I GOT INKED!!! MY FIRST TATTOO EVER!!!

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    May 03, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    A medical tattoo on my wrist, for my epilepsy. I talked about doing this here before. I've gotta keep it bandaged for a little while longer. Then I'll take a pic to post here.

    I planned to have it in on my outer wrist, where I display my medic alert bracelet. But the tattoo artist said put it on the underside of my wrist. That's where first responders will more likely see it when they check my pulse. And in daily circumstances it won't be seen by the public, my arm by my side.

    It didn't hurt at all, just a slight insignificant pain. Although I must admit, the owner of the gay bar next door gave me a whiskey to drink to ease the ordeal. It wasn't needed. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll post a pic later.
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    May 03, 2015 10:35 PM GMT
    I should tattoo my blood type on my wrist!
  • CX838

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    May 03, 2015 10:39 PM GMT
    I wanna get my first tattoo. But no idea what to get. Cause I know how painful to remove it by laser and I an thinking to be a flight attendant. Haha. I need to hide my tattoo In private
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    May 03, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    Shouldn't have mentioned the whiskey Art. Your creepy STALKER 43shitforbrains will be here any minute. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 04, 2015 12:12 AM GMT
    Art, don't go joining the Hells Angels biker gang on us now.
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    May 04, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    OK, I just took the bandage off, and here's the tattoo. That's my iMac keyboard. My arm's a little shiny from the lotion.

    I had thought I'd get it on the back of my wrist, where I've worn my bracelet. But the artist said that first responders will check my pulse here, and see this tattoo. But otherwise, with my arms at my side, or in most attitudes, it will be invisible to people.

    I'm very, very happy with it. icon_biggrin.gif

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    And I think I'll just dispense with my medic alert bracelet. This makes it unnecessary.
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    May 04, 2015 12:25 AM GMT
    Import saidArt, don't go joining the Hells Angels biker gang on us now.

    I don't think so. I've been a licensed motorcyclist since 1966, and still am. Haven't gone outlaw yet. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2015 1:47 AM GMT
    looks great!
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    May 04, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    willular saidlooks great!

    Thanks! I was thinking of something that would replicate my wrist bracelet.

    But the artist said let me put a large medical symbol above the word "EPILEPTIC". And it doesn't need to be framed, like my bracelet. He also said put it on the underside of my wrist, where first responders will go to check my pulse.

    I had assumed it would go on top. But that big red medic alert cross is gonna get a first responder's attention, or at least I hope. It would get your own attention, wouldn't it?

    Well, I always defer to the experts. And he's correct. 90% of the time no one will see it in social situations under my wrist. Nor when I wear a long-sleeve shirt. I made that a requirement, I insisted it be placed high enough on my wrist. So it's there, but kinda not there. I'm very happy with the outcome. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2015 3:08 AM GMT
    I'm so happy! I was advised about post-procedure pain, swelling, all kinds of potential issues.

    NOTHING! I mean, zero. It's like nothing had ever happened. I felt a little pain during the procedure, but it was negligible. And now, 8 hours later, my wrist looks and feels like it always did. Except. of course it has this medical sign on it.
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    May 04, 2015 3:26 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIt looks really nice.

    Pain and healing are very individualistic. It also depends on where you have the tattoo done. Some areas of the body are far more painful than others.

    The most painful part for me was the area directly over my spine. The pain referral was so intense it felt like daggers shooting through my back and coming out through my chest.

    Some people take weeks to heal, some people heal in hours. It's genetic, I think.

    Thanks! And my goodness - weeks to heal, with daggers?

    I sense a little bit of soreness, sorta like what I would feel with a sunburn. It's nothing to me. And I got this tattoo on a place I was told is highly sensitive. Well, maybe it is, but to me it was nothing, just a minor pain having it done.

    No, this has been a very easy procedure. Although I don't imagine myself getting "inked" again, this was done for specific medical reasons, not decorative. But if you wanna get tattooed, for whatever reason, I found it to be really easy.
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    May 04, 2015 3:41 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    I never took weeks to heal but some people do.

    I suppose. I barely notice it 8 hours later. I'm assuming tomorrow I won't even be aware of it. After all, I only had this little spot on my wrist done.
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    May 04, 2015 12:08 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    woodsmen saidI should tattoo my blood type on my wrist!

    I think this is a good idea. Perhaps come up with an international code as a way to identify medical conditions of people. Should any of these people become unconscious and need medical attention it can be expediently determined in order to save time and save lives.

    Anything from blood born illnesses/infections, allergies to blood type, etc. I believe it could make a huge difference.

    Well, this red symbol I got tattooed (pic above) is known throughout the US by first responders, if not internationally. And I may indeed become totally unconscious or otherwise unresponsive.

    My form of epilepsy during a seizure episode can result in slurred speech, disorientation and impaired walking. Symptoms that appear identical to alcohol intoxication or drug abuse.

    Therefore it's critical that other people know the true cause. Not only so I receive the correct treatment (which is basically just to restrain & protect me until the seizure passes on its own), but also so it's not misidentified and I get arrested and hauled off to jail! icon_eek.gif

    Until now I've always worn a medic-alert wrist bracelet. The VA also issued me a necklace pendant, but I didn't think that was as obvious to those who might find me, and more of a hassle to wear.

    Since this condition is forever, never curable, I had no reluctance to render it as a tattoo. Nor am I embarrassed to admit I have it, as some people are. I WANT people to know, so I get the correct treatment. The tattoo placed right where first responders and medical people are gonna check my pulse. I think I can now dispense with the metal bracelet entirely.
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    May 04, 2015 12:29 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidI should tattoo my blood type on my wrist!

    Interesting thought. I have the least common blood type, AB+, among the + groups. Makes me a "universal receiver". I can take blood from anyone: O, A, B, and AB, so long as their type is + (those with [-] type are even more rare). But I can only donate to another AB+.

    I'll be revisiting the tattoo artist later today. Maybe I'll have him add "AB+" right above the red caduceus cross. We used to have our blood type on our Army dog tags, so I'm familiar with the concept.
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    May 04, 2015 12:58 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    I never took weeks to heal but some people do.

    I suppose. I barely notice it 8 hours later. I'm assuming tomorrow I won't even be aware of it. After all, I only had this little spot on my wrist done.


    you'll notice it after awhile when the scabbing starts. just make sure you continue to use the lotion on a daily basis during the healing process. it'll really 1) help your skin heal; and 2) help keep the tattoo colorful.
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    May 04, 2015 1:18 PM GMT
    willular said
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    I never took weeks to heal but some people do.

    I suppose. I barely notice it 8 hours later. I'm assuming tomorrow I won't even be aware of it. After all, I only had this little spot on my wrist done.

    you'll notice it after awhile when the scabbing starts. just make sure you continue to use the lotion on a daily basis during the healing process. it'll really 1) help your skin heal; and 2) help keep the tattoo colorful.

    Indeed. I was told to expect a kind of sunburn pealing. Hasn't happened yet. I've been putting lotion on it. Today I feel a little more than yesterday.

    But really not much. Sorta like a general ache, or a sunburn sensation. Nothing I would complain about. And the more I see it, the more I love it. I may add the "AB+" to it today as "woodsmen" mentions when I go back. Probably put it above the red caduceus cross.
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    May 04, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    What a cool and useful tattoo!
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    May 04, 2015 7:52 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidWhat a cool and useful tattoo!

    Thanks! I wasn't going for decorative, but functional.
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    May 05, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
    Now you have to go toilet-paper the Mayor's house. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 05, 2015 1:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidNow you have to go toilet-paper the Mayor's house. icon_biggrin.gif

    Huh??? I know our Mayor. And the previous one, for that matter. I'm confused,,, icon_question.gif
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    May 05, 2015 5:09 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, I just took the bandage off, and here's the tattoo. That's my iMac keyboard. My arm's a little shiny from the lotion.

    I had thought I'd get it on the back of my wrist, where I've worn my bracelet. But the artist said that first responders will check my pulse here, and see this tattoo. But otherwise, with my arms at my side, or in most attitudes, it will be invisible to people.

    I'm very, very happy with it. icon_biggrin.gif

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    And I think I'll just dispense with my medic alert bracelet. This makes it unnecessary.
    That is a great idea. I was taught by a paramedic in the fire academy to use people's arm/wrist to take notes on their health because that way it can't be lost and will be right there for when the paramedics arrive or once they get to the hospital. It has saved people's lives.
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    May 05, 2015 5:42 AM GMT
    Zzzzzzzzz....

    Too bad you didn't tattoo "jackass" on your head to warn people to stay away from you...
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    May 05, 2015 9:27 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidZzzzzzzzz....

    Too bad you didn't tattoo "jackass" on your head to warn people to stay away from you...


    Oh come on now jmusmc, don't be so greedy/selfish. It's his thread.

    Trust me, make your own thread, I and others will jump on and talk. Personally, I'm free tomorrow from 12 to 2:30. Seriously, do it, it'll be fun. This is his.

    I'll be witchy, but sufficiently playful on yours.

    Where's the thread? icon_cool.gif
  • Rene_Aensland

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    May 05, 2015 9:37 AM GMT
    I like this. =]
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    May 05, 2015 1:32 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes saidNow you have to go toilet-paper the Mayor's house. icon_biggrin.gif

    Huh??? I know our Mayor. And the previous one, for that matter. I'm confused,,, icon_question.gif
    You gotta be a rebel now. And don't forget to buy a Harley to use as a getaway car. icon_razz.gif