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flippin out
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   Posted 7/25/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

redface                 I suppose that now insulin has been added to the mix one should ware a Medic alert Bracelet, Correct? And why would that be important?


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   Posted 7/25/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
EMT's and emergency room workers are trained to look first at the wrist, second at the neck and lastly at the ankle for medical data jewelry. This jewelry can speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. Mine says 'DIABETIC'. I had one made for my daughter that says 'ALLERGIES! Latex Demerol Penicillin'.

Wearing this bracelet fulfills two functions for me. If I were to go hypo and have low enough blood sugar that I am not making sense, am driving erratically or acting weird, medical or police personnel would know I am ill, not drunk, not crazy and not on recreational drugs. Drug reactions and hypoglycemia can mimic these things and the last place you want to be when you are having a hypo is in a jail cell.

This bracelet is a constant reminder of my condition both for me and for my family and friends. It sometimes comes up in conversation with new friends and lets me tell them that I have diabetes and this is my safeguard for the above reasons.

I got my medical alert bracelet online, actually bought it on eBay because I am allergic to most everything but 14K or 18K gold. The bracelet is lovely and only cost me about $130.00 which is very fair considering that I wear it 24/7 and it's solid gold. I chose to purchase one that is pretty because I don't care for the 'dog tag' look of some bracelets. Your budget and your personal choices may vary.

If a person has a rare or complicated condition they may want to get a bracelet that is connected to 24/7 phone support with a number that emergency technicians can call for more background information. This type of bracelet usually comes with an enrollment cost and sometimes a monthly or yearly fee. My bracelet just says Diabetic and I figure they can run a quick blood sugar to determine if my condition is from a hypo. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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disciple
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   Posted 7/25/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have a problem with ANY condition you need a Medic alert bracelet

disciple
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   Posted 7/25/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, EMT's are trained to look for a Medic alert bracelet but I had a problem a couple of years ago where I repeatedly told them to look at the bracelet AND the card I carry in my wallet.  Both requests were ignored.  The same thing happened at the hospital I was taken to.

flippin out
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   Posted 7/25/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You
I'm not one to talk about myself but since the up grade in meds (keeping me in the so called normal range) I've felt it might be a good idea.

4sons
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   Posted 7/26/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got one ... my says "Diabetic Type 2" on the back. It's a heavy sterling bracelet with a "vintage" medical alert charm on it.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


blastit
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   Posted 8/2/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Do get a medic alert necklace or bracelet. I too wondered if my necklace was really necessary until a  year ago I had a bad fall, was in much pain and could barely answer questions, and the peramedics read my necklace, got all the pertinent information about my diabetes and arthritis and high blood pressure, and I was in Emergency in just a few minutes. X rays showed I had a broken shoulder, broken so badly I had to have a total joint replacement. But having the means for the emts to find out all my medical history just about saved my life. So my necklace is well worth it. :-)

AMM
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   Posted 8/2/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I think everyone with any kind of medical condition should wear one.  I have one that reads "Diabetes, Insulin Pump, Hypertension, Sulfa allergy".  My daughter's reads "Deaf, Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Agenesis Corpus Callosum".  Because me and my daughter both wear one and both have more than the typical "diabetes" on ours we do subscribe to a 24/7 service.  I hope we never need it but if we do it is worth every penny we spend on the subscription. 
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   Posted 8/7/2007 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, Im going to take the contrarian point of view and say if you are type 2 diabetic and not on regular insulin shots you don't need a medic alert bracelet.  A medic alert bracelt is there to let the emt's and the hospital staff know of conditions that could be life threatening if they are not taken into account during emergency medical treatment.  The vast majority of Type 2 diabetics are not going to die if their condition is ignored in the treatment of life threatening injuries. 
 
For insulin users that suffer from Hypoglycemia, I would say a medic alert is probably in order! Additionally, you rely on insulin injections multiple times a day to keep out of trouble and someone should know this!!
 
My 2 cents worth
scool   Warren

blastit
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   Posted 8/7/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Please do not say that type two people do not need med alert bracelets, we also get hypoglycemia specially those of us taking glyburides, so be careful of blanket statement, they do a disservice to us. err on the side of caution not foolhardiness. nono

Warren
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   Posted 8/7/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
COME ON!!! When was the last time any of you type 2 people had a blood sugar reading in the mid to low 50's???  If you have had that, then shame on your doctor for WAY over prescribing your meds!!!  But my blanket statement holds.  SERIOUS hypo will begin to occur when you move into the 50's and I doubt any type 2 that isnt taking insulin has been in the mid to low 50s more than once.  Insulin people can have these numbers for a variety of reasons but the vast majority...lets say 98+% of those type 2's on oral meds should never see numbers this low (at least not once they've gotten their initial dosage right). MOST type 2's fight just to see 100!!!!
 
Jeannie, you're a type 2 on insulin...how often have you seen a mid 50's or lower number???
 
scool  Warren

blastit
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   Posted 8/7/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate to argue but I try to keep my a1c at six and have been having b.g. as low as 53 at least twice a week, so do not tell me type two people do not have this problem.I am eighty and I speak from experience. I know low blood sugars are not good for you but high is even worse. I still maintain that a medic alert bracelet is a must, and for me it was a life savor when I had my accident as I could not begin to tell them all the health problemsthat I had. I am on oral meds glyburide and metformin, and the glyburide if taken too often can send your blood glucose down really low. Ask a diabetes nurse practioner, she will tell you that I am right.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/7/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Blastit,
Not to be argumentative here, but I've never seen a 53, am on insulin as well as metformin and my A1c is 5.6. If you are getting lows like that with an A1c of 6, you need to have your meds adjusted or you need a dietitian looking at your food plan. Those types of lows can be dangerous and you should not be encountering them once a month, let alone twice a week. Especially at your age!!! Your diabetes meds in combo with your exercise and food plan should optimize your sugars at a steady level without a lot of highs and lows. Both are hard on your blood vessels and organs.

I also believe that anyone who feels the need to wear a medical alert tag somewhere on their body should do so. Emergency rooms are scary enough on a good day but if you are unconscious it's nice that they figure out it's low blood sugar and not something else. Just my 2¢.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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blastit
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   Posted 8/7/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeanne you are so right, I do need to see my doctor again as dropping to 53 is really scary and I did think I had eaten enough. I am trying so hard to lose weight and having to eat to bring up my blood sugar is not helping. I am on an HMo so am wondering if thatwould allow me to see a dietician. my only doctor is my primary care doctor and he really does not get concerned over my blood sugars while I do as I know too high or too low is not good for me. he calls me a good diabetic while I am trying to tell him I am concerned over having too highs and too lows. I am now seeing a diabetes nurse practioner every three months so she should also be able to help me.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/8/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
If I could be of help please let me know. I would be happy to try to help you straighten out your food plan. For myself, I have found that leaving the grains and tubers out of my food plan keeps me level, avoids lows, and best of all I'm losing pounds and inches. This means no rice, wheat, corn or potatoes (or anything made from them) most every day. I have had two ears of corn this month because if you can't have corn on the cob and you live in Michigan, life isn't worth living. (LOL!)

Last Sunday I had donuts at my daughter's house because that was all she had for breakfast, but I usually start the day with two eggs and a slice of cheese with a piece of fruit and coffee. The fruit is the thing that gives you micronutrients and keeps your appetite happy. I use oranges, strawberries, sliced melon, all the good vitamin C fruits and no juices.

Lunch is usually left over meat from dinner or deli style cold meat (turkey, chicken, ham) along with some salad greens, raw collards, raw beet greens, raw spinach, raw zuchini, cucumbers, radishes, just about anything that grows and can be eaten raw goes into my salads. I use about a tablespoon of ranch dressing and then about two tablespoons of olive oil on my salads. This gives you the fats you need to be able to absorb the vitamin A in the greens. I also make tuna or chicken salad with real mayo and serve it over a big fat sliced tomato.

Dinner is meat cooked on the grill most nights, sautéed vegetables in olive oil with chopped garlic from the jar. More salad and fruit. What I don't eat in 'starches' I make up for in vegetables. I have planted a ton of spaghetti squash and will be eating that with sauce and cheese all fall.

NIghtime snack is usually a banana with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or once a week I have a small ice cream cone with real icecream. We need the fat in the icecream to slow the absorption of the sugars and the cream has a high satisfaction factor as well. Some nights I munch on nuts or may eat a couple of sugar-free popcicles if it's hot out.

I will admit, eating pot roast with just carrots and salad feels weird, but I've been doing this since April and having great success with it. I'm eating no noodles, pasta,pancakes, toast or any of those other things that 'fill out' a meal. I have been able to drop my Avandia and have lowered my metformin from 2000mg a day to 1000 in the am and 850 at night. Also, have cut my Lantus insulin from 15units to 12. The long acting Lantus is the thing that is keeping me level, I believe. I buy it at Sams and it runs me about $80 a bottle, but I use a bottle until it is gone, and don't discard it after 28 days (with my doctor's permission.) I'm using about 4 bottles a year.

That's all I can think of right now. Hope this helps you.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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   Posted 8/8/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Just my .02 here - I was on Glipizide and metformin for about 4 months and was always falling into the high 50's and low 60's. I had to keep eating carbs to get my number up to where I wasn't shaky and headachy. I had big swings in bg levels (50's - 100 or so) on a daily basis and I felt tired and sick all the time - but my A1c was 5.5 - YAY? NOT
 
After telling my doctor, I was quitting the glipizide (I need to lose weight and eating all the time to raise my sugar level was not helping me)- we decided to try Januvia- and it is the perfect choice for me. My numbers are stable now- always in the 80's-90's (usually 100 or less 2hours after eating) and even after exercising (when I used to crash on the glipizide). My last A1c was 5.0 (and ZERO lows for 3+ months!)- so it can be done without going low.
 
I wear my medic alert bracelet all the time. I bought it when I was taking the glipizide after I had an episode in Sam's club (it wasn't pretty). 
 
As Warren pointed out, I'm not in any real danger in my current condition now that my meds are in line with my metabolism, but I paid a LOT of $$$ for a lovely 14kt gold bracelet, and if I should have a situation where I can't talk- I don't want to be hooked up to a bag of sugar in an ER somewhere.
 
sandy
 
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   Posted 8/8/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh! My fibrofogged brain just remembered something. Is glipizide the stuff you take 1/2 hour before a meal and when you get a low you feel like you are falling down a well? I took something early on in my diabetic diagnosis and it was pure HECK! If that's the stuff that blastit is on he needs a different med. That stuff was AWFUL!!!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


blastit
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   Posted 8/8/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeanne yes it sure is, that is a very good discription of micronase or glyburide, have been on it for years as my doctor was so afraid of all the so called new meds, it took some doing to get him to put me on metformin, was on Avandia but had to come off of it as it caused me a huge weight gain plus swollen legs. By the way I am a she, not that it makes any difference. I appreciate the dietary advice you gave me earlier and you also gave me some pointers to maybe finally losing some weight. thanks much. :-)

blastit
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   Posted 8/8/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hi again I take three five mg glyburide tablets a day, one per each meal and 500 metformin at breakfast and at dinner time. I am thinking perhaps I should drop the dinner time glyburide as the lows always hit me around two or three in the morning. My diabetes nurse practioner suggested a half tablet of glyburide but that does not seem to do it. I should not be experiencing lows almost every other evening. My primary care doctor is just not much help. I am slated to see my nurse practioner as soon as I have some blood work done, but finances have sort of put me on hold for a time until my son pays me back what he borrowed. Usually I am very prompt at keeping my doctor's appointments so will do so the middle of this month. I am so sick of low blood glucoses.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/8/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Blastit,

I apologize for calling you a him... (LOL!) but isn't that the best thing about the internet, anonymity? You need a new doctor, pronto!!! Your meds are making you sicker! If possible get that nurse practitioner to get you on a higher dose of metformin (and perhaps some Lantus) and ditch the glyburide. Lantus is a human cloned insulin, much easier to handle, almost no lows, smooth sailing as far as numbers goes and if you want to lose weight you can do as I did and cut out the starches. Also, increase your exercise and this will enhance your body's ability to utilize your own insulin. A simple 8 minute walk away from your home or office and a walk back, do that twice a day and you have walked 1/2 hour every day.

I don't care about your money situation... I'm broke and have no insurance (my doctor calls it insurancically challenged) and I make payments as I can. I also use one specific credit card for medical stuff and pay it off or transfer the balances to lower interest cards. Anyway!!! Get a new doctor who doesn't have his head where the sun doesn't shine. Your health is much more important than hurting this guy's ego. If you had a plumber who came to work on your pipes and he did a bad job you would fire him and get someone competent. Read my signature... It applies to your doctor.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


blastit
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   Posted 8/8/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You hit the nail on the head, I have been with my gp for ages and for the last year have been really dissatified with him in regards to my diabetes, for run of the mill stuff he is fine. There are four other doctors in his staff so perhaps its time to switch to a younger, more modern thinking doctor. I am definiutely going to see my nurse practioner soon I promise. I was loath to change doctors as I wondered if he would be resentful seeingme going to one of his colleagues but you are right, its my health that is at stake, not his. he gets upset when I want to have my a1c done every three months, he wants to do it twice a year. Not good enough. thanks so much for your help. As regards to exercise I have been negligent, you see last year Aug 25th I fell and broke my shoulder, smashed it so badly I had to have a total joint replacement. was in hospital five days, and care house for twenty. Came home with a quad cane and a stupid fear of falling again, this hang up has made my best intentions sizzle away because I find myself practically vegetating instead of going for the walks I wanted to go on. If I can walk to trader Joes, two blocks away and back, a twenty minute walk I should be able to go a bit further. I keep this horrid picture of my fall in my mind, which is not helping anything.I simply tripped,could not get my balance, and fell onto my left shoulder. I still have very limited use of my left arm. But it is time to get over it and move on to better health. so you say even a little walk every day will help. yeah

gelchick
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   Posted 8/9/2007 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Blastit
 
Go to www.chairdancing.com - you will find aerobic, toning, and yoga videos, cd-roms and cassette tapes of exercises that can be performed while seated in a chair- every one of them- you can pick and choose the exercises that don't hurt your shoulder/arm. You can sit in a stable chair and not have to worry about falling. The tapes are very reasonably priced and you can get an excellent workout.
 
Jeannie is so right about your needing to find a different doctor. It might help to think of it this way- who is going to suffer the consequences of his medical advice- not him, that's for sure.
 
sandy
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blastit
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   Posted 8/9/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Sandy.I am so glad I joined this forum, everyone is so helpful and it helps me to know that I am not alone in this struggle to balance my life. I will seek out these exercises places, appreciate this so much.

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   Posted 8/9/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Blas,
Do you have a YMCA near you? You can do a 30 minute walk in the pool and even if you fall in the water you can't get hurt! That's what I do because I have back and knee problems. Take care!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


blastit
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   Posted 8/9/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
No but I can join a gym close by that has a Silver sneakers program for senior citizens courtesy of my hmo so that is a great idea, they have a pool and it doesnt cost me anything except bus fare to get down town which is really cheap.
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