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Choosing The Right Medical ID Jewelry For Your Lifestyle

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Here at Lauren’s Hope, people call and email us every day asking how to choose the right medical ID jewelry for their particular lifestyles. It’s not always an easy decision, especially when there are so many options. So today, we’re doing a little Medical Alert Jewelry Shopping 101. Here we go…  

Real Food For Tube-Fed People


If there's one universal truth here at Lauren's Hope, it's that every single customer has a story, and most of them are pretty incredible. This is the story of Julie Bombacino, whose son, AJ, wears a Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelet

Spotlight on LeAnn Carlson

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If you ever call the Lauren’s Hope office on a busy day, you may have your questions answered or order taken by one LeAnn Carlson, who’s friendly as they come, always ready to help, and as knowledgeable about our products as humanly possible. And she ought to be. She’s the Owner and CEO of Lauren’s Hope.

The Big Deal About Vaccines

vaccinesVaccines are almost always a hot-button issue. Who gets which vaccines, when we give them, and whether they are truly safe and effective are all topics that are constantly up for debate among laymen and medical professionals alike. It’s a complex issue, and there is no single right answer given the number of vaccines on the market and the innumerable factors that impact whether a person will experience an immediate, short-term, or long-term reaction to a vaccine. There are, however, a few things everyone should know about vaccines:
  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a recommended schedule of fourteen distinct vaccines, some with multiple doses, for children from birth through age 18. You can view and download a PDF of the APA’s recommended vaccine schedule here.
  2. Mild and moderate vaccine reactions are common and, while they vary from person to person and for each vaccine, typically include low-grade fever, soreness and/or warmth at the injection site, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, itching, and rashes.
  3. Severe vaccine reactions are rare but do happen. These include, depending on the vaccine, deafness, death, brain damage, severe pain, bleeding, and serious allergic reactions. Sometimes, severe reactions are delayed, making it very difficult to determine whether the vaccine was, in fact, the root cause of the response. You can read up on the known reactions to any vaccine on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Not everyone gets vaccinated, and not everyone should. Some people demonstrate serious vaccine reactions, and their doctors determine that for them, the risk of further vaccination outweighs the benefits. Sometimes, a family history within the close family group (parent/child or siblings) will indicate that there is a danger in vaccinating someone. In some cases, doctors recommend a delayed vaccine schedule, for example, when a baby is sensitive to vaccines, the pediatrician may recommend spreading out the shot schedule over a longer period.
  5. The vast majority of Americans are vaccinated, and that means first responders and ER physicians typically presume people are up-to-date on their vaccinations unless told otherwise. Therefore, if you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, it’s important to wear medical ID jewelry that communicates your vaccination status. If you become seriously ill, medical personnel need to know that it’s possible you have an illness for which they would not typically look, polio for example, because most people are vaccinated for it. Additionally, you may need to be quarantined to protect others. Finally, if you’re only partially vaccinated because you have severe vaccine reactions, your vaccine sensitivity is an important piece of your medical history, and it’s something emergency physicians will want to know about right away.
Do you wear a vaccine-related medical ID bracelet? We want to hear from you

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

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Multiple sclerosis, often referred to as MS, is a disease of the central nervous system. Chronic and quite often disabling, MS varies in severity and rate of progress, and different patients experience varying symptoms from a set group. While multiple sclerosis has an immune system component in that the immune system attacks the central nervous system, it is not technically considered an autoimmune disease, although newer research may change that with time.

How To List Multiple Medications on Your Medical Alert Jewelry

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When you are on multiple medications, your risk of a drug interaction increases. This is a major factor in an emergency, but even on a day to day basis, when making decisions about over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines and pain relievers, you need to consider your other, routine medications and whether they might interact with these short-term treatments. Having this information on hand at all times serves as a reminder as well as a safeguard.

EMTs Wear Medical Alert Jewelry, Too!


When we interview EMTs and other first responders for the Lauren’s Hope blog, it’s usually to get their front-lines perspective on what works best in an emergency when it comes to medical alert jewelry. For instance, a firefighter we interviewed explained that medical condition tattoos are generally quite ineffective because EMTs simply don’t look for them, they’re hard to see in some scenarios, and so many people have tattoos that a medical tattoo simply would not stand out. Others have explained that having your child wear an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID is a great idea even for kids without medical concerns because kids don’t carry identification cards, and having that ICE information handy enables faster parent and caregiver notifications in an emergency.

What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?

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Millions of people in the world have sickle cell anemia, sometimes called sickle cell disease, and at least 100,000 of them live here in the US. A disorder affecting the body’s red blood cells, sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder in which the body lacks the necessary number of red blood cells to function properly.

The Ups and Downs of Hormone Therapy

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Hormones are some of the most powerful agents in the human body, controlling and/or effecting metabolism, cellular restoration, immune responses, reproductive function, hunger sensations, sexual response, puberty, growth, mood, and more. They’re integral to our overall function, and as such, it is imperative that our hormones are in balance and that all of the systems that produce these agents work properly. In some cases, however, people develop conditions that require the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy: 

A Fabulous, Funny, Fantastic ... FREE STUFF FRIDAY!



Yes! It's Friday! And better yet, it's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! We engrave hundreds and thousands of medical ID plaques here at Lauren's Hope, and every once in a while, our awesome engraving team gets a request that makes us chuckle or just say, "Awwwww!" such as this engraving on Andrew Mills' Napoli medical ID bracelet, which he ordered in honor of his girlfriend, Celeste Morris, and was kind enough to share with us.

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