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tongue piercing with a comparison to my PA experience

It was time . . . again. I nervously set out to get my second body piercing: my tongue. Though I had only pondered this piercing for about a week, I knew it was right for me. When I finally left work that Saturday afternoon I faced quite a drive to get to 23rd Street Body Piercing from my home. It was purely by luck that I managed to get there in time, 8:30 PM. My piercing was the last one they took that night. Jason told me all the information I would need to make an informed decision about whether to proceed or not. All lights were go.

I tried to be a wimp and go for only a 12 ga barbell. It didn't work

because they were out of 12 ga. So, 10 ga it was. My experience of the actual piercing preparatory time in this instance seemed quite brief compared to the aeons I had to wait to have my PA done. In a matter of minutes Jason was roughly massaging my tongue and explaining exactly what he would do to my body in a few seconds. He marked my tongue with the dye and clamped down. There was absolutely no discomfort, which I thought somewhat odd since everyone I know who has had a tongue piercing has told me, "The clamps are definitely the worst part." I could not even feel the clamps on my tongue. Foolishly, I thought, "This will be nothing." Jason did a fast three-count and slid the needle through my tongue and then fiddled with the jewelry until it was in place and I was done.

The twinge of pain I felt was distinctly different from the pain I

felt on my PA. My PA felt like a momentary stabbing pain; this was a pain that slid down my throat and drained the vitality from my limbs: my hands were cold! When I spit, blood came out of my mouth. Though I'm not sure exactly why this startled me as it did, I grew numb, chilled, and the blood drained from my face. It was mild shock. For a moment I thought I was about to pass out. Thankfully I got out of there and had my piercing brother Matt drive me to the local Sonic to get a slushy and kick back. My tongue swelled quickly . . . I have never seen anything swell so rapidly in my life, in fact. Within 20 minutes my tongue felt like it filled my whole mouth.

I meticulously followed the aftercare instructions (alternating

Listerine dilute & salt water 8 times daily for the first three weeks) for about the first week. For the first three days I subsisted on very little food. I lost about 10 pounds that week. After a week, the swelling had significantly decreased and all discomfort had ended. After ten days I could play with my piercing and the swelling had nearly disappeared. By that point I could eat about anything I wanted provided it was not too hot or spicy. The piercing and healing experience was relatively easy. There was only occasional discomfort from the piercing in the first few days and whenever I accidentally bite down on the barbell when eating. Just remember to check your barbell regularly to make sure it is screwed on securely. My ball came off one day and it was a real pain to try and put in back on.

My recovery still goes well and I would commend this piercing as

being "not that bad . . . comparatively." The comparison with my PA: none possible! The PA was less painful, less troublesome, less expensive, less potentially disfiguring than my tongue piercing, and less time consuming to maintain (because of the need to tighten the balls on the barbell daily) even though it was more daunting psychologically. I would heartily recommend anyone wanting a new piercing to get a tongue piercing . . . but to consider a PA seriously also since it does not take quite the bite out of one's life as the tongue does. Take it from one who has had both of them done . . . neither of them is that bad . . . but the PA is definitely better.

shane http://students.ou.edu/G/Randall.S.Griswold-1/

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on: 01 March 1999
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