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[IP] medic alert tatoo
>When I first read about a tattoo, I thought "Cool, with a tattoo one
>have to wear an I.D. bracelet!" Just have the tattoo on the writst with
>medic alert symbol! Oh well, call me weird. My husband won't let me do it
>as he is afraid of infection but I thought it was a cool idea.
Debbie, I haven't been following this thread. (I sadly just threw away the
last three digests and knew I'd regret it... ugh.) BUT, I had to chime in
because I just got my tatoo 11 days ago. It was supposed to take 10 to 14
days to heal (for a "normal" person) and it is already completely healed. I
love it!!! It just says "diabetic" above a blue cross. The whole thing is
the size of a medic alert necklace pendant. And I'm so happy I never have
to wear that darned thing again (or, as was more often the case, realize
that I wasn't wearing it at the worst time).
And for the person who doesn't like being referred to as "diabetic," but
rather a "diabetic person," at least for me, the tatoo does mean something
more than just an alert would. I think that diabetes really is a huge part
of who I have become. There's never a time when I'm not thinking about
and/or planning for it. In a way, the tatoo, for me, is a way of owning it
and even celebrating it in a way. (Not that I wouldn't trade it in in a
minute...) Maybe it's like (although not necessarily in magnitude) when a
minority group is called by some hideous name and then the group themselves
start using the name as a way of taking control of it... Well, it's hard
for me to explain in an email, but it is more than just a medic alert tatoo
for me. And I LOVE IT!
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