Apologies for the title of this post (as well as for the tardiness of said post), but it will make sense in a minute.
So, today, finally, after procrastinating for six long years, I got my nose and ears re-pierced. I had them done 12 years (nose) and, ahem, 29 years (ears) ago, but had to remove them all in 2010 when I was in hospital. Because I was in there for so long and then recovering for a full year, I had to let all the piercings close up. Which was a pain, but not the most pressing issue on my agenda.
I wanted to get them done again. I didn’t feel “me” without my nose stud and not having earrings was also a weird feeling. So, today, after thinking about it for a long time, I went and got it done. Like a boss. I was nervous – I am not very brave – and did warn the lovely Bree (my piercer) that I am a fainter. But she was so nice and kind and professional and took the utmost care with me. No rushing, no pressure to choose jewellery, no looking down on me for being a 40-something old chook who wanted something dainty and non-dramatic. Having your nose pierced is dramatic enough for most people.
Anyway, did it hurt? Well, yes, but not as bad you might think. I don’t know why I was even worried. It’s painful, but nowhere near as bad as having, say, a vaccination. It’s over and done with in seconds. I kept telling myself beforehand “You’ve had thousands of injections. You’ve had a renal biopsy. You’ve had a breast reduction. You can do this…” And indeed I could. And did.
My cousin came with me as moral support (she was supposed to her nose done too but chickened out – that’s ok, I don’t think it was the right time for her) and said I was super brave and didn’t flinch at all (although, I think flinching would be a little bit dumb considering someone is pushing metal through parts of your body at the time). I didn’t even get woozy, which is what I thought would happen. I didn’t even bleed (when I got my nose pierced previously, it bled LIKE A STUCK PIG).
I chose dainty little silver (titanium) balls for my ears and a slightly blingier diamante stud for my nose. Swarovski crystal doncha know! It was all a tad expensive, but at the end of the day I got the best service, best-quality jewellery and excellent aftercare. I would rather not skimp on any of those things.
Now for the less exciting part – the aftercare. Lots of “being careful” and not touching the piercings and making sure I use the saline spray stuff to keep them clean. The hardest part is the whole not-touching thing. I am a fiddler so remembering not to touch the earrings in particular is going to be hard.
Anyway, it’s all done now. I hope they heal up well and don’t have any issues or infections. I haven’t done before but you never know… Hopefully my little metal booger will behave and not get all crusty and gross (sorry, but it happens in the healing stage sometimes).
So, today I am feeling glad that I was brave and got through it all and didn’t embarrass myself by fainting or throwing up or squealing or crying ha ha. Not bad for this old thing who isn’t very brave at the best of times 🙂