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Every day here at Lauren's Hope, we engrave medical ID jewelry. We engrave medical ID dog tags and medical alert bracelets and medical ID plaques and on and on. Some of them are rotary engraved. Some are laser engraved with blackfill. Some are short and some are long and some are even funny or sweet or inspiring. But all of them have one thing in common: they have to be brief.
Around the offices here at Lauren’s Hope, a lot of us wear medical ID jewelry. And not just because we love it! So for today’s blog, I caught up with Lauren’s Hope Jewelry Designer, Katy Russell, who wears her Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet because she has hypoglycemia, a severe form of low blood sugar.
In the US alone, at least 25 million people live with asthma, a chronic lung condition in which the passageways through which air normally travels to and in the lungs become inflamed and constricted. This chronic condition causes a sensation of tightness in the chest of varying severity, and it also creates shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and gasping. While asthma generally presents in childhood and continues throughout a person’s life, some people do develop asthma later in life.
"I was first diagnosed with Type one diabetes when I was 11 years old. I hated my medical alert bracelet and refused to wear it. By the time I was 14, I needed another option. That's when I discovered Laurens Hope. What I love most about their bracelets is I never feel that my bracelet is a label. A conversation starter, an expression of myself, a safety measure- It is. But I enjoy the fact that unless I say something or someone is looking for it, no one would ever know it was a medic alert bracelet. Thank you for these wonderful bracelets! My mother can sleep a little better knowing that I now wear my bracelet every day while I am away at college."
It seems that, with increasing frequency, we're hearing more about autoimmune disorders and diseases in America. One of those autoimmune diseases is called Lupus, and although it's most common in women of childbearing age, it also effects men and children. Not at all rare with an estimated 5 million people worldwide living with Lupus at any given time, approximately 16,000 new cases of Lupus are diagnosed in the US every year.
Several months ago, I got sick. And I don't mean I got a little virus. I mean I got the, "What day is it? I can't remember the last time I ate. My fever is so high I feel cold," type of sick. Yup. The flu.
It seems that everywhere we go these days, there are more and more gluten-free options. And that's a very good thing. Far from being the latest food fad, gluten-free diets are actually life-changing and even life-saving for some people. But there's a lot of confusion out there about what gluten is, who should be eating gluten-free, and why these dietary changes are helpful. Today, for National Celiac Awareness Day, we're breaking down the Celiac and gluten basics.
If you've ever had a severe migraine, you know how completely debilitating they can be. The aura, the pain, the photosensitivity, the nausea: it's sensory overload that can quite literally leave you speechless and unable to function. Migraines impact both adults and children, men and women, and can first occur at almost any age. However, because migraines aren't life-threatening, many people never seek medical support for their migraines, which means they live with potentially resolvable pain.
Several months ago, as I was driving to work, I came over a small hill in a light morning rain to see a small truck, steam pouring from the engine, crushed around a telephone pole in a ditch. I pulled up several yards past the accident scene and over to the side of the road, putting on my hazard lights and grabbing my cell phone. A former lifeguard and childcare provider, I've been through dozens of first aid and CPR trainings in my life, and I immediately began running through scenarios in my head of what to do first and how best to help.
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…
So a few weeks back, I had my six-year-old daughter, Julia, tested for food allergies. She's always had a bit of a weak stomach, and I'd noticed it was worse when she had chocolate, but then she'd drink chocolate almond milk every day (a switch we made after she showed herself to be a bit lactose intolerant) with no problem. So I just wasn't sure: Is this a dairy issue? But she eats cheese just fine. Is it a chocolate issue? But her granola bars have little chocolate chips and she's never had a problem. Is it some additive or processed ingredient? What about those completely-devoid-of-redeeming-value orange fishy crackers and Cheeze-Its that always make her vomit yet which she continues to eat when I'm not around to remind her not to? Is it the "cheeze"? I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so in we went for the blood work.
Let's skip over that part, because if you have a kid and have experienced a blood draw, you know that it really, truly is more painful for the parent than the child 90% of the time. So we did that.
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.
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