(Anybody recognize that P.O.D. title?)
Yesterday evening, sitting next to the sixteen-year-old I do respite with at youth, she grabbed my arm and started playing with my purple flowery sportsband. Didn’t ask about it, just played with it, and asked what time it was [I think she thought it was a watch]. The funny thing is, the last two weeks, none of the kids had asked about my bracelets (I work with like 55 of them). Until yesterday, that is.
“Miss Kerri, do you have asthma?” [The kids at work call me Miss Kerri. It’s all cute and such, though it threw me off a lot the first, oh, two months of work.]
“[Insert other kid’s name here] has the same bracelet! And she has asthma, too!” [Hooray for being matchy with one of our kids? She doesn’t wear hers much anymore, I’ve been noticing.]
“Yuppers. I have a black one too, but it’s too big.” Kids understand all about things being too big. Adults kind of lose that sort of understanding.
The other thing adults kinda lose, is the ability to not ask me incessant questions and just take it for what it is. Your bracelet is matchy to my friend’s bracelet, you both have asthma, I’m gonna go back and play now. Kids are so easy (most of the time).
Last night, my other respite girlie sits down on my knee and starts playing with my bracelet. “I used to have that one! Except it had velcro on it.” [The girlie has asthma, recently diagnosed epilepsy and potentially severe environmental allergies in addition to the behavioural/developmental things that lead me to doing respite with her].
And my question is . . . why are these kids not wearing their bracelets? I understand MedicAlert is a little pricey for some, but there are other options. It’s something I definitely think is important, and people don’t understand how important it actually is..
It’s your life. Do you wear medical identification to identify your invisible illness? Why did you make that decision, or why not?