ATS is not just a place for trolls and shills, it is a place for many disabled, injured or ill people from around the world, to gather in discussion
and feel like a part of something greater than what we are. We may be young, middle aged or older. We may have diabetes, epilepsy or a heart condition
for example. We may also have multiple allergies on top of certain medical conditions.
My discussion is directed at those who "should" wear an ID tag but have not gotten one, or refuse to wear one, or those who do and want to add to
Below is an example of all the conditions in which someone may want to consider wearing one.
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) 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
Now before you go off on me for suggesting to wear one hear me out. I have met many wonderful people here on ATS who have supported me through my
entire ordeal since I was diagnosed with MS this past summer. Many of these people have opened up and spoken about their medical issues, free from
fear and out of genuine empathy.
A little back story for me is that I am a semi retired nurse who is on disability while still in physical and occupational therapy going on 7 months
now. I finally came to peace about my incurable disease after I have gone through all the steps of anger, denial, and grief. I have lost friends on
this short journey so far, and have gained new ones and some friendships have grown deeper bonds which I am truly thankful for.
After some research I found interesting info:
source for FAQ
American Medical ID recently surveyed emergency medical professionals ranging from first responders to paramedics. Among the results: More
than 95 percent of respondents look for a medical ID during emergencies. More than 75 percent look for a medical ID immediately upon assessing a
patient. 95 percent look at the patient's wrist to find a medical ID, and 68 percent look for an ID on the patient's neck.
It really got me thinking about whether or not I should invest in one. After a few months of going back and forth in my head and while driving back
roads in the fog and darkness; I looked at my kids one day and decided that it would be a good idea, if I were in a car accident for example.
So I looked at IDs and they were UGLY!! I didn't want something that would embarrass me!! I thought that maybe I could make my own but how? I
eventually found a website that had items that were right up my artistic jewelry making ideology. So, yes I broke down and bought one. I kept thinking
that by purchasing one I resigned myself to a negative way of thinking and admitting defeat. But that is not correct. By getting one I began to feel a
little bit freer knowing that if I were unconscious someone would at least know that I could die if getting a dose of Morphine!!
The tags do not carry an RFID chip so nothing to worry about regarding that issue. If you need one and do not have one why? Has it just not been on
your mind? Or have you been like me, in denial of the fact that you might need one?
I have been wearing my ID bracelet for a few weeks now and not only do I think it is pretty, but I actually feel safer for my family if I were alone.
I am not trying to sell anything but will provide a website for those who may be interested in having a little style if that is what is preventing you
from wearing one. Its called Laurens Hope: Medical IDs
Now if you still do not want to wear one, ask yourself *again* why? My father refuses to wear one. He has cancer and a pacemaker, he wears oxygen too.
He hopes for death to come quickly like we all. To each his own and I respect that.