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The night I finally got brave!

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About three weeks ago, my husband and I took a vacation to Florida. I was amazed at the number of tattoo and body piercing shops that I saw. For about a year I had been talking about getting my navel pierced, and now the opportunity finally presented itself. The first night we were there, we went to the different shops, got prices, and me the piercers. I wanted the chance to "shop around" and decide where to get it done.

We went into this one shop and went back to the piercing booth. The piercer was not there, but he had a photo album full of pictures with him and his previous customers. He looked like a really nice guy in the phtos, and I liked the fact that none of the people in the pictures looked traumatized. The materials looked really sterile, and being a nursing student, this was important to me. The needles were individually packaged, and sealed and there was a big box of gloves. He also had a good selection of jewelry. I decided that if I got brave enough to get it done, this would be the place. I put it off all week. Finally, on the last night we were there during vacation, my husband and I went out. We went to a bar, had a few drinks, and then I got brave and said "Ok, let's do it. I'm ready." We drove down to the shop at 9:00 p.m. The piercer was not there, but the guy in the shop said David (the piercer) would come in if we called him. I almost chickened out, but then I remembered all of the people I had told at home that I was going to get this done. So David was called, and all I had to do was wait for him to get there. I was so nervous, and it was so hot in there. I went to look at the jewelry while we waited. About ten minutes later (seemed like 10 hours), David arrived. He was a little shorter than me (I'm 5'11") and he had dark curly hair that came down to his shoulders and had a very sexy foreign accent. He was a doll! He was really nice,too, and first we discussed what kind of jewelry I wanted. The $45 fee included a silver ring (not sure of the gauge) with a colored ball. I opted to pay an extra $5 to get a silver ball. David led me to a chair and told me to slide my hips to the edge of the chair and lean back. I leaned my head back so that I was looking at the ceiling. I felt him clean the area and then felt pressure from the clamps being put on. That took a while. I don't have a very deep navel, and have a flat tummy, so I think he had a hard time with the placement. Finally he told me to take a deep breath, and I felt as the needle was pushed through. I won't lie, it did hurt a lot, but only for a second. The ring was attached to the end of the needle, so it just followed the needle through the hole. I felt a little pressure as he put the ball on the ring, but it didn't hurt. He held a mirror up to I could see it, and it was well worth the five seconds of pain. But boy, was it ever hot in there. I was sweating bullets! I made a mistake when I tried to stand up. Everything started blacking out and I was really dizzy. I think it was a combination of nerves and the heat. David took my legs and held them up straight up in the air, forcing more blood flow back to my head, to help with the dizziness. Then he told the other guy in the store to get me a coke to drink. After sitting there for a few minutes I felt a lot better. After a little while, David began telling me how to care for my new piercing. He gave me a sheet with instructions, but also explained them. He said that I should do a sea-salt soak two or three times a day, wash it three times a day with liquid Dial soap, and apply bactine frequently every day, for the first couple of weeks. He told me to turn the ring in the shower in about two days, partially because of the convenience, and because my hands would be really clean then. I was told to wear non-restrictive clothing and not to play with it until it healed. He was really good about answering my questions.

I was so excited when we left the store. I had worn a long black skirt and matching tube top to show if off in case I got it done. The area around it was just a little red (from the clamp) and it didn't bleed at all. I have been very meticulous about cleaning it, and now it hardly hurts at all, after two weeks. I plan on continuing the cleaning regimen until it heals completely, just to be on the safe side.

All of my friends think it's cool, although most say they don't see how I could stand to get it done. My brother loves it, and so does my husband. I just showed my mom yesterday, and she thinks it gross, but oh well, that's a mom for you. She did say that at least it wasn't as permanent as a tattoo, if I change my mind about it. I still love it. My only complaint is that it's just a little too high, a tiny bit above my navel rather than in it, but I'm still really really glad I got it done!!!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 July 1999
in Navel Piercing

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