My first piercing, the least painful yet
Ever since I was 12, I have wanted my tongue pierced. Before all the emo kids started getting snake bites and multiple lip piercings and before any of my friends thought it was cool. I wanted people to see me and say "Wow, that's a piercings I have never seen before". At the time it was unique, although its not so much anymore.
It was the summer of 6th grade, I went into a piercing parlor with my dad while he got his first tattoo. I was not aloud in the back with my dad so had to sit up front and wait. His tattoo took about 3 hours and while I was waiting I immediately took interest in the pictures of piercings on the wall. The tongue was the first one that caught my eye. I had never seen anything like it since I had been raised in a small town. I went ahead and bought the jewelry, a 14 g blue titanium barbell, since I knew my parents would never sign the release to let me get it done professionally.
I was impatient and immature, and I would not suggest doing this yourself. If you are serious about getting it done, make sure you pay to have someone who knows what they are doing help you out.
The day before I started 7th grade, I finally took a safety pin to my tongue. It went in about half way when I chickened out. I started bawling and wondering what on earth I had just put myself through. The next day at school I had a huge scab on my lip and everyone asked me what happened. I was reluctant at first to tell them, afraid of what they might say. Surprisingly, they all were very excited and proud of me for being so "brave". They insisted I try again. That was all I needed to take a go at it again, the support of my friends. I did it again that day after school and actually got it all the way through that time. It hurt like hell and bled so much I was sure I was going to get an infection. The hardest part was getting the barbell in because the gauge was so much bigger than the actual needle.
Day 1. It hurt a little and was also swollen a little but not so much as to where I could not talk. I chewed some ice and took Ibuprofen to help with the swelling. Every time I ate or drank something I would rinse my mouth with some watered down Listerine since I did not have access to sea salt. I also read that you should stop smoking and drinking or cut down how often you do these things when you have an oral piercing so during the healing time I did not smoke or drink.. Sleeping was a little rough because I tend to push my tongue against the roof of my mouth for some reason.
Day 2. I woke up and there was a little bit of blood on my sheets and my tongue was swollen again, but bigger than it had been the day before. I took Ibuprofen again and carried ice around with me at school that day. . I read recently that it helps to keep your head elevated to keep the piercing from bleeding. This was the only day that I had the bleeding problem.
Day 3: My parents actually did not even notice until today and luckily they did not make me take it out due to the fact that they did not want the piercing to get infected and also because it was so inconspicuous. I ate a lot of soups, puddings and jellos this day and by the end of the day there was no swelling and I had not taken an Advil all day.
Day 4. I was actually starting to get feeling back in my tongue and it was not a bad feeling either, I could actually move the jewelry around and move it around with my lip. I got a lot of compliments too, seeing as it was more noticeable because I could open my mouth wider as I spoke.
Two weeks later: Today was the day I changed the jewelry for the first time. I knew you were supposed to wait a month or two but I was impatient and had to go back to my job. I bought a glow in the dark retainer to use while I helped out my mom at the hospital she worked at. It was a gauge too big so It felt a little odd going in but did not hurt too bad.
Now: It is now 6 years later and I still have the piercing and it is one of my favorites to this day. I've since then gotten 16 piercings, three of which are on my tongue.
So, if you are wondering weather or not to get a tongue piercing, I would highly suggest it. It does not hurt that bad and I'm sure it would hurt a lot less if it was done professionally. As long as you take care of it and keep it clean it will heal fine.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 04 March 2008
in Tongue Piercing