hi @gabimontoya -
I’ve had T1 for 52 years this coming July. I have 4 tats and I’m sure that’s not the end (the one in the planning stage is a pink ribbon for the breast the tumor was taken out of). My first was on my hip when I was 19. I have one on my ribs/side that took 3 sittings. I’ve asked my endo and PCP for abx prior and they said categorically NOT - the overabundant abuse of abx has led to abx-resistant superbugs. Tattoo care and healing science has advanced significantly over the 30 years between my first and the latest. I hope you don’t pursue antibiotics pre- and post-tattoo - I also suffer from the condition where abx killed a significant amount of beneficial flora in my colon so I’m at risk of a worsening condition each time I’m prescribed them for a legitimate infection.
Your doc is right tho - the shop HAS to be clean, autoclave their tools, the artists must wear gloves, the beds/chairs have to be disinfected before and after each client. AND you have to follow the instructions provided - don’t roll on the floor with a new tat. It’s the same as having an OPEN WOUND. A little common sense could have prevented the scolding by the doc.
YES, diabetics are PRONE to infections. High glucose + open skin = feeding frenzy for bacteria.
If or when you get your next one - 1) keep the site clean and pat dry; 2) apply only unscented moisturizer once or twice a day (NOT Bacitracin/Neosporin), and MOST IMPORTANTLY 3) monitor your glucose levels - as you know, unexplained and prolonged high glucose readings is indicative something is going wrong in your body.
My last piece of advice is THINK. Is this experience worth your life and your health? Don’t opt to rebel against the doctor just because she pissed you the %&@$ off. Have an adult conversation about what you want and devise a plan, together. There are a lot of artists who have no tattoos and have lived to talk about it!
I wish I could post a picture of mine. I think you’d be impressed.
Best of health,