Monthly Archives: October 2016

Anchor to the Pain

I mentioned some sensory seeking relief on my horizon and this was it. It’s the most detailed and largest tattoo I have. It’s actually tattoo number 7 located on my right thigh. It took me a little over 2 hours in the chair to get all the work done and I only started to lose it in the last 20 minutes.  It was a lot of pain at some points, but I’m very happy with how everything has turned out.

AnchorTattoo

My new tattoo from Peek-A-Boo Tattoo in Portland, Maine.

I have a high pain threshold, which means it takes a lot of sensory stimuli for me to register something as “painful”. Some people may think it is a blessing and for a detailed tattoo like this is it. However, on a daily basis it actually poses more problems for me. It is only in the past year or so I’ve learned to actively do wellness scans on my body to make sure I’m not injured worse than I think. This includes being mindful of common issues like being aware of sprained ankles, burns, scratches, coughs, or fevers. I’ve had a bad habit of not being aware of how sick I am until things have gotten very serious.

When I get sensory overloaded, like I was after getting this tattoo, it takes me a bit of time to properly decompress. For that, the best thing is being in a safe place and taking care of basic needs like food and water. Recovery time is significantly decreased by deep pressure so my weighted blanket or hugs works really well to help by body calm down. The biggest learning curve for me over the past year is removing myself from situations when I feel myself coming close to hitting a “wall” and my sensory system getting too over stimulated. Prevention is the easier and takes less time than recovery.

Still, the tattoo was worth it.