Medical ID: Lauren's Hope.
I destroy medical IDs. Casually, and without much effort, unfortunately. I've lost them on the soccer field (as a kid). I've put them through the dryer by accident and they've disappeared straight into Narnia. And there are the ones that just evaporate into the ether of college (read: it ended up lost at the bar).
I've killed even the most resilient bracelets. Back in the day (when I was 17), I had one of the diabetes medical alert bracelets with the large-link chain and the metal plate. That sucker was solid, but one October morning before school, I managed to catch it on the emergency brake in my car, and it snapped and the pieces flew all over the car. (I was picking up little metal links well into summer.)
But now, I'm a slightly more responsible adult, and I'm trying to wear a medical alert bracelet as often as possible. I do a lot of solo traveling, so having something that lets people know I have diabetes in the (hopefully never) instances when I can't speak for myself is a safety net I don't want to pass up. And thankfully, medical alert jewelry isn't as ghastly as it was back when I was diagnosed.
This bracelet is one I received from the team at Lauren's Hope, and it's pretty enough to wear every day, but the alert plate is big enough that I feel confident it will be noticed as a medic alert ID.
I asked for the inscription on the back, because I have this fear of being in some kind of situation where my pump will be accidentally disconnected, and I want any kind of emergency personnel to know that I am insulin-dependent.
It's pretty. I love it. Birdy loves it. ("Pretty, Mama!" Then, "Eat?" One track mind on that kid.) It's functional. And it's point is to save my life, if such a need arises. I'm hoping I can go at least a few months without breaking this one, clumsy bird that I am.
(Okay, disclosure time. Lauren's Hope sent me this bracelet for free. They also sent one to Abby. They did not ask me to write about it, but I think they could safely assume that I would. They're offering a discount code for SUM readers, if you're inclined to order anything for yourself. My biases are disclosed, per usual. But my opinions, also per usual, are my own. And this disclosure, per usual, is too long.)