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What Are The Most Common Medical Abbreviations?

  
  
  
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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. 


The Highs and Lows of Hypoglycemia

  
  
  
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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.


What is Asthma?

  
  
  
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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.


It's FREE STUFF FRIDAY!

  
  
  
describe the imageWhat's better than a Friday? That's right: FREE STUFF FRIDAY! This week, we're giving away ONE $50 (US) Lauren's Hope Gift Certificate plus Free Shipping! Entering this week's FREE STUFF FRIDAY is easy peasy lemon squeezy. You can enter one of two ways:
  1. Leave a customer testimonial in the comments. We may be using these in some upcoming promotions! 
  2. Share one of our blog articles via Facebook or Twitter, and let us know what you shared and where. 
See? Easy as pie. Although I don't know where that saying comes from because making good pie is actually kinda hard. And now I want pie. 
Let's get cookin'! (See what I did there? Yeah, I know... I won't be quitting the day job for standup any time soon.)
Oh, wait, rules. Rules rules rules. You can see all the boring rules here if you are stuck on a subway train somewhere and literally have nothing better to do, but I guarantee if you have Internet access, you have something more interesting to read. But they're there if you're so inclined. Basically, it's a gift certificate. It has no cash value, it's not transferrable, and only one person can win, per household, every six months. There you go. You can go back to Candy Crush now. Anyone have tips for Level 36?
*Winner will be announced Monday, September 23, 2013 on Facebook, so be sure to come "Like" our page to find out if you're our lucky winner!*
AND THE WINNER IS...
MARIA DOMINGUEZ, who entered with this lovely testimonial:

"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."


What is Lupus?

  
  
  
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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. 


My Lauren's Hope Medical ID Dog Tag Saved My Life

  
  
  
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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. 


National Celiac Awareness Day

  
  
  
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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.


Five Steps To Reducing Migraines

  
  
  
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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. 


When Seconds Count: Handling An Emergency

  
  
  
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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.


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…  


My kid is allergic to chocolate

  
  
  
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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. 



Real Food For Tube-Fed People

  
  
  
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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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