Linz and Erin’s Excellent Small Town Adventure | Week 6

This weeks adventure couldn’t have come at a better time. 2 years today my son will have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Two years of highs and lows, ups and downs, bumps in the road, learning curves, making friends, losing friends. SO much to deal with. It is a daily struggle that many if not most people have literally no idea about. Type 1 Diabetes  is NOT a punchline in a joke, it is a roller coaster of blood sugars that are  very unpredictable. Imagine living a life where insulin is what is keeping you alive. Too much of it or too little of it can cause you to go into a coma. Imagine going to bed at night with the thought that you could not wake up the next morning. THAT is what Diabetes is. Click HERE to read the post about his diagnosis. SO, with all that said, Lindsey and I headed to Daddy’s Tattoos here in Cobourg where I got a tattoo to symbolically support my son and all of his daily struggles. The location is on my finger for all of the thousands (yes I said thousands) of times he has had to prick his finger to test his blood in the last two years, the colour is red to represent the blood that he has to use to test his blood sugar,  and the heart is a given. I LOVE him.

Let me tell you a little bit about Daddy’s Electric Tattoos. Randy instantly made us feel welcomed. If you don’t know Randy, it’s quite possible you’ve seen him and his awesome large holed earlobes around town (see pic ) AND he’s literally covered in all kinds of amazing tattoos. I asked him how many he has and he has absolutely no idea. Super friendly guy and I loved hearing his life stories (he should write a book). I personally haven’t met his wife (she works next door at Bri’s Grooming), but I’ve heard many many people talk about how great she is as well.

The wonderful, colourful artist that I was lucky enough to have (Koren) made sure I was comfortable and stress free (as much as that is possible). She made sure I had eaten breakfast so I didn’t pass out (at this point I’m thinking I just might) but I was good to go. Now let me tell you. I have two other tattoos. One on my shoulder, and one on my lower back. The pain that this tiny 5 minute tattoo caused me was seriously like 10x more painful than the other two larger ones. If I wasn’t being documented (thanks Dawson) then I think  a) I might have cried or b) stopped after the first dot. Honestly it was like someone took a lighter and held the flame underneath my finger for five straight minutes.  And I personally do not think I’m a wussy. But….after this, I’m thinking everyone in town is going to disagree with that statement.

All in all, I’m super happy I got my tattoo, I’ve talked about doing it for 2 years since his diagnosis. I love it. It’s perfect and it’s exactly what I had hoped it would be. So thank you Daddy’s for taking some time out of your day to share with the lovely town of Cobourg all about your downtown business. If you’re looking for a tattoo give them a call or find them on Facebook HERE. To read more in depth words about Daddy’s check out Lindsey’s blog HERE

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  • Lea - Sounds like another excellent adventure! Having just returned from a hospital stay for my T1, I love the awareness you continue to bring to the disease. A finger tattoo to represent our T1s is fantastic. I just wish you did not say it was such a painful spot! :)ReplyCancel

    • Erin - Thanks Lea, you can TOTALLY do it. It’s 5 minutes. Very long painful 5 minutes, but totally worth it :)ReplyCancel

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