First rook piercing
About two months ago, I finally made up my mind and decided to go get my cartilage pierced. I had been considering it for a while, but was nervous due to the fact that the last cartilage piercing I had got infected and I ended up having to remove the piercing. However, this was the first time that I was going to get my ear pierced with a needle rather than with a gun.
I really didn't quite know what I was going to get done when I was driving to the shop, because I just couldn't decide what piercing I wanted. As I was sitting in the parking lot, I looked at my ear in my mirror in the car and made up my mind: I was going to get my rook pierced. I figured that this was a slightly different piercing than the standard helix piercing, but wasn't something too crazy. I also liked how the rook piercing could either be very visible or not very visible depending on what kind of jewelry was put in, as I have a friend with hers pierced, and due to the small barbell she has in, you can hardly see it most of the time. I was slightly nervous as I walked into the shop because I have a small fear of needles, but I figured that if I could survive having someone poke a needle through my navel I could make it through this. When I first walked in, I was relived to see that the shop looked very clean and that the two people working there were very nice. Michelle was the girl who was going to do my piercing, and before we even went back into the piercing room, she showed me where the piercing would be and told me that they do the initial piercing with a ring. After I was shown where on my rook the piercing would be, I started to become more excited. We went into the piercing room and Michelle showed me how everything was clean and sterile. She marked the position a few times before we decided on where I wanted the piercing to go. Once the marks were on my ear, she told me to lie down on the bed and put my right ear (the one I was getting pierced) up. As I was lying down on the bed, I became very nervous, and kind of started babbling like an idiot. I did, however, manage to shut up long enough to hear Michelle explain how she wanted me to breathe. She placed the receiving tube against the underside of my rook to catch the needle and then had me take a deep breath in, and when I breathed out, she pushed the needle through. The needle took a lot longer to go through than I expected, even though Michelle warned me that it wouldn't be really quick. It was not really particularly long, but it did just take a good second and a half to get through. I definitely felt the needle going through, which was a very different feeling than the last time I got my cartilage pierced with a gun, which felt more like a very hard pinch. After the needle was through, I felt so relived, until I realized that the jewelry still had to be put in. I was getting a 16g cbr, pretty small but I have a pretty small rook and I didn't want it to look huge. After giving me a chance to catch my breath and relax a little, the ring was pushed through. The bead was then inserted and then the ring was closed. I really expected it to bleed a lot more than it did, since my navel bled quite a bit when I got it done and I usually bleed quite easily. However, it really only bled a little for a couple minutes and had mostly stopped by the time that I had left the shop. For aftercare, I've just been doing salt soaks followed by rinsing with saline 3-4 times a day and so far have had no problems, not even any crusties. It didn't even bleed again after it stopped bleeding, even though I was warned that it might bleed a little the first couple of days when I cleaned it. I still haven' t had any problems with the piercing. The only thing I can complain about is that it was a little bit tender the first couple days, and I was afraid that I was going to roll on it in my sleep, but since I got my right ear pierced and I sleep with the right side of my head up anyways, this ended up not being a problem. The only thing I'm worried about with this piercing is that I work as a lifeguard on the days that I don't have classes, and there is the possibility that I may have to get in the pool at some point (hopefully not, I really would prefer if no one drowned at the pool.) So hopefully no one will drown and I won't have to get in the pool, because I know that pool water is really bad for new piercings.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Dec. 2009
in Ear Piercing