Medical Alert Bracelets.
They’re big, they’re clunky, they alert everyone within a 3 restaurant table radius of you that there is “something wrong,” and they’re completely necessary. Thankfully, only the last statement is true. It may take a little extra hunting, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can get your hands on a non-tacky, non-obtrusive medical alert bracelet without too much fuss.
I first came across these bad boys when I was looking for an alert bracelet to wear while running. Since then, the Wrist ID Slim has become my every day alert bracelet. The Slim is clean and modern looking, and I’ve actually had a number of people compliment me on my “watch” while wearing this one. This one is about as far as you can get from typical medical alert jewelry while still alerting EMTs that your name is Jane, you have seizures and they should call your sister.
Etsy is my go to for things that I’m not talented enough to make myself, and there are a number of classier alternatives to alert bracelets as well. These tend to hold a lot less information than something like a Road ID (you’re almost definitely going to have to carry an info card in your wallet), but they’re more feminine and are easier to pass as regular jewelry. In addition to the stamped copper one shown above (available here from JetSilverBeads on Etsy), you can find cuffs in sterling silver, aluminum, or whatever else happens to be in the Etsy marketplace on a given day.
Stash Everywhere Bands
As one of those obnoxiously over-prepared diabetics (what, you mean you don’t carry 2 spare infusion sets at all times?) I’ve learned to stash certain supplies everywhere so that I always have them if I need them. And since I’ve found these little guys, I’m the same way about alert bracelets:
These Diabetic Medical Alert Silicone Bands actually come in a 10 pack, so I have a couple at the office, one in my gym bag, and a few more at home that my cat has claimed as the best toys ever. True, they don’t have all of the info that I’d like to have on a bracelet, but if I’ve forgotten or lost my main one, it’s nice to have a bright yellow marker on my wrist that tells the EMTs to check my sugs while leaving everyone else think that I’ve donated a dollar to some cause or another.