I just want to start out by saying I love everyone's med alert tattoos on here! I've been seriously considering getting one myself. I want to put it on my left forearm just below the elbow crease. I have a million pros as why to do it. However, I'm having a little trouble with the con: having my diabetes out there for _everyone_ to see. I think I could get use to it, but still a little bit of a hang up.
So I'm wondering for those of you out there with med alert tattoos: do you regret it? are there times you wish you could cover it up, or it makes you more self-conscious? Or are you 100% glad you have it?
Thanks in advance for your input!
(PS, I have 2 tattoos non-diabetes related. One on my foot and one on my back.)
I have quite a noticeable medical alert tattoo but that's the way I like it. I need people to see it in case of emergency. I wanted it to not only be a medical alert tattoo but a work of art. I happened to get my tattoo right before I was to go into an unplanned surgery to fix my broken ankle this summer. All the doctors and nurses I came in contact with really liked it. I'm pleased that the medical community approves!
I must admit, that's how many people find out about my diabetes. They ask about the tattoo and they're either sorry they asked or they think it's cool. I don't mind having my diabetes out there for people to see. It's a part of me and if people can't handle it then it's their issue not mine. If I really don't want to talk about it I always have the option of long sleeves or makeup (which I need for dance performances!)
There's no regret for me and I'm proud of it. 100% glad I have it.
It is a really lovely piece - love the detail!
I had this reservation for a long time too b/c I wanted to get one on my arm, just inferior to the elbow as well (mine is now on my right arm). However, I'm very open about my diabetes to all that know me, so the transition wasn't that much of a stretch. Yes, more people likely know that I have diabetes almost immediately upon meeting them (rather than them getting to know "me" and then being introduced to my diabetes during one of the many times that I am testing or adjusting my pump, etc). But I wear the pod on the back of my arm too so that's also an additional (albeit slightly more subtle way) of saying "hey, I have diabetes."
But, all that aside, I definitely would not change the fact that I got one. I can cover mine up for work (just wear my sleeves only partially rolled up, wear a light jacket around the office when I am wearing a short sleeve polo, etc) but the rest of the time, I don't care who sees it. People can judge if they want (they're going to anyways, so why should I let that stop me from living my life the way I want?)...that's there prerogative. Like Catherine, I am 100% proud of mine (it's part of who I am!) and I definitely wouldn't change it.
Thanks for the responses! I like how all 3 of your guys' tattoos are completely different. The more I consider it the more I think I'll go through with it. My diagnosis date (or DMD date as I like to call it) is April 2nd. My current plan is to get the tattoo around that time. That will give me 2 months to really contemplate it, work out the design and know 100% that I'm making the best decision for me. :)
Diabetes use to be something I hated and was angry about. Now I embrace it. I think it drives me to push my limits in ways I never thought to or needed to before. It also makes me appreciate my accomplishments and feel proud to be running/biking/hiking/swimming etc. A tattoo would symbolize my complete acceptance, and would also serve a safety function. :)
I agree with you MeganJ - those are three awesome inkings :)
I too have been contemplating a dibetes-related tattoo (have lots that are not), but have had a really difficult time getting my vision in order...
Looking forward to seeing where you go with it, and hope for some inpsiration from all of these tremendous art pieces :)
Does anyone know any EMTs to ask if they'd notice something like that? I suspect that they are sort of on "autopilot" and doing kind of a checklist routine which may not actually include reading people's tattoos which after all, could be a tribute to someone else, a pet, Banting or whatever? They look really obvious to me but well, I'm sort of biased?
I have a friend who's an EMT and he says he automatically checks BGs on anyone who has altered consciousness or passed out. I'll ask him specifically about tattoos next time I see him.
I read a post in an older discussion (from a T1D EMT) who said the best spot would be the left wrist, that is the arm closest to the EMT riding with you in the back of an ambulance...
I really like the simplicity of your tattoo! I wear a med alert necklace or bracelet, but it'd be nice not to _have_ to and still be protected/covered.
I began contemplating a medic alert tattoo after I lost my bracelet this summer. I'm still so torn!