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Working on getting my ducks in a row for next May when I intend to get a tattoo. I have run into my first obstacle and the medical opinion on this is that I should not do this and if I do I need to take some precautions.

Having the medical opinion on this I'm now turning to you guys for real life experiences, whether your own or someone you are aware of.

The first hurtle is I'm "pre-diabetic" which I think is a lot like being a little pregnant, I suspect you are or you aren't and I'm just at a point where they aren't as concerned about it. Although I am supposing to be having my blood tested on that every so often to make sure I didn't cross what ever that line is. So what do we know about Type-2 diabetes and tats?

The second bigger hurtle is having chronic anemia. I'm sure lots and lots of people get tats without ever considering this and have no problem. However, anemia does fluctuate a lot and there are different types that have different effects. I have chronic anemia and it is severe enough that it alters how certain things are done with me. The problem steps in when people try to compare anemia's all on the same level, what I have you have type thing. Being slightly anemic or occasionally having low levels in your blood is not the same thing as I have. Every time I get a new doctor or have an illness that requires blood tests I wind up going through the ringer with medical personnel who are convinced I've sprung a leak internally and may fall over in a faint in their office at any second.

So to give a base line that I'm familiar with and brings it into a non medical speak level, my dental records are flagged because I'm going to bleed excessively all over my dentists, it is not going to heal easily and I scared the daylights out of one dentist because I passed out on him. Which is why, by the way, two years ago my dental work/root canal was such a problem. Nothing went the way it was suppose to and I was in pain for a very long time. I'm not sure all of it is to blame on the anemia but a good chunk of it was. (You ought to see the actual file, it's got red flags all over it and a great big sticker on the front announcing I'm anemic. It cracks me up every time I see it.)

All right, so my doctor says bad idea all the way around (including body piercings) but I want to account for maybe a bias towards people getting tattoos and perhaps not having real life experience. If I do go ahead it is recommended that I get blood tests done before and after to check my iron levels. That's a precaution I can handle, that's not that big a deal in my mind. The real questions are, am I going to bleed all over some poor tattoo artist and take a header on his floor. Does it hurt more? The person I spoke with believes it will but didn't have a lot of time to spare on the phone so I didn't get around to why it would hurt more. I understand why my dental work hurts more, I can't floss my teeth without looking like a vampire reject from a B movie, blood splatter everywhere and it feels like I took razors to the inside of my mouth. But it's skin and because I've always been this way I don't know a base line here for what is a reasonable amount of pain to be in and what isn't.

And, drum roll, can slow healing from a tattoo mess it up and is infection as likely as my doctor think it is?

Anyone? Anybody got real life experience on this so I can figure out how far I want to go or if I need to compromise on this and maybe get a smaller tat or forgo it all together?

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