Getting a medical ID is not always the first thing in mind after receiving chronic disease diagnosis but here are reasons why it should be.
Receiving a diagnosis for chronic illness can be a shock and blow you into a range of emotions. A study shows that facing your diagnosis head on is the best way to cope. According to American Psychological Association, you may not be able to control certain aspects of your disease, but there are choices that you can make for yourself. Examples can be choosing to eat healthy meals, exercising, and taking medications as prescribed. Investing the time and energy to make these healthy choices can help you feel better, empowered, and in control of managing your health.
Planning for emergencies is another proactive step that you can take to focus on safeguarding your health. 60% of ER visits are caused by chronic conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, and behavioral health conditions. While emergencies can strike anytime and anywhere, patients can influence what can happen in an emergency by wearing a medical ID.
The CDC recommends a medical ID as part of a healthy travel packing list for those living with medical conditions
Being diagnosed with chronic illness can mean a change for your existing emergency plans. For example, your emergency kit will need to adapt to your new medical condition and include medical supplies that are critical to your illness. A chronic disease can also impact the way first responders treat you in an emergency. Wearing a medical ID can speak for you in an emergency and communicate your health information to EMTs.
Having one on your person at all times can provide you with more peace of mind and help with anxiety when going to school, traveling, or living independently. A medical ID should be worn even when you are in the company of other people who knows about your diagnosis. Brittney Lindstrom, a contributor at The Mighty notes, "Your condition isn’t going to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind whether it be a friend or family member. You need to remind them constantly."
Here is a list of medical conditions where a medical ID is recommended. Some people may think that wearing a medical ID puts a label on them. It’s important to remind yourself that you are not your diagnosis. Medical IDs can be discreet and compliment your personal style.
“Medical IDs are so important for a Type 1 diabetic or anyone who feels they may not be able to fully give enough info in a medical emergency.” - @_thatgirlrach
"Wearing a medical ID ensures my safety in case of emergency. It ensures that if an emergency happens, EMT professionals will understand the situation immediately." - @kamahkazee"It is hard to explain why, but when I put my ID on for the first time, I knew instantly I had made the right decision. Aside from the fact that it was gorgeous, I felt empowered with a new sense of security. I thought about that day on the floor and when the medics came in. Had I been wearing my ID bracelet then, the EMT’s would have known instantly about my condition and Randy would have been contacted right away. What’s more, my symptoms would not have worsened from the stress and fear of not being able to communicate." - Debra Robert, Author & Community Member at MS NewLife Outlook
Having to wear a medical ID all the time can feel unfamiliar and new at first, just like your journey to managing your chronic condition. However, know that with time it can become part of you and your new normal.
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