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my septum experience(s)

ptum experience(s)

my septum experience(s)

It's been almost a year since I first had planned to get my septum pierced. I had never really like the piercing, up until about a year and a half ago. Then it started to grow on me. I think this was partially due to the fact that a few of my friends had gotten it done, and I was just exposed to septum piercings on a more frequent basis. As a result, I decided to get it done last September (1996). A friend and I were going to go together, as a little friendship/piercing/bonding experience. She was going to get her lip done, and I my septum.

However, this happened to be in the middle of hayfever season for me.
For any of you out there with allergies that strike at this time of year, you know that they can, well, suck. I decided that it probably wasn't too good of an idea to have to blow my nose several times each day with a healing septum. On a whim, then, I called Body Jewlery in Waukesha, Wisconsin (where we were going) and changed the piercing from a septum to a frenum.

About two months went by, and another one of those spontaneous piercing moods struck. This time, it was mid-November. It actually hit my roommate, who wanted to get her tongue pierced that day. So I decided, what the hell, I'll get my septum done. We kind of persuaded/coerced my other roommate into getting pierced too, because she was getting all caught up in the excitement. She wanted something done on her ear. I quickly ran through all of the various ear piercings she could get, and she decided on her tragus. That done, I called Tie Me Down here in Milwaukee, but they were booked up, and couldn't take us until tomorrow.
Well that wouldn't do, so I called Body Jewelry, and, luckily, they could take us that afternoon.

A few hours went by, and we headed for the shop. I was extremely nervous. Everyone I had talked to about septum piercings said it was the worst, or the most painful one, or very uncomfortable, etc. So I was prepared for it to hurt like hell. Plus, I had gone with a friend over the summer when she got hers done, and saw body shake and tears stream down her eyes as the needle passed through her septum. So, too put it bluntly, I was fucking scared. To top it all off, I went last.

Well, when it was my turn, I hopped up on the chair. I decided to get it done with a 14g, black niobium retainer, since I'd be going home for Thanksgiving in two weeks and would need to hide it from my parents.
The prep work took some time. First the piercer, Mike, cleaned each nostril out with this phatty Qtip soaked in Iodine. That cleared out the sinuses quite well. Then, he spent a little bit of time poking aroud with some tool to find the "soft spot." That done, he proceeded to mark it, and line the marks up so the piercing would be straight. From what I understand, this is the hardest part of a septum piercing and what generally takes the longest: making sure it is even.

That all done, I reclined back into a position that was halfway between sitting and laying down. This huge light was shining on me, and I felt like I was at the dentist. To be honest, though, I don't remember if he used clamps or not. He might have freehanded it. I was too scared to pay any attention. I also dont' remember if he told me to breathe or not, or count to three before he pierced it. Next thing I knew, I felt a really sharp pinch. I could actually feel the little chunk of my septum being forced out and away from the rest of my septum and into the receiving tube. And then it was over. And that was it. It sounds really graphic, but it wasn't that bad. It was really quick. It didn't sting or anything afterward.

After he slipped the retainer in, I lied there for a few minutes, because I did feel a bit lightheaded. After that, he told me congratulations, b/c I was the calmest septum piercing he had ever done. Then I felt all proud and big upped myself. And then I felt like a knob for being so damn scared.

Well, that was the first time I had it done. After having it in for a week, I woke up one morning, and the retainer was dangling out of my right nostril. It was still partially in, but the other side of the hole had closed. And seeing as it was still super-sensitive, I didn't feel like forcing it through. So I swore at myself and took it out....

But then January hit, and I was back at school. I bumped into a friend who had just gotten her septum done at Body Jewelery, and she told me that they were willing to redo mine for free! I had called when it had fallen out, and they seemed unsure of whetehr or not they'd redo it, so I never really got back to them... and they had never really gotten back to me. Whatever. I wasn't about to hold a grudge or anything. So I ran home, called the shop, and verified her story. It was true. So I made an appointment for the following Monday.

This time, though, I wasn't as scared, b/c I knew what to expect. I did have it pierced with a 14g, 1/2", circular barbell though. Everything went smoothly. I was still really calm this time. The only difference the second time around was that the piercer, Mike again, let his apprentice poke around in there because he was training her on septums.
Overall, it only cost me $31 this time because all I had to pay for was the barbell.

It has been almost 7 months since I've gotten it done. And I can honestly say that this has been the most problem-free piercing I have healed thus far. I was worried about infection, since I had it done in the dead of winter, and caught a couple of colds while it was healing.
But I faithfully cleaned it twice a day with Dial and the ear care solution. After about two 1/2 months, my septum wasn't sore anymore.
There was a sharp stinging sensation for about three months though if I pressed on my septum while the jewelry was in. This I think was from the inside of the hold being pressed against the jewelry. However, this too eventually faded as it healed. AFter about 3 months, I changed the jewelry for the first time. For a while I wore a 12g SSS CBR, but then decided it didnt' look good. I also had no problem slipping the 12g ring in, although it had been pierced at 14g.

Well, that's it. If anyone has questions, feel free to email me at: 3vr3menkem@vms.csd.mu.edu

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on: 21 Aug. 1997
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