This past spring Ephraim had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital for some stomach issues. He was constantly being asked questions that he couldn't answer, and probably had no knowledge of them even speaking to him. Luckily, I was there with him the whole time, but even then when I said he was non-verbal, they would still try to get him to talk to them. Ever since then I have wondered if we should have some sort of informational jewelry or whatever for him (and even the other children). I think about how there is always the possibility that something could happen and Eric and/or I may not be there or be able to respond. If this was to happen, the youngest 2 children would have no way to give any information about themselves or us.
Now, even more so, with Ephraim's official diagnosis, Eric and I are leaning towards getting him a bracelet (or something) that states his name, date of birth, and the fact that he has Autism and is non-verbal. But, am I jumping the gun? I think sometimes that maybe I am, but then I think about how Ephraim doesn't respond to his own name, not to mention to people he doesn't know. I don't want to "advertise" info, but on the other hand, it is vital information to make sure he is safe and understood in the event of an emergency.
So, if I do get him one, do I put all the information on the back of the band, which would mean the person reading it would need to take it off him, which may or may not be a disaster in and of itself? Or do I put the information on the front where anyone can read it?
To be honest, I'm not ashamed of his diagnosis and lack of verbal skills. That isn't why I'm not sure about putting in on the front. I am more concerned that others may take it the wrong way, or that he himself may one day find it to be a "label" or a "flag" to others. Does this make any sense?
I am considering doing one for both Bretton and Lorelai as well, considering anything can happen to either of them as well and Eric and I may not be there or respondent for them either.
So, what do you think? I am looking for honest, yet respectful, opinions.