Branded with Diabetes
It’s understandable that many with Diabetes value their privacy, and are reluctant to wear a medical ID that labels them. Healthcare professionals and emergency responders like police officers and paramedics all agree that wearing Medical ID jewelry saves lives. The stigma surrounding medical alert jewelry is unfortunate and risky for those who choose not to wear their medical alert bracelet.
There’s hope though! More and more athletes like Lance Armstrong and celebrities like young Nick Jonas (from the Jonas Brothers Band) are acknowledging their illnesses and overcome the challenges they present in the public eye. Americans with chronic illness are accepting the notion that illness doesn’t imply weakness. In fact, more people with chronic illness like Diabetes are discovering that overcoming health challenges builds character and demonstrates perseverance. It takes courage and endurance to live with a chronic illness.
One big yet easy step towards responsible management of diabetes is to wear Medical ID jewelry.
Wearing a Medical ID Bracelet could be life-saving and fashionable!
When choosing a medical id, it’s important to consider emergency personnel’s standard operating practices. If a person is unconscious, paramedics are trained to perform a primary head-to-toe check for blocked airways and pulse. This initial check includes a hand check of the wrists and neck. Sometimes, paramedics may check a person’s wallet for a medical card. But treating wounds is immediate, therefore, a medical id bracelet or medical alert pendant should be worn as an everyday accessory.
There are so many different types of medical ID bracelets to choose from! You can find fashionable sterling silver and beaded bracelets or active wear like silicone and surgical stainless steel medical bracelets. StickyJ offers an entire line of pre-engraved Diabetic bracelets.
Real Life Cases: The importance of wearing Medical ID Jewelry for Diabetes
In 2007, Doug Burns, the reigning Mr. Universe, was severely beaten by police at a movie theater when they mistook an episode of low blood sugar for intoxication. The unfortunate incident emphasized the need for police officers and security personnel to be trained in how to distinguish between hypoglycemia and intoxication; however, it also pointed up the need for individuals to identify their medical condition to first responders. As an athlete, Burns is disciplined and precise about managing his blood sugar level, so if a debilitating hypoglycemic reaction could happen to him, it can happen to anyone. Rather than gamble with your health and hope for the best, taking proactive measures such as wearing a medical id bracelet is essential for a person with diabetes, since symptoms of hypoglycemia mimic other problems.
For 21-year-old professional surfer Scott Dunton, diabetes hasn’t stopped him from traveling the world and competing in surfing competitions. In fact, he ranks 119th in the world, out of 800 competitive surfers. One of Dunton’s missions is to spread the word to children and teens that having diabetes doesn’t mean life’s joys come to a halt, and that medical id jewelry doesn’t need to be cumbersome or embarrassing. At Sticky Jewelry, we carry sports band medical id bracelets and waterproof medical id’s that are perfect for athletic activities because, like Dunton, we believe that responsible management of your illness shouldn’t hinder you from living up to your full athletic potential. Your diabetic bracelet shouldn’t get in the way of your lifestyle — it should enhance the way you live by providing you with peace of mind.
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