I was diagnosed with asthma at age 8.
It started affecting my sports at age 13.
They said it could go away with age…but as I grew it seemed more prominent. More obvious to me, and everyone else in my life. In some ways I was a little ashamed of this issue…well, actually “ashamed” might not be the right word. It was more embarrassing then anything else. I hated being the girl in sports that couldn’t breathe, not because she was out of shape, but because her asthma was preventing her from breathing properly. I hated being in swimming and dance and having to sit out and take my inhaler. A lot of the time I could hide it, and cover it up…but sometimes I couldn’t and still can’t!
Since I started swim club, lifeguarding courses, and travelling more often I began to toy with the idea of wearing a medical alert bracelet. The reason? I know how my asthma works. I can control it, but what if some circumstance out of my control triggers it before I see it coming? If I get knocked out and start having asthma issues, if I’m in a car crash and fumes start filling the car that triggers my asthma, if I eat something that causes an allergic reaction…
Those are the reasons that I got my medical alert bracelet. It’s a “just in case” thing. A $27.00 investment that could save my life someday.
I don’t want you to think I’m an invalid. I am capable, athletic, and I enjoy sports immensely. (That’s not meant as bragging, by the way.) I do have allergy and sports induced asthma, but I am very capable. Don’t get that wrong. Like I said before, this bracelet is “just in case”, you never know what could happen in life.
Do I need to wear a bracelet? Maybe.
Do I need to be embarrassed of my asthma? No.
Asthma is a part of me. It is annoying, frustrating, sometimes painful, and sometimes scary…but I can’t deny that it is a part of who I am and I wouldn’t have learned some important lessons had I not gotten asthma. Would my life be easier without asthma? Probably. But God has a reason for giving me it and I know it will all work out in the end.
My medical bracelet is something I never take off now. I found it on Etsy, and it is perfect for me. I wanted something that was simple, pretty, lightweight, and can camouflage with my other jewelry, while still being noticeable enough if you’re looking for it. This bracelet is perfect for just that. It is very cute, and it doesn’t look like a typical medical alert bracelet, which makes me VERY happy! It is smaller then I thought it would be…but I am grateful for that. It can fit under fingerless gloves (a huge staple in my closet), and blend in well with my bracelet collection. You can go check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169525525/silver-medical-alert-bracelet-petite?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=medical+alert+bracelet+tag+soup&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
(In case you’re wondering about swimming, I am going to be getting some silicone bracelets for that.)
I’m telling you about this for all my readers who might have some sortof allergy or condition that might benefit from a medical alert bracelet.
If you’re considering getting a medical alert bracelets, here’s some questions to consider:
- How bad is your condition?
Peanut allergy, Pencilin Allergy, Asthma, Diabetic, etc.
- Could a situation cause your “condition” to be triggered?
- Could you ever get put into a situation (perhaps one that’s out of your control) where it would be important to communicate your “condition” but you wouldn’t be able too?
- Would feel more comfortable knowing that just in case something happened you have a bracelet?
- What does your doctor think?
I hope that helps you.
If you choose to get one I don’t want you to think that it is a bad thing. It is a very good thing! It can help save your life. When I first got mine I was scared that it’d be a constant reminder of my asthma, but I changed my perspective. Asthma is a part of me but it does not define me, and this bracelet could help save my life. Maybe a bracelet can help save yours.
Prayers, and Music