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R.I.P. Sternum

The date this happened thingy lies.. It was two weeks ago today. Seems like forever ago now :(. Most of this submission is actually from my blog (with some tedious editing thrown in for good measure), but I thought I'd give it a mention here too. "I'm still on 13" is a lie, too. I had my lobes stretched up to 2.4mil last week. Enough random shit, on with the story. Look out for me on IAM: TasteMyFknMetal.

2007/05/02 12:30

Yesterday was a hard day for Natari.

I, er, had to retire my Sternum piercing :(.

I had it pierced back in early November. I suppose at the time it was a big "FUCK YOU!" to a few people, and something I had to do. I was getting sick of people telling me what to do, and trying to let go of my past. I was taking back control, damnit!

Seems like I'm always trying to do that, but I digress.

I think I'd had problems with it since day one. The jewelry had to be changed so many times as it slowly rejected, and I was forever picking crusties from my skin. Tut.

My poor baby (and my absolute favourite piercing out of the whole lot) was definitely having trouble healing, despite my constant attention, love and care. Salt soaks, lavender oil and leaving it alone unless absolutely necessary. But Monday night it was becoming a pain.

Imagine green goo constantly oozing from behind the bottom ball, red soreness, and scarring that was pushing to the front of my skin without pushing the damn bar out. Every time I cleaned it up, more and more poured out. And then came the blood. And it wasn't just your average blood, this stuff was seeping with a vengeance.

I'd been waking up to blood stained sheets and having trouble moving first thing in the morning from the immense pain for a good week or so.

So, being a grown up, I had to make a decision.

My piercer, Paul, has always told me that a piercing is worth nothing if it's causing me discomfort or damage, and whilst it's always hard to make the decision to retire a piercing, sometimes it just has to be done.

So I did it.

Tuesday is my day off from "work", so I headed out to Bradford with Andrew. I was sad that the day had finally come, but I knew inside that I'd feel much better once I'd had the jewelry taken out.

How wrong was I?

I felt naked, and still do, without those beautiful balls on my chest (no innuendo intended, behave!) :(.

Paul and I had a conversation about random shit, as we sometimes do, and he showed off his new tattoo. Some tribal thing on his upper arm. Not really my style, but he was happy enough. At least he wasn't whipping out his Popeye again.

Anyone who's met Paul will know EXACTLY what I mean ;p.

I came to the conclusion that I couldn't leave without another hole. It just wouldn't be right. Out of respect for my sternum! Ah, but where?

Pondering and debates over female eyebrow piercings (something I absolutely HATE) arose!

Long story short: The end.

I don't actually have credit for that line. Sorry, J, if you ever do stumble across this x.


I have a Monroe now.

Er. Lmao. That's all you really need to know. It's a pretty bog standard hole, quite common, and has the same healing as a labret, lip or "snakebite" and it aches. But it'll pass.

And I'm still on 13. Sob.

R.I.P. Sternum.

Maybe we'll see eachother again soon, but in microdermal form!

But that's a story for another day.

I'm going away again now.

TasteMyFknMetal, you cunts :D!


Final edit:

After two weeks, the scar tissue is healing happily, although there is still some red/purple skin around the entry and exit holes.

The tunnel under my skin closed up almost immediately, but unluckily for me a lot of "goo" got trapped in there. Tip for anyone with this problem would be to soak it in the bath, with hot water, and wait for the skin to loosen and then squeeze the life out of it. Picture the biggest, baddest spot you ever did see, and show it who's boss. It's painful and vile, but it works.

I decided against microdermal implants after finding out exactly how they heal. It scares me to think about having something cut out of me if it was to go wrong (and we all know they can, and do), so I'm looking to get it re-pierced in a couple of weeks, incase anyone wondered.

I seriously can't live without it. Scratching my chest is strange, and I can't wear an open/v neck top without feeling overly exposed.

I'll let you all know how it goes :).


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 06 June 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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