving and were to suffer a low, God forbid…or even were in an accident that was NOT my fault….I WANT 1st Responders to know RIGHT AWAY that I am IDDM AND that I am highly allergic to penicillin and contrast dyes (I die - my lungs fill up with fluid and if not noticed, I drown from pulmonary edema…like with congestive heart failure).
So I wear a Medic Alert at ALL times. I keep my test kit out and VISIBLE in the car and and insulin syringe ditto.
Since cops tend to assume erratic driving is due to DUI’s, my hope is that the parapernalia would signal otherwise (and not that I am a drug addict!!!) Fortunately…I look like a small, slightly beyond her prime soccer mom whose soccer players grew up and left home (all true)…but in this day and age…one has to worry about how police will treat one…
I drive from SW OH to N. MI 5 times a year…and again…I just want to be very upfront about who I am…Of course, I know that my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the car seat in the back row of seats also is a very scary element with her huge, plaintive brown eyes…but again, one can NEVER be too careful.
By the way, my bracelet’s medallion is a Medic Alert oval, silver. But I made the actual bracelet at a local bead shop myself from freshwater pearls. It is beautiful. My wrist is only 5.5 in and nothing fit me,this is perfect! and sturdy! It unhooks at either end of the medallion, so easy to take on and off and it is on metal wire so it is not going to stretch out if I put it in water. It cost $11 and they helped me make it. I plan to make about 4 or 5 more for “fashion” purposes! Black, pale pink, neutral beige…you name it. All real stones or vintage glass…fun!!! But it’s a girl thing…
I have attached a pix of my bracelet (as I wear it every day) and also some beads I have purchased…but still need to make into a bracelet.
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