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Medic Alert Jewelry

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I know many of you out there have great "bling" for diabetes. I have a medic alert, but recently learned it should be worn on the left wrist. I wear a watch and have always worn the medic on my right wrist.

Does anyone know of a dangle that I could put on my watch? Similar to a Pandora charm maybe? Thanks!
posted Mar 31 in Conversation by anna (2,890 points)
retagged Jun 28 by KarenG

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StickyJ Medical has charms that can be engraved on the back.  They come with a lobster claw attachment, so maybe you could somehow attach to your watch?  https://www.stickyj.com/category/medical-charms

Also if you search "diabetes medial alert charm" on Esty there are a bunch of cute ones over there.

Does anyone else have any suggestions?

answered Mar 31 by KarenG (16,340 points)
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I found metal alert bands that the ends fold over the watchband. They indicate insulin pump user. I've had it for several years and am thankful that there hasn't been an occasion that it was needed!
answered Apr 3 by SandeeK (440 points)
I recently talked with the paramedics at my local fire station and asked about the left-wrist rule that I read somewhere in the D-online world recently. They indicated that wasn't true as far as they knew. I wear my alert bracelet on my right wrist because my Apple Watch is on my left. They just indicated that I should make sure that the medical alert symbol was easily visible.

One reason I prefer to wear a bracelet rather than a charm on my watch is that I don't always wear the watch. For example at night or when I swim. I am a believer in wearing my alert 24/7/365 because you never know when you'll need help. At the same time I believe that we all make the choice that works the best for us. What works for me might not work for others.

I have fortunately never had an emergency where I depended on paramedics seeing the alert bracelet without me or someone else informing them that I have diabetes. I did once have a severe low where I was unable to talk. I was able however to grab the medical necklace that I wore at that time and show the side that indicated I had Type 1 diabetes. Someone knew enough to get me orange juice. I drank it and promptly threw it up while we waited for paramedics....
answered Apr 3 by anonymous
I've worn my bracelet on my right wrist for decades.  I lost count years ago as to how many times the paramedics came to my rescue, but, the bracelet did it's job and the crew brought me back to consciousness.

Bracelets are much more visible than a necklace, so I think you are on the right road.

Take good care and have fun finding exactly what you want!
answered Apr 3 by blueyedblanche (450 points)
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I've worn a standard stainless steel MedicAlert bracelet on my right wrist since I left home for my first year of college in 1964. I've seen some lovely jewelry with medical ID charms,  but because I was concerned that jewelry would be ignored by EMTs, I've never purchased any.
answered Apr 5 by Janis (1,270 points)
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Lauren's Hope has some nice things.  After responding to a call where the patient had a bracelet, but the words had worn off (I recall thinking , he has something,but what")  So I got a tattoo.  When I commented that I was getting inked as a public service to PWD's  since wih a month of getting the T1 tat, they'd probably find the cure.  The artist told me to come back, and he would add "I to Have".  Wish I could figure out how to post the photo
answered Apr 5 by artwoman (1,060 points)
Just curious:  Why the left wrist?  I've worn mine on my right wrist for 25+ years!  Does that mean it wouldn't be seen?
answered Apr 5 by brittonk (540 points)
I have several types of alert bracelets but I don't wear any of them regularly. Some are too big and some too small. I used to wear a band that wrapped around my watch, which was perfect, but the Apple watch band (for DexCom) is too big for that.  I try to wear one when I am by myself traveling for sure. Other times I am not as good about wearing it.
answered Apr 5 by dianeb (300 points)

Hi artwoman - we'd love to see a picture of your tattoo.  To post it, click on the second icon from the left on the second row of the toolbar in your reply box.  The one that looks like this


If you have any problems, please let me know!

answered Apr 6 by KarenG (16,340 points)
I guess I find the photo (of the T1 tat) in my photo files and note the jpg#### and use that to share the photo with the D Sisters?
answered Apr 6 by artwoman (1,060 points)