Do you wear a medic alert bracelet?

Posted on: Sat, 04/05/2003 - 10:15pm
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hello,
I hope you dont mind me popping in here with a question?
If you do wear a medic alert bracelet have you found it to be any use? Did it help in an emergancy?
I have met two allergic adults and each of them wore a bracelet , both were woman , and the gold ones are rather pretty.
Do you think that its not important to wear a medic alert braclet?
How do you carry your epi-pens around ?

thanks, sarah

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 8:15pm
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Darn! Just posted a reply, but had typed the wrong user name and lost it all!
Anyway, I don't have a medic alert bracelet myself Sarah.
I haven't had a reaction in 5 years (and hopefully never again!!), I always have my epi pen with me, and everyone who knows me knows how to use it, and gets regular tests on their knowlege of it!
I know this is no guarantee, but its in my comfort zone for now.
Regards, Gwen

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 8:58pm
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Helen wears a penicillin Medic-alert with 'Peanut Allergy, Epipen' also engraved on it.
She also carries an epi all the time in a small shoulder bag.
Everytime we've been to hospital she's been conscious, but they always notice the braclet.
With penicillin allergy it's really important, especially in case of a car accident or similar...
Geoff (Helen's hubby)

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 10:06pm
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Thanks, I just wondered if I should not judge william if he decides to take of the medic alert bracelet when he is older.
Perhaps if I should plan to nag in mother-type-way , when he is an adult, to just cart the epi-pens with him , and leave it at that!!
sarah

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 12:19am
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I always wear my medic-alert. Always carry antihistamines and epi-pen as well - either in my purse or in summer in a fanny-pack.
My oldest son is 20 and he has been wearing his medic-alert since he was 3. Never takes is off. Although, when latex needed to be added he wouldn't pay for a new one, so I did.
My 17 year old also wears his all the time.
I plan to buy one for my FIL as a birthday gift. He has had ana.reaction to penicillin and he promises if I buy him a medic-alert he will wear it.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 12:46am
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My 3 year old has started wearing his Medic Alert bracelet everyday. He didn't want to...but we got him into the habit while we were on vacation.
We carry his epi-pens and Atarax with us everywhere, even though he has never had an anaphylactic reaction.
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Jean
mom to 3-year-old with PA

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 8:53am
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My doctors have urged me to, but I don't. My anaphylactic reactions have happened with benadryl, papaya, soy, latex, and brie (penicillium strain, actually).
Once I find a medic-alert pendant/bracelent that does not make me react (break out in a nasty rash, sometimes hives that spread), I'll order one. I can only wear sterling silver (uncoated) and titanium. I react to nickel, gold, niobium, surgical stainless steel, and chrome. It's not easy to find safe jewelry.
I hadn't been to any Medic Alert sites in awhile. It appear that they now have a wider variety of sterling pendants. And they won't clash too horribly with the jewelry I already wear daily (pentacle, world tree). I might just have to save up and order one soon.
ygg

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 3:49am
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I have worn a Medic Alert bracelet for about 10 yrs now (since I graduated college), and I honestly feel naked without it--it is so small and plain (mine is basic stainless steel) and you get used to it very quickly. My brother, who is diabetic, also wears one. I've received many compliments on it, mainly from people who want to know what it's for (in which case I have an instant opportunity to educate about food allergies) or they're interested in getting a bracelet themselves. Several nurses have told me that they wish everyone with allergies or other conditions would wear one. I do carry an epi-pen and benadryl also.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 4:21am
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A second quick note--I just went to the Medic Alert site and it looks like they do offer several varieties of sterling silver bracelets (whether they're solid or plated I do not know), in addition to the other metals. They also offer a "sports" band variety that looks like a nylon/velcro strap of some kind--not the most elegant, but the emblem wouldn't touch skin at all.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 1:39am
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I also wear one but am really slow to replace them. But as long as there I anaphylactic food and they rest are in the profile, you should be covered.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 3:36am
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krasota--
you had a reaction to Benadryl? Do tell.
Tiffany

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