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Medic Alert Tattoo
3 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2012 - 5:52PM #19
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apical wrist? OI no posting allowed before 7 am LOL that's be radial pulse

3 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2012 - 5:51AM #18
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yup I'm getting mine right over my apical pulse point at my wrist :) will probbaly still wear the bracelet though I feel naked without it LOL and my wrist doesnt have the usual weight around it LOL

3 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2012 - 12:21PM #17
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Right now, EMT's and other emergency folks are not routinely trained to search for medical tatoos.  If you want your tatoo to replace a medic alert bracelet, place it on your wrist, where emergency responders are taught to search for medical information.  DON'T rely on your driver's license or wallet card to provide this information.  In an emergency, you and your wallet/purse may become separated.  The safest bet is still the medical ID bracelet or necklace - preferably one that clearly displays a medical symbol.


Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
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3 years ago  ::  Feb 23, 2012 - 5:30PM #16
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yeah, I'm gonna get my diabetes ID tat soon. gonna get a medic alert symbol and diabetes type 1 (debating whether to add sulfa&penecilin allergy)  I'm also gonna get a pin up girl nurse giving herself a shot  :-D I figure with the nursing working toward my CDE thing it's appropriate.. but not so good for ID LOL

3 years ago  ::  Feb 22, 2012 - 2:04PM #15
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Hello Everyone,

I have a huge medic alert staff of caduceus on my right fore arm with "Diabetic" written under.  Everyone that I have met thinks that it is a great idea, especially those in the medical community.  In the even of an emergency, it can't be missed...then again, neither can the pump, CGM, or indication on my driver's liscence.  It's more of a badge of honor for me, and a great coversation piece.  While tattoos are not for everyone, I do believe that they are an effectice alternative to the "nursing home quality" medic alert jewelry on the market.

Just my thoughts!


4 years ago  ::  Jul 24, 2011 - 5:12AM #14
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I hate wearing jewelry too, but I could never get a tatoo. I found a Diabetic jewelry website that sells really awesome jewelry for under $75!! Even though some people don't like to wear jewelry, I think it is very important to wear an ID. MjcDiabeticJewelry's jewelry is actually really nice, and they have a huge selection of unique bracelets and necklaces. I am really glad that I found them, please check out  MJC Diabetic Jewelry and hopefully you can find an ID that you will actually want to wear everyday. I bought the sterling silver bracelet and the (CL-00-BF   Blue Flame) cloth bracelet which is super comfortable. And I am happy to say that I wear them everyday!


Best of luckLaughing

Moderated by Julia on Aug 16, 2012 - 09:18AM
4 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2010 - 6:20PM #13
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I had one of the stainless ones.. everyone assumed it was jewelry too, but i'm allergic to a lot of metals LOL so gold keeps the hives away LOL so gold it shall be.

i agree on tats not being so bad. i have three, and on very "sensative" places (ribs and spine) one barely felt it at all, one I fell asleep while it was getting done so it obviously didn hurt much LOL and the other tickled and I was warned "one more fit of giggles and you're going to end up with a very crooked tattoo" it doesnt go deep enough to really hurt.. it's more of a very mild abrasion.. you feel mostly the vibration of the mechanism not the needle.
4 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2010 - 2:31PM #12
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Hello grannyn:

Heard of that for years no idea how they work (ie how they are "attached")? Is it like a giagantic charm somehow...

I saw a "watch ID" once upon a time that were added to the INSIDE of the watch (ie the background of it). It wass pretty enough but had the same serious problem the gold medic alert stuff always does IMO... its seen as jewelry, and ignored literally because of that mistake.

A lethal mistake. Merely my opinion, I could surely be mistaken,
Merely my opinion, I could surely be mistaken...
4 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2010 - 12:23PM #11
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You'd really need an anesthetic for a tattoo? It's really not as painful as you might think. I have 3 others as well. It's not as if everyone around me doesn't know that I'm diabetic. This is meant to alert medical personnel or strangers if something should happen and the people I know aren't around me. Believe it or not, some people don't know what medicalert bracelets are. When I wore one, I got several compliments about the bracelet but the people looked surprised when I explained what it was for. At least the the tattoo, it's visible, easy to read and I don't have to worry about losing my bracelet. It's been almost 4 years since I was diagnosed, I've never (knock on wood) had a hypeglycemic episode that required an ambulance.
4 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2010 - 10:25AM #10
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My son and I have discussed this. But that tatto is huge and the only way I would consider it is if I was under like for surgery, or had oxide like the dentist gives you.

I'm going to get a medic alert tag to go on my watch.
I have had two low blood sugar episodes and hubby had to call
911 for me. So I agree the you need to let folks around you know.
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