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Introducing myself! ^_^
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November 27, 2013
6:32 pm
kaytemew
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Hi, I'm Kayte. I'm 24 years old and from WNY. I work as a Phlebotomy Tech in home health care. I don't spend time with many people, and I can be a little introverted, but I am happy to be a part of the CoBM and of this forum so that I can get to know more like-minded people.
Body modifications are a big part of my life, and I feel unmeasurable happiness during the procedures. Working in the medical field, I am required to cover all of my tattoos, cover my facial piercings and cover my ears. I love what I do, and am advancing into nursing so on this journey, I really hope to open up the medical field to not be so harsh against heavily modified people, as we can care for patients with just as much love and care as someone who is not modified.
I have a split tongue, 7 tattoos, self-scarring, and 15 piercings. I'm hoping to partake in some professional scarring and suspensions in the next year!

I'm new to the forum world so I hope this wasn't totally lame ^_^

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December 1, 2013
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It wasnt lame at all. :) You done good. Im dying to ask…what was tongue splitting like? How was it done? Can you move the split parts independently? Sorry for the barrage of questions from a total stranger but Ive never met or seen anyone with a split tongue,other than in photographs. Please forgive my frankness lol.

December 2, 2013
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Hi Kayte, welcome to the forum!

Glad to hear you are working hard to challenge perceptions in healthcare. I have found that initially they can be very judgmental, but as you earn respect over time, things tend to relax.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 4, 2013
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kaytemew
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ShylaRose- Hey, and thank you! :) The tongue splitting was an amazing experience. It was painful, but was the most exciting thing I have ever done and I love it more and more every day!
I went to Rev Decay at 717 Tattoo in Harrisburg, PA- which is about 6 hours from my home but worth the trip! He did it simply with a scalpel, cut under the tongue, the top of the tongue, and then straight through to wear I have my tongue pierced. Once my ring fell through, he packed it with gauze and I was on my way! The entire procedure took about 20-30 seconds.
I cannot move each side independent of each other quite yet, unless I'm holding down one side with my teeth. I can fold it in half and "flap" it which is still pretty fun. I am wanting to get it split back even farther sometime next year :)
Feel free to ask me questions anytime! I don't ever mind inquiring minds ^_^

Oakbear- Thank you! Yeah, it is incredibly judgmental, sadly. Unfortunately, while all of my patients love me, it is my coworkers who don't like "the way I look". My boss initially allowed me to keep my piercings in and didn't make me cover my tattoos until a coworker complained that I "shouldn't be allowed to see patients 'looking like that'." My tattoos have to be completely concealed, facial piercings out, and I can't wear flesh tunnels in my ears, only plugs that are completely closed- at first they wanted me to take the plugs out completely but decided the dangly floppy earlobe was too gross for the patients, so they compromised with full plugs.
I was really hurt by it, I went home and was in a serious depression for days afterwards, which may seem silly but I felt like it was a personal attack on my character. So I truly hope to change it someday! Because I'm not going to stop modifying, so they're going to have to get used to it ;)

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December 5, 2013
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Oakbear
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I think in health staff get hung up on this Florence Nightingale image of how we should look. Patients only care about the care you give.
I have definitely found that with time people value you, and get more comfortable, and you get more leeway, so hang in there!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 5, 2013
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kaytemew
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I definitely will! Thanks :)

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