Do you wear any kind of ‘medical jewelry’?

Do you wear any kind of ‘medical jewelry’?
Bipolar could potentially make you act in public in a way that would seem “criminal” or disruptive. Do you feel that wearing medical jewelry might ensure you’d get taken to a hospital instead of jail? There have been too many stories of people with mental illness being harmed by nervous law enforcement. How confident do you feel about your law enforcement being able to handle a psychiatric emergency?

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I have to admit, I’ve been pretty excited about this post. It was something I’d never even thought of. I mean Medical Jewelry is for people with diabetes and other such ailments…right???

WRONG

In researching this further, I came across a site called “American Medical ID“. The site gives a list of those who qualify and SHOULD be wearing one of these forms of identification. Here is the list:

Below is a partial list of ailments or persons who should wear a medical ID:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease (angina, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers)
  • Blood thinners/anticoagulants (Coumadin/Warfarin)/even aspirin
  • Drug allergies (such as Penicillin)
  • Food allergies (such as peanut)
  • Insect allergies (such as bee stings)
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory impairment
  • Anemia
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bariatric surgery patients
  • Blood disorders
  • Breathing disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Clinical trial patients
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Epilepsy, seizures
  • Hearing, sight or mentally impaired
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney failure
  • Mental health patients
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • People taking multiple medications
  • Rare diseases
  • Special needs children
  • Stroke risk
  • Surgery, transplant or cancer patients
  • Tourette Syndrome

Um wow! There’s about 3 different reasons I should get myself a necklace/bracelet (usb chain????)! And it makes SOOO much sense. I mean what if I collapse in public due to a medication reaction? How is anyone to know what is going on? I obviously can’t TELL them I’m on quite the pill cocktail if I’m unconscious now can I!

Bipolar could potentially make you act in public in a way that would seem “criminal” or disruptive.”

What a clever observation! I mean you hear it in the news often. I’ve heard news stories about those with mental illnesses being arrested and/or beaten by cops due to their behavior and/or resisting arrest, and then it comes to light that they had absolutely NO control over what they were doing because they were in a severe phase of mania or things of that sort. They clearly shouldn’t have been put in jail, but instead taken to a psychiatric hospital. Would having some sort of ID tag stating their mental illness stop that?

I read in some forums that there was a concern about others being “visually¬† aware” of our mental illness due to all the stigma that surrounds Mental Disorders. While this IS true, isn’t that what we are trying to break? Why should we be ashamed of our illnesses? Maybe that’s just me.

All in all I think that Medical Jewelry is a FABULOUS idea, especially for those with severe symptoms or those who are on numerous medications. (Wait…that’s probably all of us isn’t it..sigh…)

Still not convinced? Here is an article ( click here ) listing  numerous reasons why medical jewelry is beneficial for those with mental disabilities.

I believe it is definitely something worth considering!!!

How bout you? Have you ever considered Medical Jewelry? Are you considering it now????

3 thoughts on “Do you wear any kind of ‘medical jewelry’?

  1. WOW! That is so cool! Where can I order mine from? I’m w/ you Marybeth I see 3, potentially 4 I should be wearing. And we can be fashionable at the same time….jewelry w/ the dog tag/military style “look” is very much en vogue at the moment. =]
    On a serious note, it is so very vital that those of us w/ a medical condition should wear such alerts b/c you’re so right….anything could happen and a “support” person might not always be around.
    Great question/idea…awesome answer! Do these sites sell them? Thanks for great info!! =]

  2. had i had been wearing a medical alert the day my sugar dropped, i have low blood sugar,the first responders would have known what to look for. Because i didn’t,it was assumed that i had taken an overdose of sleeping pills. My sugar went so low that i still remember VERY little. Because of several things, i went into depression.That wes nine months ago.I am still dealing with this. I also wear a medical aleart bracelet and necklace.

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