Wednesday, January 18, 2006



A few years ago, while at the Spanish Fork hot pots with some friends, we saw a young fellow with "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed onto his right pec. This, of course, sparked all sorts of wonder and speculation, but the fellow was elusive and a little intimidating and none of us had the guts to do anything about it so... He was simply added to the tomes of hotpot legend and lore.

Flashforward to a year later...

We're at the same hotpots again and, lo and behold, walking down the trail comes the same guy! This time my brother-in-law is along for the ride and having heard the legend is determined to solve the mystery that has been stumping us all for a year. Matt approaches the guy and in a friendly way questions the meaning of the tattoo. As if to shroud himself in further mystery, the fellow shrugs off all questioning and stand-offishly yields no information! He and his butterfly-tatted girlfriend venture off into hitherto unexplored regions leaving us more confounded than ever.

Flashforward to a few years later...
Today.

Images of the tattoo randomly appear in my head and I'm suddenly impelled by some unseen force to search the Internet for any clues that might reveal some clues to the nature of that mysterious guy when I stumble upon this:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2819149.stm

Apparently, DNR tattoos are envogue amongst the ranks of retired/retiring medical workers. They don't want their wishes to be overlooked so what more blatant way to state to an EMT that you don't wanna be resuscitated than to have it written directly on your chest? This, although unorthodox, makes some amount of sense, but, why a seemingly heathly 20-something would do it, does not. And why a seemingly heathly 20 something in Utah would have done it at least 5 years before it become an international trend is enough to keep one up at night.

4 comments:

kat said...

i remember that story!

and you know, the "do not resuscitate" tattoo trend doesn't disturb me as much as the return of gaucho pants does.

Heather said...

Matt is the bravest man alive.

I was there. He wasn't going to let up without an answer.

The only way he could have pressed harder would have been to shoot the guy, stand over his bleeding body, and ask him whether he wanted mouth to mouth or just to bleed it out right there in the canyon.

His determination was SO much more impressive than the tattoo.

Martin said...

Sounds to me like the guy has been stalking you... you should probably watch your back

Kirsten said...

that is weird....