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Medical I.D.s

Happy July 4th everyone! On big holidays like this it’s important to stay safe. If you have a chronic illness, there’s another important step to take in addition to calling an uber if you’re drinking and making sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated- you should have a medical I.D.

Luckily it’s pretty easy to not leave home without one in this age of smartphones. In fact, if you have an iPhone, you already have one built in, you just need to fill it out.

Check out the app with the little heart. You’ve probably used it to check out how many steps you’ve taken in a day.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the words Medical I.D.


It’s as simple as clicking it and filling in your information. Then your medical I.D. Can be viewed from the emergency mode by medical professionals even if the screen is locked.

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If you don’t have an iPhone, there are plenty of free apps that do the same thing.

If you have a serious allergy or other medical condition that would make standard emergency response deadly to you, I would consider wearing a medical alert tag. I have one for my penicillin allergy but I don’t wear it much.

There are some really cute medical tags out there, so if you need one, you can find one that matches your personality!

Stay safe out there!

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About rachelmeeks

My name is Rachel Meeks. I have endometriosis, an incurable pain condition, IBS, a digestive illness, and PCOS, which causes irregular periods and infertility. After keeping my illnesses a secret, I started to get upset about how my fellow sick people were being mistreated because of ignorance. I knew that I'd need to stand up, make some noise, wear my heart on my sleeve, and admit that I am not well to make a difference.

6 responses to “Medical I.D.s

  1. kbwriting

    Reblogged this on Griffins and Ginger Snaps and commented:
    For those of you with “dumb” phones, you can also add a contact name, ICE (in case of emergency) and list who you want medical professionals to call. In the notes of that contact you can include allergies and medications as well as medical conditions.

    In addition, I use an app caked MediSafe that reminds me to take and keeps track of my medications.

    You can find it in the Google Play Store or on iTunes.

  2. TyveLoser

    Media I.D’s are so good and helpful. I use to often get little or bad treatment from staff or paramedics as they often think I’m just a drunk student. As soon as I got a medical bracelet and told my friends to make sure paramedics see it straight away it has made such a difference. Also stops me from being given the wrong meds like anti-convulsions. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great post about awareness xx

  3. I bought a silver bracelet-style medical alert bracelet from Medic Alert a few years back. My watch is silver and the two blend together, plus it’s plain but looks good when I’m dressed for church.
    The card that came with it stays in my purse. If I’m ever stopped, I will probably show them my bracelet but hand them the card. it explains why I’m walking or talking like I’m drunk! Luckily, it doesn’t happen as often as it did when I was diagnosed 7 years ago. No seizure activity since 2011โ€“Hooray!!

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