Tattoos and people like "us"

Hello all my friendly and knowledgeable diabetic partners in crime…

Simple question, does anyone have a tattoo and did it effect your control due to pain or the healing process? My beautiful little girl got her wings a few years back and I have wanted to do something in her memory ever since. I’ve picked out a small design and now I just need to know if I should expect complications. Any advice?


You can check out the Inked Diabetics page here, as they not only have experience with tattoos, but even medically related ones (if you’re ever interested in pursuing a design like that). I think some of the major issues to consider is your current level of control (your A1c) and how vigilant you’ll be about upkeep with the healing process (putting the correct creams/ointments on it, etc). I am pretty sure most of the people with diabetes who have gotten them (with regards to that previously mentioned group, at least) have had great success w/ theirs. You might post a message there or read through some of the discussions to see about tips they might have (I don’t have one yet so I can’t really offer more than that right now :slight_smile: I’m sorry to hear about your loss, but I think it’s great that you’ll be getting something in memory of her.

I have been diabetic 16 years and I have gotten 4 tattoos. It mainly does depend on how well you heal from things as some people take longer to heal. Also you have to keep on top of applying the ointments and lotions. I have one on my back on the inside of each ankle and on my wrist and i had no problems

If you don’t mind sharing, can we see your design you’ve picked out (either before or after you get the tattoo)? I don’t have any myself yet, but I like to see others’ designs :slight_smile:

Hey Wendy.
I have always been told that as long as you are a clean person and takes care of wounds that you get and heal okay then you should be fine. I am going tomorrow to talk with my friend’s tattoo artist and see if he’ll do one for me. The shop owner understands about diabetes. His father is diabetic, uses the omnipod and is tattooed all over and had no problems healing.
I’ll let ya know how it goes for me tomorrow.

Thanks for the input! I will certainly check out the inked diabetics site on here. My A1c is good, it ranges from 6.6 to 6.9. I think I heal pretty quickly, although I have been diabetic for 25 years, so I’m not really sure what “normal” healing time is. LOL. I would love to hear about how it goes for you tomorrow, Sugabetic. I will be sure to share my tat, as I am always happy to share anything that has to do with my daughter. You know us mothers…
Madison was named after Daryl Hannah,the mermaid in the movie Splash. Turns out she was a mermaid from day one. She was born with a brain anomoly called holoprosencephaly (which they attributed to me being young, 20, and not in tight control…). Anyhoo, to make a long story short she wasn’t supposed to live past infancy and she kicked butt for 17 years. Laughing all the way. Since she never walked her favorite thing in the world to do was swim, thus the tattoo. I’m getting a mermaid. It has taken me over 4 years to pick out a design because she wasn’t “grown”, she was still a child at 17. So the volumptuous mermaids just didn’t represent her. I finally found one that looks very similar to her and is very child like. I’ll keep you all posted and thanks again for your advice and your kindness :slight_smile: