You have just been diagnosed with type II diabetes and are weighing all the options when it comes to medical alert devices. Should you go with a bracelet in the event you have an episode? What about the in-home speaker? Perhaps neither seems to jive with your lifestyle and the increased level of activity you plan on undertaking in the immediate future.
Then it hits you: why not a medical alert tattoo? Read on to learn more about this nascent medical alert option.
Type I and II diabetes come with their own sets of considerations and potential complications. To wit, there is now the need to monitor insulin and blood sugar levels; something you may not have needed to address before. Then there is the fear surrounding the potential of having a diabetic episode, which could lead to a fall or worse.
Having necessary medical details at the ready could aid in your recovery should you fall victim to a spill or a bump to the head. With all of the medical alert options out there, it may be hard to choose one.
While not a standard choice, medical alert tattoos, which are placed on your arm, wrist or chest and detail your condition, are growing in popularity. What’s more is that upkeep is practically non-existent, and the investment is a one-and-done deal.
There are a number of advantages, both cost and performance-based when considering a medical alert tattoo over other more traditional medical alert options.
First and foremost is the mobility of an arm or chest tattoo. No matter where you go, it goes with you! There is no need to set a reminder on your smartphone to bring your pendant, and there is no fear of forgetting a bracelet when your critical medical information is stenciled on your wrist.
Medical alert tattoos have no universal standard, which means that you are free to design an image that not only fits your personality, but also provides pertinent details of your diabetic condition. You can also add other important facts such as who to contact in the event of an emergency and how.
Activities become fun again when you do not have to worry about how rugged or fragile your current alert system is when held up against the elements. For example, going for a swim or out on the boat is easy when you do not have to worry about dropping an expensive electronic device overboard. Additionally, a last-minute change of plans requires no further decision-making than asking where and when.
Older adults have seen it all and know how to manage pain, fear and the unknown. But as we head into our golden years, a diagnosis of type II diabetes might seem overwhelming or daunting. Warnings about the potential for diabetic shock, vision loss or falls should be just that: warnings. Do not let fear hold you back from going out on the lake or hiking less than you would like.
Consider a medical alert tattoo that details your condition if it gives you additional peace of mind and if you fear misplacing or losing a costly medical alert device such as a pendant or USB keychain. Having the creative freedom to design your own one-of-kind inking is also pretty neat, and a great conversation piece to help educate family and friends about your condition.