After watching my book trailer last week, colleague and friend Kishari, the Food Allergy Queen, asked me this question through Facebook:
"How does your bracelet specifically describe your nuts and fish allergy? (My list of allergies is so long a friend suggested I get a medical belt instead! Ha.)"
I looked down at my MedicAlert bracelet and realized I’ve had the same one since my senior year in college. The main reason I got one then was because I was leaving to go to Oxford University for a year and my allergist strongly recommended it. In my recollection, the idea was and still is, that if I were somehow rendered unable to care for myself or unable to communicate, an alert bracelet would speak for me.
(There are many types these days. Kishari told me about Lauren's Hope. Just type "medic alert bracelet" into google to find more.)
For me, the most likely culprit to render me unable to communicate would be severe asthma and/or a severe allergic response i.e. anaphlyaxis. These could be caused by my most severe food allergies (nuts and fish) and allergic asthma to animals. So, my medic alert bracelet, the one I show to my “date” in the book trailer (and in real life) says: "Asthma. Allergic to nuts, salmon and animals."
Not only to I find it a comfort to know that my bracelet can speak for me when or if I can't, but often I will use it to illustrate the seriousness of my food allergy request, say, to a disbelieving server or manager. The rod of Asclepius is an international and old symbol for medical/medicine; it works.
Do you have one? Have you been considering one? Have you talked to your doctor yet? What would yours say?