Tongue piercing and healing experience
I've wanted to get my tongue pierced for years, but I finally decided to do it in February 2009. I called and made an appointment two weeks ahead of time.
When February 28th finally came I was really excited. My appointment was for 6:30 and I got there about 15 minutes early. They asked me to fill out a short form that basically said I didn't have any allergies and I knew the risks of the piercing. I had done a lot of research so I didn't need to read and consider everything on the sheet, I just read over it quickly to make sure I knew what it said and then I signed it.
I had to wait for a few minutes and then they called me in. I sat down on the chair they had, it was basically like a dentists chair. The woman who was going to pierce my tongue came in and told me I looked really scared. I told her I was really nervous and she assured me that it wouldn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Then she summarized all the details of what was going to happen. She then asked me to stick out my tongue and she told me she was just going to look at it to make sure everything was okay to pierce it. She dried it off with a tissue, or something similar and flipped it upside down and looked at if from all angles to make sure it was safe to stick something through it. Then she gave me my tongue back and said it was all good. I was really excited about that. She got me to rinse out my mouth with some mouth wash mixed with just a tiny bit of numbing stuff that was only enough to make my mouth feel funny.
She got me to stick out my tongue again to mark the place she was going to pierce it. She dried it off again and marked it with a dot. When I got my tongue back this time I asked her which way she was going to pierce it from, the top or the bottom. She said top and I was relieved, I felt weird about the thought of something going up through my tongue, but going down suited me just fine.
It was finally time to do the deed and she got me to stick out my tongue once again and dried it off in the same manner as she had every other time. I wasn't so nervous because I was used to this routine already. Then she put the clamps on my tongue around the dot she made and got the needle from her tray. She told me to take a deep breath and that she would stick the needle in as I exhaled. It was brutally painful, I felt the needle the entire way through, forcing itself into my tongue. Then she took the barbell and pushed that through, it wasn't as painful because there was already a hole. It was pretty quick overall and the only pain was from the needle for the 2 seconds it took to stick through my tongue. She got me to wash out my mouth again and she gave me some water. Then she gave me a quick rundown of cleaning it and a pamphlet about cleaning oral piercings. Then I paid and made an appointment for my barbell change. I wanted to tell her that it really did hurt as muc h as I thought it would, but it was kind of hard to talk because my tongue was already starting to swell and I wasn't at all used to the foreign object in my mouth.
For the first week about my tongue was swollen and it was hard to eat anything. It was nearly impossible to talk for the first day or two and it was painful to talk for any length of time for the next week. It took a while to get used to the top ball and I ended up chomping down on it a few times while eating... That was really painful. Overall, it was about two weeks before the swelling went down all the way and after that the barbell felt way too long in my mouth. I went to my appointment three weeks later and they gave me a smaller bar, after that it was WAY easier to talk and eat and I didn't bite down on in anymore. My tongue was sore for probably a little over a month and after that it was mostly good. It's completely healed now and I haven't had any trouble with it at all; no loss of taste, no speech problems, no trouble eating, etc. I've had no trouble with my teeth yet either, but I could still end up chipping a tooth at anytime, I guess. I'm not too worried about it
. The barbell doesn't feel like a part of my tongue, lots of stories people wrote said that they didn't even notice it anymore, but that's not true for me. I'm completely used to it being in my mouth, but I never really forget that it's there and it doesn't feel natural in my mouth, but I think that's part of why I like it so much.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 20 Sept. 2009
in Tongue Piercing