View Full Version : Tattoo time!

04-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Hippy chickness has no age limit regardless of what my darling teenage daughter says. My 45th birthday present from my kids was a dragonfly tattoo on the top of my foot with their names and birthdates in the wings. I now have 3. The other 2 are on my right wrist. I like them where I can admire them without cranking my neck. I'm about to add another one!

And I have lupus to "thank" for it."WTF"??? is probably the most likely response right about now. Let me explain:

Dr recommended an medical ID necklace or bracelet. After much research I discovered that most first responders look at the wrist the most for medical ID. That and I already have a particular necklace I wear 24/7. Well bracelets have a short life span with me no matter what they are made of. So... while googling medical bracelets I came across pictures of people who have medical tattoos instead. Many guys in the military get their blood types tattooed on their chests as well. Hmmm. My desire for another tattoo and a solution to my anti bracelet quandary! So, hopefully next week I am going to get on the inside of my left wrist the medical symbol that is on the jewelry (don't know what the name of it is) and in pretty writing around it will be written the word "Lupus". So very typically me!!! and functional too.

Anybody else have any medical tattoos? This is gonna be fun!

04-14-2011, 06:38 AM
That is such a smart idea! Definitely can't lose it without losing that limb and you'll never leave home without it. I'd love to see the pictures when you get it done. As for me - ink free. But that's mostly a fear of needles thing.

04-14-2011, 07:27 AM
I too think that is a great idea but being the "mom type" that I am have to toss this out there. Many people with autoimmune diseases tend to have issues when getting tattoos. Some people handle it just fine but others seem to flare because their body attacks the place where the needle went in. Just make sure to check with your doctor and make sure that your body is at a good place before starting the ink. Once you get the clear from him/her... color away!

04-14-2011, 04:56 PM
I got my other 3 tattoos before I was diagnosed with Lupus and thought it was Rheumatoid Arthritis. Didn't seem to bother me then and if it does now, it is the price I'll pay. Can't be much worse than the side effects from plaquenil yet oh so much cooler!

03-31-2012, 12:49 PM
Just curious-Did you get your tatoo?

03-31-2012, 04:49 PM
A friend of mine with lupus has a butterfly tattoo with "lupus" on it. I've always thought that would be kind of fun, but have no idea where I'd put it, and my 13 yr old son begs me not to do it! So I'll live vicariously thru you! Let us know how it goes!

04-01-2012, 09:41 AM
What a unique idea, a medical tattoo. Never in a million years would I have ever thought of that.

04-02-2012, 06:43 AM
Good for you! Post a pic if you've already gotten it!

This is what I want to be getting soon


It's two wolfs (for lupus) and the butterfly (for the cure)

04-02-2012, 12:18 PM
I know, I know, I need to post a pic of the tattoo. I've got 3 more in the works: 1 for my grandson who is 4 1/2 months old, 1 for the grandchild due the end of this year and my daughter wants to get matching tattoos for the fun of it. Lupus be darned! I'm getting ink because I CAN! I'm going to flare regardless so I might as well have fun! Yup, I'm the rebel granny!

04-02-2012, 06:11 PM
I saw a lupus themed tattoo -it was a wolf head with butterfly wings- very cool !