Three little bags of security


One of my biggest fears is that Caelia or Lera will get lost. We watch them closely, we have locks and alarms but it only takes a moment for them to go wandering and children with Down syndrome are notorious for wandering (although no one told us this when Caeli was born). Most children by age 7 can give you their names, addresses and phone number. Both of our girls are considered non-verbal, although they talk a lot. It is just not always clear for people who are not familiar with them. So I worry that they will be separated from us and have no way to find their way home. The solution arrived in 3 red, satin bags. Can you guess what is inside?

These are their very pretty, and very sturdy, beaded medical alert bracelets. I orderd them from Unique Medical ID and they are wonderful. These have the medical alert symbol on the front with their name and vital information on the back. Emergency personel are trained to look on the back of these for information. These have the pronounciation of their name, Down sydrome and mom and dad's cell phone numbers. We have been working on "if you get lost and want mama or daddy, show someone your bracelet". We considered putting our address on it, but decided that 1) if they were missing we wouldn't be at home and 2) we have our cell phones on us at all times for security reasons anyway. They really like them but Caelia doesn't like to wear bracelets so it has taken a few days to get her to accept wearing it without pulling on it. I am very impressed with the abuse her bracelet has withstood. The bands are interchangeable and they have lots of choices. Both ends of the band have a lobster claw clasp but not even Caelia (who has good dexterity) can take them off. We started out with simple and smooth.

Oh, and I said 3 bags, right? We got an extra one. :)

6 comments:

Leah said...

These are great! I don't know if you were reading my blog a couple years ago, but Angela and her dad were in a horrible accident in his semi in Wyoming. Had her dad been hurt and unable to talk, nobody would have known who Angela was, OR how to get in touch with me!!! Someone suggested and ID tag on her shoes, but HELLO! Shoes come off! And, at the time of the crash, Angela was barefoot and in her pajamas. The truck burned beyond recognition and everything inside was melted or gone so her shoes would not have been found.

Chelley said...

that wouldn't happen to be announcement would it???????

**GIGGLE**

Sheila said...

maybe soon...

Arizona mom to eight said...

Yes, I am sitting here adn going, three, she bought three, and NEWS??? I have been dying to know what is going on with your adoption plans.

datri said...

What a wonderful idea! I've been debating getting one for Kayla since she is nonverbal, but I know she won't keep it on or would just stim with it for days until she got used to it. I usually put a temporary tattoo on her when we go on outings, but our kids can wander off any time.

Sheila said...

These bracelets are REALLY strong. Every Lab tech that has had to draw blood from her, has commented "Man, she is strong"

It took less time for her to adjust than I would have thought. Lera took to hers almost instantly - she loves to show off pretty things.:)