Finally My Tongue Piercing!
Getting my tongue piercing is probably a decision I have put the most thought into ever! My desire for one started when I was around 14/15 when I decided I would ever have the courage to do such a thing so I stopped thinking about it even. That was until I was 16 and I mentioned it to my parents, which didn't got down well at all...My Mum and Grandma both being nurses could not understand why I would want to put myself at such risk, and told me on the day I was going to go for it, if I came back with it done, I wasn't going to get back in the house ever!
So I dropped it. My Mum said to wait until I was 18, had grown up a bit, and realised it was a stupid thing. How wrong she was. It was March 10th, 2 weeks before my 19th birthday when I was in town and thought what harm could a stroll to the piercing clinic I usually go to come to. And that is when I found myself calling my Mum telling her I was about to go in and get it done.
After a few moments of hearing, "my views have not changed" and " I won't be happy", I ended the conversation, "I'll see you later" and in I went.
So there I was, about 4years after I started thinking about it, finally getting my tongue pierced, and I can't imagine being more nervous! I was chatting away to the piercers because of my nerves and could hardly shut up long enough for her to see if my tongue would be ok to pierce! Being the professionals they are, they chatted along too, making me feel more comfortable and leaving me feeling like I could take all the time I needed to calm my nerves. Something I was really pleased about! After a short while checking the veins in my tongue we established I was suitable for the piercing. How scary!
So I popped my tongue out after a few questions of "how much is thing gonna hurt?" etc, only to be told, "I'm not going to lie, when it's healing its fairly painful". Oh dear...I wasn't going to back out now though.
Local anaesthetic on my tongue, burning a little, but I didn't mind, it was a bit of a comfort to know it would be numb! Stick your tongue out as far as you can, dots marked on top and underneath, clamps on, needle time. By now I have my eyes tight shut (I have a terrible fear of needles ironically) and I'm hoping I can stand this! All done. Just like that. I was amazed! After all this waiting, the anticipation, it was done, the bar was in and I finally had my tongue piercing. I was so happy. I wouldn't say it was painful at all, just a feeling, but that might have had something to do with the anaesthetic. After making an appointment for a change down the following week, and having a discussion about what I can and can't eat for this week, I headed for the bus home, so proud of myself and so happy I finally did it. I could talk alright, so I rang a friend to let her know how it had gone.
Then it was time to face my Mum. And that went better than I had expected, she doesn't like it really, and none of my other family members do I don't think, but they respected me for waiting and knew I was old enough to make this decision for myself now. I was happy they looked at it this way, and it also made me feel like waiting all the time I did actually made some difference.
Then 3 days later, the pain I was thinking would come arrived, so much worse than I thought it would be. I couldn't eat, I could barely talk without getting what felt like cramp in my tongue, and I was constantly taking painkillers and anti inflammatories. I also got quite a lot of whitey/yellow gunky goo coming out and of the piercing, and developed a white ring around he top of the piercing between the ball and my tongue, both of which really worried me, however, both are normal and are just like a discharge of dead cells etc. This lasted until day 7 when I got the bar changed down, which felt like such a relief! I think now I've felt that pain, constant ache and wishing to take it out after just 4/5 days, I wouldn't like to do it again, however, I'm really pleased I did and that I persevered. I think if it's a piercing you want, go for it, definitely, its soooo worth the healing if you want it so much, just be prepared for it! I love mine so much and wouldn't change it for the world!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 July 2008
in Tongue Piercing