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    Ok, my big tattoo is six days away, and panic has set in. I've been mostly eating right, my glucose numbers look good. But, it's also a REALLY stressful time in my life right now (my husband is finishing a year long contract at work and its a big, bad deal, plus regular holiday stress) and I feel like I'm healing slowly right now. Every little hangnail or scrape or bump seems to be taking forever, maybe because of the stress Or maybe it's my imagination, because my big day is coming up, not sure but I'm VERY worried that I'm going to end up getting some kind of infection. I had a bad go-round with MRSA a few years ago and I don't need a repeat. Also, when my blood sugar DOES get high, skin infections are usually my number one problem.

    Any ideas on things I could do to reduce chances of infection? Here's what I'm up to so far:
    Eating lc and walking every day to keep sugars low.
    Taking 5000 IU vitamin D daily
    taking aspirin daily (normal for me)
    eating a couple teaspoons of turmeric each day for inflammation
    cut dairy yesterday (so I could have a week dairy free going in, again, for inflammation)
    trying to eat lots of ginger, garlic and chili
    keeping my house super clean, bathroom and kitchen disinfected
    washing my bedding
    using raw virgin coconut oil in my cooking and coffee

    Any other ideas? I know it seems a little obsessive, but it helps me to be super proactive.
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  • #2
    You seem to have it all in place. Maybe you need a massage or some relaxation? Or put it off another couple weeks until stuff blows over a bit.

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    • #3
      how big is the tattoo? where are you getting it? the legs would probably be the worst to try to heal.

      my dh doesn't always have the best tattoo healing and he has had really good results with the h2ocean products. Much better healing in tattoos since he started using it. It's a soap and moisturizer set. I've never had a problem healing, but still use the h2ocean.
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      • #4
        I'm getting it on my right arm/hand. It's going to be maybe 4 inches? The shop I'm going to suggests curel unscented lotion. I asked if they had different aftercare for diabetics but they said no, just to make sure to eat and be hydrated. Going to do some breathwork and see if I can relax a bit
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        • #5
          Rule #1 of Aging Well: Avoid self-destructive behaviors.

          I'm not anti-tattoo; I've got one myself. But if I were a diabetic with a history of serious skin infections, I'd opt for a new bracelet instead.

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          • #6
            I'm diabetic and have two large tattoos. Never had any any healing problems with them and I smoke. You need to make sure your Blood sugar is at the normal level during the healing process, that's very important.

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            • #7
              "Every little hangnail or scrape or bump seems to be taking forever"

              In this circumstance your adding a tattoo? I think the advice gives itself here. I would wait.
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              • #8
                Yeah, I would wait too, especially since your intuition is going off with a big NO for right now.
                "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                • #9
                  This:
                  Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
                  Rule #1 of Aging Well: Avoid self-destructive behaviors.
                  I'm not anti-tattoo; I've got one myself. But if I were a diabetic with a history of serious skin infections, I'd opt for a new bracelet instead.
                  and this:
                  Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                  "Every little hangnail or scrape or bump seems to be taking forever"
                  In this circumstance your adding a tattoo? I think the advice gives itself here. I would wait.
                  get my votes.

                  But as for something to put on the tat afterwards, my tatooist only recommends bepanthen. Worked well for me, no scabbing at all and healed really quickly.
                  If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                  Originally posted by tfarny
                  If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                  • #10
                    Waiting sounds like the best plan for now. When you're ready to go ahead, Arnica is great for fast wound healing.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, I feel like waiting might be best too...but you have to schedule months in advance with this guy, and my husband thinks I'm just overthinking this. My numbers look good, everything should be in working order. And the appointment is AFTER Christmas, so maybe my stress-load will be reduced. Still, I called the shop yesterday and spoke to the artist and he told me to relax and if I still want to cancel after Christmas, I can just call him and reschedule and it won't be a problem. Whew.

                      Thank you all for your words of wisdom!
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                      • #12
                        I used Satin Antimicrobial therapeutic skin cleanser for a few days after I got my last tattoo, and it healed beautifully. (I don't know anything about the issues facing diabetics re tattooing). I got the cleanser at a piercing/tattooing shop.

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                        • #13
                          so...did you decide to get the tattoo?
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                          • #14
                            I got the tattoo, and I healed beautifully Well, it's ALMOST done healing, anyway. There is still the thinnest little layer of dry skin, but it's not at all an open wound. The experience was wonderful (and yes, I already know what I'm getting next!) and I have never taken such excellent care of myself. I'm very satisfied with the finished piece and glad I went ahead with it!
                            Last edited by junebu8; 01-13-2011, 08:34 PM. Reason: not sure if I'm adding a photo correctly...
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