I have only ever seen a few people wearing Medic-Alert jewellery, usually those with diabetes, epilepsy or severe allergies. I have none of those conditions, and yet recently I have begun to wear a Medic-Alert bracelet.
Well, since you ask…
I have a dangerously low BMI. I also spend a lot of time alone. As a result of anorexia I push myself further physically than I should. I often feel faint. My muscles are weak, making me prone to falling. My blood sugar levels are low. My heart struggles and my pulse is slow. I have palpitations. I get breathless easily. I take several different medicines. I have panic attacks. I have had numerous trips to Accident & Emergency.
And whilst I do know that I shouldn’t be exercising as much as I do, it is unfortunately part of my illness. But I do want to be as safe as I can be. It is a comfort to me that round my wrist I have a bracelet that is able to communicate my medical and mental health history and the contact details of my family, should I be unable to do so myself.
I have written about this because I know that many people with mental illnesses can feel (and be) very vulnerable, and this is something that helps me feel safer.