At least that's the newest rumor going round the internet and e-mail system.
Claim: Women in childbirth with tattoos on their lower backs should not receive anesthetic via epidural injection.
The rumor is if you have a tat on your lower back and you're pregnant, you can't have an epidural (the anesthetic via your spine). Purportedly, doctor's won't poke a needle through a tat for fear of dragging the ink into the spinal fluid.
*maidink shakes her head*
What scares me is that people believe this crap without checking, let's say, an expert on the subject. Oh no. It's so much better to believe an e-mail that has been forwarded from about five hundred people. Yeah, now that's gospel! "My friend's co-worker's sister's best friend's boyfriend's aunt is a medical technician so she KNOWS what she is talking about."
Well thank goodness for e-mail or else I wouldn't know what the hell is going on in this world!