There are many medical conditions that are not apparent to the naked eye, some call these invisible disabilities, some can be life threatening, as is the case with Food Allergies and Diabetes. Medical Alert ID may be very important for someone with an invisible disability, some choose to wear medical ID bracelets or necklaces to help paramedics identify these issues, in the case of an emergency situation.
A new trend in medical ID is developing through, medical ID tattoos.
Rebekah was 18 years old, when she was out on Halloween night and ate something that contained peanuts and for the first time in her life she went into anaphylaxis shock. She had never been diagnosed with any allergies prior to this incident. Thankfully, a man near by with an EpiPen® recognized the reaction and injected her. The paramedics gave her another injection of epinephrine on the way to the hospital.
Rebekah’s sister, a pharmacist, got Rebekah a medical identification bracelet that said, “Medical alert! Peanut allergy,” but after the 12th bracelet broke she looked for another way. Rebekah’s sister asked her one day where her braclet was and “threatened” to have it tattooed on Rebekah if she didn’t wear it, which gave Rebekah an idea. For years she started working on the design and used a temporary tattoo company (tattoofun.com) to start displaying some of the initial work.
Years later she finally took the full plunge and had a tattoo placed on her chest which said, “Medical Alert, Peanut Allergy.” She went to many local paramedics to show them so they would recognize it and be able to provide the proper assistance.
Maryanne, a young waitress at Across the Street Restaurant in Atlanta, has struggled with diabetes for 14 years. Five years ago she got a medical alert ID tattooed on her inner arm that clearly says, “Diabetic.” It literally saved her life. She was barely able to speak or stand when a friend got her to a hospital. She simply showed her arm and immediately the hospital staff jumped up and knew what to do and how to help her. Maryanne has no regrets about this tattoo and doesn’t feel she ever will, knowing how it’s helped keep her alive and safe in the past.
On a social media support group for Adults with Food Allergies, two individuals connected that had never met and live in different countries, because they both had a medical alert tattoo for allergies. It’s another way people are finding bonds with each other, to help stay safe in their diseases.
Louise lives in Portugal and also features her medical alert tattoo on her inner wrist. She was also diagnosed as an adult with food allergies.
If you aren’t ready to go all the way in with a permanent tattoo, there is a company called Hope Paige Medical ID Marketplace sells temporary medical ID tattoos (6 pack is $3.99) for people who may be going for a day hike or just want to try one out for a day or two. These are available for Diabetes and Food Allergies.