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septum experience @ passage

had been planning to get my septum pierced literally the moment I turned legal for about 2 years. That's why it was such an amazing shock when my father finally consented to it. The one condition was that I get over a 90% average at math in summer school. Apparently my conservative father hadn't noticed I was a math wiz! So, in the last week of July I went down to pick up my report card. Let me just say I was a "little" bit nervous. Well after listening to my math teacher for 10 minutes telling me not to give up my math skills, I left with all my stuff and my 92% report card. Excited is such an under-statement to how I was feeling. I wasn't too familiar with any body piercing places in Toronto, but I did remember reading an article in NOW magazine about two years ago. It had been a glowing review of Body piercing by Tee, so I decided my best choice would be to go to Passage in downtown Toronto.

The next Monday I called and made an appointment for Wednesday August 6 at 3pm. They were so unbelievably nice on the phone that I knew right away that my decision had not been an ill one. Wednesday finally came and I met my friend at the Lawrence subway station, we were pretty quiet the whole way down until we got to Wellesley. That was when for the first time I felt any sort of fear, but for some reason it quickly subsided. I don't know what my problem was, but I wasn't nervous or scared at all.

At about 3:15 pm we arrived at Passage. (Anyone who knows me and directions will understand why). They had me sign a form and then they made sure to call my father to be positive he was o.k with this. I was still totally out of it sitting on the couch probably smiling my face off. I was so excited that I could hardly wait. About ten minutes later they finally contacted my dad and things were ready to go. Jen showed me the retainer they would be putting in my septum momentarily; I was asked to choose between a 16 and 14 gauge. I was a little disapointed, because I had been hoping to have it done at 12 gauge, but looking at it now, I don't think it could be any better. I followed Jen up the stairs and she took me to one of the piercing rooms. It was this really clean looking room with this scary red chair, and I could see the needle covered in some sort of creamy substance in a metal tray. For some odd reason I still wasn't freaking out. We sat across from the chair and went over the basic aftercare information, and I don't think anybody could have been more helpful! Then she lead me over to the awful looking chair and tilted my head back. All I was thinking was that I hoped my skin wasn't all peeling off and disgusting looking. I'm like the biggest coward, I have no idea why I wasn't scared. She stuck what I think was a receiving tube up my nose, it was a long metallic cylinder being used to catch the needle. Anyway, the next thing I felt was this little prick; I thought it was a pen or something like one being used to mark placement. Nope. That was the one bad thing that happened in an otherwise great day, I didn't get asked about placement :(. Next thing I knew there was a sort of pushing sensation and the needle was through. I didn't even feel the jewellery going in. Absolutely no pain at all! I thanked Jen and I went downstairs, paid, and walked around Yonge and Wellesley smiling for the rest of the day.

In the healing I washed it with anti-bacterial soap once a day, as well as a daily cleaning of the piercing with bactine. I also did salt water soaks periodically and It has healed better than I ever could have hoped for, and I've since been back to passage to buy captive bead rings, circular barbells (which I've had some trouble with... you do actually have to check that the balls are screwed on every once in a while, they don't just tell you this for amusement) and flesh tunnels and every time I go there I leave thinking "those people are so rad!" They truly have one of the nicest staffs I've ever encountered at any business. Although I was a little upset about not being asked about placement, I wouldn't hesistate to go back to passage for anything. They are totally awesome, sweet, skilled people there and they have a great jewellery selection too! This is, in my opinion, a gorgeous piercing and it has helped tremendously in boosting my self-esteem, as I feel a lot more attractive now. I've since gotten a lot of compliments on it and I definately would not take it out for anything in the world!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Dec. 1998
in Nose Piercing

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