Type one diabetes

By Katiedid11 Latest Reply 2014-10-30 06:57:14 -0500
Started 2014-10-26 21:58:11 -0500

So i just turned 18 and am thinking about getting a tattoo saying that i'm diabetic. Sweet and simple with no ribbon or anything. But i can't think of anything. Any ideas? Just curious, any good diabetic artists out there? Haha

11 replies

Katiedid11 2014-10-27 16:59:25 -0500 Report

Im not wanting one as a medical alert. I have a bracelet and necklace. I just wanted one saying i was diabetic, supporting people with it. You know?

GabbyPA 2014-10-28 06:43:31 -0500 Report

Go for it girl. I am a huge fan of body art. My family is full of it. I think it's a great way to express special things about yourself.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-27 06:17:53 -0500 Report

OMG just had this conversation with a friend who is now an Paramedic Instructor. We went through Emergency Medical Technicians class together. He said they do not train EMTs/Paramedics to look for medical tattoos because people are covered with them. He also said if you have on winter clothing they still wouldn't notice it after cutting off your clothing.. We are trained by the ABC method for unconscious people. Airway, Breathing, Circulation. You won't be able to say you are a T-1 diabetic. If you are alone no one is going to tell them you are diabetic.

Get a medical alert bracelet. That will be seen immediately and treatment will be immediate.

So if you want to still get it and think paramedics are going to see it go ahead and get it. All you will be doing is putting yourself at greater risk of delaying treatment.

lanykins 2014-10-27 06:54:57 -0500 Report

I have worn a Medic Alert bracelet for a long time. I used to have a very pretty one, all gold, but everyone thought it was jewlery. Recently I got another Medic Alert bracelet that is bigger and is gold and silver. The emblem is quite large. Everyone knows what it is! They are not expensive and so worth it. The back of the emblem has immediate info and there is a phone number on it for medical people to call that gives your entire list of who to call, some of your doctors and all your medications. You just need to keep that updated on a computer or phone. Mine makes me feel much safer.

GabbyPA 2014-10-27 05:34:53 -0500 Report

Lots of members here have some really nice "alert" tattoos. Just make sure you are getting a really good tattoo parlor and that you are in good control when you go so that you will heal with less issues.

Here is a great video on tattoos. The artist is a type 1 as well as a very tattooed person. He has some good advice also. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-videos/general/268-miami-ink-s-darren-brass-tattoos-and-diabetes

I am sure if you have an idea, a good tattoo artist will be able to draw your vision for you. I designed one of my husband's tattoos, but I think a good tat artists has a different flare. When you get it, I hope you will share it with us.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-27 06:56:18 -0500 Report

Gabby have you ever been at an emergency scene and found an unconscious person? Have you ever had to cut off that persons clothing just to take a blood pressure and to find other injuries? If not you would know that medical alert tattoos are like playing Russian Roulette with your life. Paramedics are not going to look for them.

GabbyPA 2014-10-27 08:23:09 -0500 Report

And if for some horrible reason, my arm with my bracelet is not attached to my body and I have a tattoo on my shoulder or chest, I would be double protected. I am not saying to do this instead of an ID bracelet, but there is nothing wrong with getting one done.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-27 11:58:39 -0500 Report

And if the shoulder or other body part is mangled the tattoo still won't be seen. I don't advocate for putting peoples lives at risk. You do.

GabbyPA 2014-10-27 15:09:34 -0500 Report

No I do not. She is just asking if anyone here is good at drawing tattoos and wants to get an alert one. I do not advocate her taking risks. Where did you read that? Lots of diabetics want ink. They don't mind having something that says they are diabetic. The topic of not wearing an ID bracelet was not in her question. I gave her a great video that was posted here that encourages her to talk to her doctor before doing one. There is nothing wrong with getting a tattoo.

jayabee52 2014-10-27 03:39:24 -0500 Report

howdy Katie
If you are thinking of this as a medical ID alert, a tat is not the best way to go.
I understand that first responders do not look at tats since so many ppl have the artistic tats. If a medical ID is needed it is better to get a bracelet or neckl;ace which has your medical info on it or a number which can be called to find out quickly. I have a USB flash drive bracelet which can hold 2 gb of data. see ~ http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/ or you could go with something like Life Alert here ~ http://www.lifealerthelp.com/?gclid=CNPItpq2z...

If however you are just getting body art, that is an entirely different story. There's a lot of folks who have them and you'd be just another person with one. I would think long and hard before doing it as the tat, while it can be undone, it is a long and painful proceedure to remove it.

Actually I prefer a lady the way that God made you.

God's best to you