Monday, March 20, 2006

Repiercing of the ear

Seriously, that's what I did yesterday.

It all started a few weeks ago when the first hole in my left ear started to hurt. Then it started to turn rather red. I don't how I managed but an ear piercing that was over 20 years old had become infected. I swabbed it with alcohol and/or H2O2 and that seemed to work. It scabbed (eww) and healed.

Alas, it healed too well.

Yesterday, I tried to put an earring in the hole.

No go.

I tried again.

It went through the front but not the back.

Upon inspection, it was determined the back of my ear had sealed shut.


I didn't think I had any starter earrings lying around to open the bugger again.

I was wrong.

Found a gold one from ... oh say ... 14 years ago. I unsuccessfully tried to get the top of my left ear pierced at the time. It become really infected and swollen. With the help of a pair of needle nose pliers and some beer, I pried it off. So I guess I kept the unused starter earring as a twisted momento as sorts.

Or it could be I'm a pack rat.

Swabbed the hole a few dozen times with alcohol. Gave the starter earring an alcohol bath. Put the little spear in the hole, clenched every part of my body that could clinch, and *POP*

It is done!

Anyone who truly knows me knows this was quite a feat.

I loathe needles.

But I still want a couple of tats and a body piercing or two (but not the tongue ... no way).

I have since unclenched the various parts of my body much to Geo's happiness.


Whinger said...

This happened to me as well several times, and I've finally decided that I no longer have pierced ears. It's fascinating to me that the ear can heal after twenty or so years.

Sigh. I only miss it when I have on a fancy dress.

Spikey1 said...

I want to do my ear again. Take me!

mdmhvonpa said...

Heh ... find some coal for next time and make a diamond or two! ;)

Celena said...

The tongue was the only peircing that didn't hurt!! (I've had 11)

Maidink said...

Whinger - And clip-ons just don't feel right. I know ... magnet earrings! I've seen them at Claire's or somewhere like that in the mall. Look peirced without the gaping wound. You should look into that ... for your fancy dress parties and dinners and Oscar shows.

Spike - Okay, hold still. First, let me get this rusty nail out of the asbetos ladden wall here ...

MDM - Gotta go to middle or Western PA fer that!

Celena - OUCH!!!! x's 11

Anonymous said...

20 years...I think my left ear resealed in 3 days. I had in some hook earrings saturday, took them out Sunday and left them out until Tuesday. I cannot for the life of me push it back in without repiercing my ear which..really doesn't hurt that bad but I don't want a lobe the size of a grapefruit on my head.