Pea-Sized Bump Under Piercing
I was 18 and had wanted to get my navel pierced for a few months, but, being a college student/broke teenager, didn't really have the money and so had decided to wait for a little bit until I could get the proper finances. Luckily for me, my boyfriend's sister had hers pierced and had an idea to take me to get mine done for my next birthday.
She kept telling me that she knew what my birthday present was going to be and that I needed to keep my birthday (it's in April) open during the afternoon so she could give it to me. She, my boyfriend and I got into the car and drove to Spear Me, the most popular piercing place in our small town. I met Jason, the piercer, and picked out the standard metal 14 gauge curved barbel and went into the small room.
Jason talked to us and helped me to relax and not get nervous (the only other thing I have had pierced is my ears). He did the piercing still talking to me and instead of the pain I was expecting I just felt the top of my belly button get really hot. No hurt, no tears, just a small little prick of heat and I was stoked.
The complications, unfortunately, came later. The first time it really got in the way is the obvious I-sleep-on-my-stomach problem. I fixed that just by laying on my stomach gently and trying to get myself to not move very much. It still hurt a little but wasn't bad.
Next, I had hockey practice and games. I don't know if you have ever played hockey, but I'm sure you have seen it and I'm sure you have seen the players going at each other and knocking each other down. Now, I play in a non-checking league, but that doesn't mean that hitting and falling and smashing into boards doesn't happen. The biggest problem though was my jersey kept getting caught onto the ring and pulling it. I finally ended up putting some hockey tape in a X over my belly button to keep the ring down. That worked pretty well.
The biggest problem I had was a few weeks ago when my boyfriend and I took a trip to California. We got tickets for Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. While we were at Universal Studios, we went on the mummy ride (it's a sort of high-speed roller coaster..) and as usual, I had some problems with the lap bar. To be honest, they just don't make those things for small girls.. I can pull it down as far as it goes and I still have a few inches between me and the safety bar. So, the roller coaster takes off and I fly up and smack the ring right onto the lap bar. It was a little uncomfortable but I wasn't worried.
Then, later, I go into the bathroom and go to slide the barbell up a little farther and notice there's a bump right under the piercing. It was a little strange, but I just decided to keep an eye on it. Later that day, I look again and this bump is HUGE.. like pea-sized and has a sort of whitehead on the top of it. Since I was in California and hadn't brought my cleaning solution (it had been 3 months and it was healing up nicely), I tried to use the sea salt and warm water mixture for a few days to see if it made a difference. It didn't.
Finally, I ended up having to "pop" the bump (Warning: I am not sure if this was a good idea or not, but as this is what I tried, I am going to tell you what happened). Ew. I sterilized a needle and had to poke the top of it. Even trying to do that carefully there was a ton of puss and blood.. Unfortunately, the needle hole ended up turning into just a sort of open wound, but after using the sea salt and warm water 3 times a day for a few days that healed and cleared up too. I'm still not sure what it was or if I did the right thing, but I think it was from hitting it on the roller coaster and honestly, I didn't know what else to do. I was away from home and didn't know any piercing places around.
It's looking pretty nice now. I'm going to wait probably 2 more months until I change the ring, just to be sure, but it seems like everything has finally worked out. I'm really glad that I did get it done, and it was worth it, I just plan on being a little more careful next time I'm going to get a piercing.
Moral: don't get your navel pierced during hockey season or right before you plan on going on some roller coasters.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Navel Piercing