15mm plugs - 18mm tunnels, painful but worth it
Okay, so I've been stretching my ears for a few years now. My one ear was at 15mm and the other at 1/2 inch. I've been at this size for a while and I thought it was about time to go bigger. I wanted to move up a few sizes for a while but I could never save enough money. Finally I saved up about $25 and figured it was enough to buy at least one tunnel. My ears weren't the same size as it was so it wouldn't matter.
During my spare at school, my friend took me to the mall and I bought an 18mm silver tunnel. It cost $15 so I only bought one. When we got back in the car I tried stretching it right away. Not thinking about the 3mm jump I started pushing the tunnel through my ear, with no luck. I took out a tube of mascara which is pretty big and I used it as a taper. I kept pushing it through but I couldn't get it big enough. I tried for a good 10 minutes then finally gave up.
When I got back to school I was sitting with my friend who used to stretch my ears so I asked her if she wanted to try again. She agreed and we went into one of the washrooms. I pulled out the mascara again and we figured out how far we'd have to get it in. She pushed it through a little and then stopped, and kept doing that. It hurt a lot, and I started to feel nauseous. Sometimes when I get pierced I get that way, and my ears pop so everything sounds faded. That's exactly what happened, but probably worse than I've ever had it. I couldn't handle it anymore so I sat down on the washroom floor and put my head back until the feeling went away. We decided it was too hard to go from 15mm to 18mm with my ears being the way they are, so we gave up for the day.
The next morning, I was planning on going to Artistic Impressions, the piercing/tattoo shop I always go to. I didn't really feel like going out so I found some black tape and decided to roll some around my 15mm plug. I put enough so it was almost the size of the tunnel, and shoved it in my ear. That went in with a little pain, but I was happy. I left that in overnight and during the next day (today). I also taped up my ½ plug in my other ear. That didn't go too easily, and it wasn't painless.
I'm very impatient and impulsive so right before my shower I wondered if I could get my tunnel in. I went and grabbed it and got in the shower. I let the water run on my ear for a few seconds (I'm impatient, remember?) and then I tried putting it in. I got about 3/4s of it in, and it stayed sitting in my ear when I wasn't touching it. I knew I was going to do this eventually so I wanted to just get it over with. It hurt a lot but I just kept pushing. There was only one piece of skin that wouldn't go over it. Trying to ignore the pain I pushed the tunnel in all the way. I was really happy, but the skin around the tunnel was really thick so I couldn't get the o-ring on.
That happened about 20 minutes ago. My ear is still burning and I'm not looking forward to sleeping. I'm going to try getting the o-ring on before I go to bed, but if I can't I really hope it doesn't fall out during the night. I'm really pleased with how it looks, although there's hardly any skin separating my ear and my skull. The tunnel's touching the side of my head. I know stretching my other ear is going to be a lot harder considering it's only a little over 1/2 right now, and it doesn't stretch as easily as my other one. It was really hard to get up to 18mm and I don't think I can stretch my ears anymore without getting them scalpelled. But that's something I don't want to do, so they'll probably stay around 18mm.
Whenever people give me hell for stretching my ears, I just think by the time I want to let them close, if ever, they'll probably have some kind of cheap technology or way to make them back to normal. I still wear normal earrings in my second holes, and I love the way it looks. I love my 18mm tunnel, and I can't wait to get my other ear up to that size too.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Ear Piercing