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Wearing Medical Alerts

Getting a "Medical Alert" tag may not seem that important, but it is something that could truly save your life.

This is NOT an advertisement or endorsement. In our opinion, it is something we feel is very important, and this article was written as a source of information only.

"Medical Alert" tags are those bracelets, necklaces, keyrings, watches, and clothing tags (whatever you choose) that relay important medical information about you to the medical community. They can be imprinted with just about any medical information you want, or with an identification number and phone number to reference your medical information. They are something any person suffering with an Eating Disorder can wear and should consider wearing.

Victims suffering (or in recovery for) Anorexia, Bulimia, and/or Compulsive Overeating can be faced with a number of physical dangers, including many which would render them unable to communicate with medical staff. There are also many of you out there suffering that have not told anyone in your immediate family, or otherwise, of your Eating Disorder. This would leave them in the position to also not be able to communicate with the doctors and nurses in a hospital with 100% accuracy. There are times when family doctors are not aware of the Eating Disorder and it is not in medical records, making this a deadly secret from the people who need to be able to try and help in an emergency, whether caused by a complication due to the Eating Disorder or not.

Your "Medical Alert" ID will let the medical staff know of any relevant information. You could have it imprinted with:

  • An Identification Number and phone number that references your medical information (from MedicAlert)

    or with specific medical information. Examples such as:

  • Anorexic (and/or) Bulimic;
  • in recovery for Anorexia (and/or) Bulimia;
  • Compulsive Overeating (and/or) Binge Eating Disorder Victim

    and

  • Any medications you are currently prescribed to take;
  • Any allergies you have to medications;
  • Any other physical medical conditions you suffer from;
  • Any other psychological conditions you suffer from (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Clinical Depression);
  • Phone number for emergency contact

You can choose the type (MedicAlert) that uses an identification number and phone number, or you can choose to where a custom ID tag. You can choose to have your name on it or not. Within size limits to the type of medical alert ID tag you choose, you can include as much or as little information as you like. Here's three examples:

ANOREXIC
ALLERGIES: IBUPROFIN
MED: ZOLOFT / ANXIETY
CONTACT: 555-555-5555
ID#: 888-888888-008
CALL: 1-800-555-5555
JANE SMITH
COMPULSIVE OVEREATER
INSULIN DEP. DIABETIC
CONTACT: 555-555-5555

Different medical alert companies have different procedures (below there will be a list of links for you to follow), but generally you have a lot of choices to the ID tag you want and what information will go on them. They are generally NOT expensive. Some companies offer them plain on one side, some you can have the choice whether or not the "medical alert" symbol appears on the front or back, or at all, and you have a good choice of the kind of tag you'd like.

In our opinion, it is very important to get a "Medical Alert" tag, and to get one as soon as you can. If you have to think about it for a while than bookmark this page. If you are concerned about privacy, consider the ID# number type (you can even carry a card in your wallet).

"Medical Alert" ID Tag Links:

  • MedicAlert
    Medic Alert is a company that sells bracelets and necklaces and offers a 24 hour hot line number that medical professionals can call and get information on you based on the ID number they read off of your bracelet. You could also just get a regular bracelet and have it engraved with something like the examples above.
    The "MedicAlert" Logo used to reference the medical alert section on this website is a registered trademark of MedicAlert

  • American Medical ID
    Bracelets, necklaces and Medallions.

  • Medic Assist
    Bracelets, pendants, watches and necklaces. Big selection.

  • Medic ID
    Bracelets, pendants, watch charms.

  • Med IDs
    Bracelets, pendants, pill carriers, watches.

  • ID-IDEAS
    ID Tag - Military Style "Dog-Tags".


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