Life With PH

Texas Ink

Hello lovelies! So, I am full-out sick yet I’m still having a pretty good week! I would love to wear my oxygen, however, putting a cannula up a stuffy nose is a little useless. I cant wait to get my first full paycheck, not only because paying for school but retail therapy! DUH! I’ve also had a craving for a new tattoo lately. Oh yes, I love tattoos. I wanted one for a long time and was told that it wouldn’t be a good idea having PH, so I avoided the hassle. But finally the craving got to be too much to handle and I did it anyways. Somewhat with my doctors permission. I’m totally that patient yáll. The one the doctor just wants to secretly murder cause I’m never really quite doing what I’m suppose to be doing. But for the most part I listen!! 🙂 I’m not TOO horrible.

I presented the idea to my doctor back in February, asking if it would be ok. Since I was finally doing better, he said he thought it was fine as long as the artist knew the risks. That was the other thing, making sure the artist understood the medication I was on. The thing about Pulmonary Hypertension, is most people develop blood clots as a side effect, so most doctors put us on a blood thinner like Coumadin or Warfarin. I’m on Warfarin, and being on a blood thinner we get our “pro-time”or INR checked at least once a month to see how thick or thin our blood is and keep it in a certain range. Believe me, I’m totally that patient with a million missed calls on my phone because I haven’t had my blood checked in two months. One time they scheduled a little intervention for me on why I had to come. Oh yes. I’m awful. Do as I say, not as I do people. Well the risks with any blood thinner is not to get bumped (especially your head) or cut cause you’ll bleed or bruise more easily. I even had to switch to a soft bristle tooth-brush because my gums would bleed. So, before having a needle go through my skin a thousand times a minute, it was a good idea to be off that medication for at least a week. It was a risk that I don’t recommend doing without doctor approval.

A month later, I chose the best place in my town to get tattooed at! Which is the most important step. I also went in 2 weeks ahead of time to show my artist what I wanted and to see if he could do it. My original tattoo wasn’t a possibility in the area and size I wanted and he was honest with me by saying no. So we decided on my backup plan which worked perfectly and I love it more than my original choice. Chris (my artist) was clean, calming, funny and helpful! He took time to help me choose exactly what I wanted and he made me a little less nervous when tattooing me. Did it hurt? Somewhat. It felt like a cat scratching me over and over. After about 15 minutes, it starting to sting a little more and more but I was shocked at how horrible it wasn’t! I love my tattoo and definitely want more (in hidden places). Don’t let your disease stop you!! Pursue it, WITH doctor approval!

I have “PHenomenal Hope” tattooed across my left side on my ribs. The capitalization of the PH symbolizes my PH obviously, and I wanted it close to my chest since this is where my disease originates. Plus, rib tattoos are just pretty. Excuse the cheetah print bra. The tattoo is actually straight across, but my arm is lifted pretty high! I absolutely love my tattoo and it’s something I’ll never regret. The recovery hurt more than the tattooing in my opinion! I was super sore, and actually ran a fever the next day! So prepare for that. I didn’t bleed or bruise at all throughout the process either. Lucky me. So yea, I’ve joined the ink clan. And I’m ready for more. Prepare for Kat Von Haley.



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