On the yellow band slapped on my wrist at the neurologists office was printed “Fall Risk.”
That’s because I’ve fallen at least three times in the last six months.
When I checked in, I just thought they were asking to know how I was doing, so I was a bit taken aback when the yellow wristband came out.
I was a liability.
I guess it was good for people to know that there was a chance I could fall. But I couldn’t see myself wearing that bracelet every day of my life. I ripped it off as soon as I was out of there.
One bracelet I do wear every day of my life, that does not attract attention, is MyID. It is a thin, rubber bracelet with a medical symbol on the outside that I can hide any time I want just by moving it to the other side of my hand.
Nobody has to know my business.
But the inside of the bracelet is scannable. When I registered MyID I typed in everything I thought people would want to know about Huntington’s disease as it relates to me and who they should contact and how to reach them. That way if I do fall and need help, people will know how to handle me. I can update it whenever I want.
And I haven’t. I might be a fall risk, but I know that I’m armed and ready.
BTW, WeHaveAFace.org and HDCare.org have worked out a special deal for the HD Community with the company that makes the wristbands. Check it out here: