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Monday, April 1, 2013

Of course...

Back in December with the whole switched implant debacle, my PS advised me to wait at least 3 months to schedule my tattoos. She said it'd be easier to tattoo nipples when the girls settle and are as even as possible. They were WAY off after the one got replaced in December!

The original plan had been to schedule my tattoos on my break from school. However, with my switching jobs I knew I needed to get it done by the end of March. I even got a letter from my job saying my benefits would run through March. So I decided to go ahead and schedule the procedure for last week and I was elated. After almost two long years I was FINALLY COMPLETELY DONE!!

But then....

I get a call from my doctor's office saying that my benefits had in fact been turned off on the 15th even though I got a letter stating it'd go until the 31st. So pretty much my job screwed me...

I hurriedly ran my new insurance card for my school's plan up to my doctor's office and am waiting on them to check benefits on THIS insurance plan.

Now, perhaps I should explain. I am well aware of the act that states that any mastectomy that's covered by insurance must have the reconstruction covered as well. And I know that since I've had no lapse in coverage that I would a very good chance of winning if I had to fight it.

But, I'm. So. Tired.

I got to thinking..who needs nipples anyway? Then I realized I do. I need them to feel whole and complete. I thought about ordering more rub-on nipples (fantastic things to have by the way) and I even contemplated taking a peach colored sharpie to the girls... but that'd probably get my clothes all dirty.

There's a local tattoo artist who I know can do nipple tattoos if I'd like. I'll keep that in the back of my mind, but my gut..the same gut who told me to have the surgery in the first place, is telling me not to risk it in a tattoo parlor. The last thing I need is a punctured implant, or worse an infection from a less than aseptic needle or surroundings that lands me a week's stay in the hospital or surgery. Because...

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