Charlie isn’t the only one in the family with severe allergies: I am allergic to shellfish and wasps. I’ve been wearing a MedicAlert necklace off and on for much of my life and I tuck my MedicAlert card into a little pouch that I strap to my arm when I run outside. If you’re not familiar with MedicAlert, it’s a nonprofit that emergency responders can call to get information about you during an emergency. It’s handy if you’re unable to communicate. You wear a necklace, arm band, or other jewelry that has the MedicAlert symbol, and then the emergency responder checks it to get the phone number to call and your ID number. The alert jewelry also has a short note (mine points out that I’m allergic to shellfish/bees).
I noticed that MedicAlert has a new sports band and I think it’s worth pointing out. As I mentioned, I’ve been sticking my card into the pouch on my arm. The band is ideal, though, as it doesn’t look like it’ll bounce – and the tag is very recognizable. I usually don’t wear my MedicAlert necklace when I run. It bounces too much.
Digging up info on the sports band led me to check out the MedicAlert IDs for kids. I assumed that Charlie is too small for an ID, but it looks like his wrist is just big enough. Pretty soon, he’ll be wearing one, too.
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