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Septum Piercing and Surgery Experience

tum Piercing and Surgery Experience

Septum Piercing and Surgery Experience

Two years ago, at the ripe old age of 42, I decided to get my septum pierced. Why would anyone my age want to do this? Well for one thing, although a septum piercing is very visible, in can also be very easily concealed, if the ring is not that big. (I curently have an 8g 1/2" ring which I purchased from Industrial Strength) So I can have the best of both worlds.

Recently however, I found myself in the hospital facing gastric surgery, for the 3rd time in 10 years. Before the surgery, I had undergone an Endoscopic examination (small 8mm tube inserted in the throat to examine the stomach/intestines) with the septum ring in place. No big deal, but I was also getting oxygen during the procedure. I merely flipped the ring forward. Viola! (To date, I've been the only patient at this hospital to undergo an Endoscopy with a septum ring.)

However, before the gastric surgery, all the jewelry had to come out, including my septum ring. The reason that I was given, was that if something went wrong during the surgery, and they had to use a de-fribilator, that all the electricity would travel to my nose. Gee Thanks! Ahh, unlikely, but hey, why take chances. As you can guess, I am "NOT DEAD YET. I am feeling much better!"

Anyway, except for the permanent increase in my tinnitus level (now 50/d/b) due to surgery, I am doing well. (Yes, this was a side-effect from the gastric surgery -- don't ask me to explain!)

The day of surgery went well, and I was too busy visiting Elvis, Jerry Garcia, Shannon Hoon, and Eleanor Roosevelt (you know that Hillary Clinton is trying to contact her, right?) that day to care about my septum ring.

A few days went by, and on the 3rd and 4th day after the surgery, I was in too much pain to care about anything. All this time, the piercing was gradually getting smaller.

Finally, the night before I was to go home, I found a paper clip, and was able to easily pass that through the piercing. The nurse about put a load in her underwear, when she came in to check on me, and saw me with a paper clip stuck through my nose. "My God!" she exclaimed with more than a certain amount of alarm. "What happened?" I explained to her that I have a septum piercing, and I was trying to keep it open, rather than having to have the job done over again.

Fortunately for me, I still had my old 12g (much smaller) jewelry, and with some help from one of the nurses, was able to easily pass this through the piercing.

After a month's re-cooperation at home, I finally was well enough to travel, and went down to my local piercing salon (Hip Hair in Pacific Beach (Sandy Eggo)), and had the piercing stretched back out from 12g to 8g.

It was tough going at first, and I'd forgotten how difficult it can be at times. But within 20 minutes, we had the piercing stretched back out, and my 8g back in place.

I am curious if anyone else has ever undergone majour surgical procedures with or without their jewelry. I am sure others out there may have interesting stories to tell, and I'd like to hear about your experiences.

wayno@pobox.com

if you'd like to see a picture of me and the septum piercing, check out http://www.pobox.com/~sanctuary. The picture is in the Pedagogy Section.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Jan. 1997
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