People get tattoos for all different reasons. Sometimes it's to remember a loved one. Sometimes it's to remember an important event. Sometimes it's because they really like the way that flowers look.
Medical alert tattoos are emerging as an alternative to medical alert bracelets. The tattoos, however, come with a variety of their own problems. For example, there's no designated location for a medical alert tattoo. I, for one, vote for the butt. But to each his own.
Well, no, the problem isn't entirely with Canada. Although they're not particularly common, medical alert tattoos exist in various countries. But recent attention was paid to Chris Miller, a 42-year-old reporter from Edmonton, Canada. He never had tattoos before, but recently received a "T1 Diabetes" tattoo, a condition that he's had since three years old.
There are, however, a lot of issues with medical-alert tattoos as a whole, including the fact that medical staff aren't trained to search for them, a process that is especially difficult if a patient has multiple tattoos. Also, a variety of interpretations exist around any given tattoo. What if the world champion at eating peanuts has a tattoo that reads "peanut allergy"? Now that's a funny tattoo.
On the other hand, medical alert tattoos are a great idea if you consider some of the reasons that people get tattoos. At least if you have diabetes, diabetes will still be relevant when you're super old. You know what won't be? The shapes of birds that you have tattooed on your calf. Those look like pigeons, dude. You have pigeons on your calf.
Do you know what DNR stands for? If not, that's good! DNR means "do not resuscitate," or, "If I'm dead, then whoopie!" DNR tattoos definitely exist, and they're even more problematic than medical-alert tattoos for doctors, who have to make life-changing decisions in a split-second.
DNR tattoos, unlike actual DNR's, aren't legally binding. And for good reason, because I bet there's some dude out there with a leather jacket who got a DNR tattoo because he thinks it looks cool. But when that same dude gets a stray ear piercing to the heart, you know he's going to want the doctors to do everything they can. This is the tattoo in question.
Recently a 70-year-old patient in Florida made news when the previously pictured DNR tattoo left doctors unsure of what to do. The tattoo included his signature. Initially doctors began procedures to save his life, but after consulting with an ethics expert, they decided to honor the tattoo, which was a good idea because the man's real DNR order was eventually found.
This predicament has left doctors in debate, and for a variety of reasons. What if an otherwise healthy patient comes into the hospital, physically injured, and with a DNR tattoo? What if someone gets a DNR tattoo and later regrets the decision? Can doctors be sued if they revive someone with a DNR tattoo but no actual DNR?
As of now, doctors treat DNR tattoos on a case-by-case basis. They consider many factors that include a patient's age, current injury, previous conditions, and if his or her family can be reached. It's a problem without a true solution.
And now, here are three more problematic tattoo ideas.
Allow me to list some of the jobs this tattoo excludes you from: all jobs that don't involve weed. I doubt you can even deliver pizzas with this tattoo. The manager at Pizza Hut won't want to be liable for your decision making. On the other hand, most weed jobs make good money, so you can afford more pizza weed tattoos.
I don't know about this inclusion, but I'll keep it. Look, dragons are awesome. No one will deny that dragons are awesome. They breathe fire. But you know what isn't awesome? Tattoos of dragons. Tattoos of dragons are way less cool than real dragons.
There are definitely multiple people with Cosby tattoos. That's a bad situation, and you can't really blame them. Well, you can, if they got the tattoo in the last year or so. Getting a fresh Cosby tattoo would be quite the statement...