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Finally a navel piercing!

This was my first piercing with a needle...the only appropriate way to be pierced, as I have learned. However, I am no stranger to gun piercing, that's for sure. I had my lobes pierced when I was 7 at Claire's and then when they got infected and closed up, I had them re-pierced again (at Claire's) when I was 10. The same situation occured AGAIN, and I had them re-pierced once again at 14. They have been fine every since, thank god. I also got second holes at Claire's, at age 15. A few months ago, I had a cartilage piercing done at the mall (on a complete whim) with a gun....BAD IDEA. It's completely screwed up, has a keloid, and is all infected...I'm working hard to get it back to normal again.

Despite all that, I love piercings and I really wanted to move away from guns and actually get a decent piercing. After a couple friends of mine got navel piercings in high school, I decided I wanted one. However, my parents would never go for it, and I had no chance at convincing them. I had to wait a few years until I was out of the house. So now, I have no need to worry about telling the 'rents, since I'm far away in college. I had a very hard time convincing the boyfriend though, but he finally gave in last week and so we dropped by Outer Limits last night on our way home.

I asked if they had someone that could pierce, and they sent me back to Mike. He quickly took my cards, had me sign a couple things, and asked me to pick out the jewelry. I just chose a basic short crystal one, and he asked if I was ready. I was, so I went in the little piercing room and he closed the door.

He had me lift my shirt up and he marked two little dots for the holes, and then had me check them. I looked in the mirror and they seemed fine, but when I sat back down, I decided the top one needed to be over more. So he changed it for me and then had me lay all the way back. He immediately put the clamp on, which didn't hurt one bit, told me to breathe in, and then without telling me, he put the needle through. That definitely hurt, but the initial pain only lasted about two seconds, and then it was just general discomfort as he put the jewelry in and pulled the needle out. I took a look in the mirror and then I was off. The whole process was so fast that I barely had time to think about it! It was literally 30 seconds from when I lay down to when I stood up. I think it definitely helped to have the process be so speedy, because it didn't give me any time for anticipation. Normally, needles make me really nervous, but I never even had a chance to get nervous.

As I walked out the door with my boyfriend, it started to hurt again. Not too bad...just a dull pain, as my body recovered from the initial shock. When I got in the car, I sat there for a moment, feeling happy and relieved that it was done. But as we drove off, I started to get extremely dizzy. I remember that something similar happened one of the other times I got pierced, but it wasn't this bad at all. My hearing started to get fuzzy and my eyesight was fading. Pretty soon I started drifting in and out of consciousness, while my boyfriend pinched me to keep me from going out completely. I was scared out of my mind, and wondered if something had gone wrong, but apparently that was just my body's response. By the time we got home, I had almost recovered. And after a little nap and and some water, and I was just fine.

Today everything is going well. I can't feel it at all, and it only hurts if I bend over. I gave it a sea salt soak and I plan on taking care of it EXTREMELY well, given my record with piercings.

I'm so excited to finally have the piercing...every time i walk by the mirror, I have to examine it for awhile. I think that it is ever-so-slightly crooked (like he may not have moved the top dot quite enough) but I can deal with it, it's hardly noticeable. And first I thought the top hole might be a little high, but after comparing myself to other pictures, I decided it's not really that bad. And it will definitely keep me happy for awhile! More piercings are in my future though...

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Jan. 2007
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Mike
Studio: Outer+Limits+Tattoo+%26+Piercing
Location: Orange%2C+CA

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