Psycho XIII's Piercing experience
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My buddy owed me some cash and proposed that instead of giving me the money that we go and get our tongues pierced as payment, his treat. Since I've wanted to get it done for some time I agreed. Several weeks later we went to get it done, here's a description of what transpired.
Day One - The Big One
We decided to go to the most reputable place around even if it meant spending a few extra bucks. We went in about 4 in the afternoon and told them that we wanted to get our tongues pierced. They pulled out some forms and waited while we sat and filled them out. It took about another 20 minutes to convince them that I was eighteen since I didn't have a photo ID, well actually I did have an ID but I am not eighteen. With some help from one of my friends driving permits and quite a bit of persuasion we got them to believe us and waited while they prepared the equipment.
I went first with no opposition from my friend who insisted on getting his done second, lol. They gave me a cup full of Listerine and told me to rinse with it for at least 2-3 minutes before getting it done. I rinsed while my buddy went out to the car to grab some tunes to get pierced by. He returned right as I was getting done with my rinse. He put Coal Chamber in the CD player, now I was ready to get pierced. I took a seat on the piercing table as Ruth, my piercer, opened the packages (barbell, needle, forceps, etc.). Like I said we went to the most reputable place around and as expected everything was new. Anyway, first she took some tattoo ink and a metal rod and marked my tongue for the piercing. At this point I was a little skeptical because she marked to far back and smeared ink all over my tongue which I could tell from the reaction from my friend must have been rather humorous. She finally got it marked correctly and dried off my tongue as she set some paper towels up to catch drool.
She then took out the forceps and clamped my tongue, surprisingly I wasn't nervous at all. The forceps were rather uncomfortable and also extremely tight. She maneuvered them so that the mark was directly in the center of the guide and took out the needle.
She said "OK, here we go". She pushed the needle through my tongue with no problems. I was surprised that it didn't hurt at all and was over within 2 seconds. I remember thinking that it didn't hurt any more than getting your ear pierced.
Anyway, she started to feed the barbell through the new hole in my tongue as I sat there drooling all over the place. When she got it fed through she took several attempts at putting the barbell on which I have learned is not the easiest thing to do since the barbells we got have very small threads. Within 30 seconds the balls were on an it was time to rinse yet again. I went in and rinsed just as Coal Chamber's Oddity was ending. To my surprise there was no blood and it didn't hurt, I realized quite quickly that I have a very noticeable lisp that I didn't have 5 minutes ago. Which could have been attributed to the piece of surgical steel that was now embedded in my tongue.
I took a look and it looked great besides the fact that my tongue was half black from the marking ink. Other than that it was perfect. I waited as my buddy got his done. After he was done we paid them and they explained all the drawbacks and told us we weren't going to have the greatest week. Just the usual, rinse with Listerine water (75% water, 25% Listerine) every time we smoked or ate. She also told us that we should ice it as soon as possible which seemed like a good idea considering that we were already swelling. So we went next door to the Coastal Mart and got 2 cups of ice. We left proud and surprised that we finally got it done.
We decided to go to the mall and show them off. We walked around for about 3 hours and decided to go to a party another friend was having, which seemed like a good idea since our tongues were starting to feel sore. We got to the party showed off our jewelry and got down to partying. We left the party after about 2 hours and we weren't even thinking about our tongues. Before we went home we decided to get something to eat since we didn't have anything since before we got pierced. Wow, that was quite an experience. I now understood why she said we weren't going to have the best week. Eating was a chore to say the least. I never expected it to be so hard to eat, I couldn't move the food around like I'm used to and as if that wasn't bad enough I found out rather quickly that it hurts if you bite down on the barbell. It took us about a half of an hour to eat a small fast food meal. We then went out had a cigarette and rinsed with our Listerine. By this time my lisp had gone down but was still slightly noticeable. We went back to my place to get some sleep. By the time we got to sleep our tongues were swelled so that 75% of the barbell was not visible. All in all it was a good day.
Day Two - Avoid Parents
We got up and couldn't talk worth a shit. We chilled in my room for at least 2 hours as we waited for the swelling to go down enough that we could talk to my parents without them noticing. I ran upstairs and borrowed the car so that I could take my friend home. They didn't notice which was a good thing.
We stopped and got something to eat at Burger King, and to my disappointment it wasn't any easier to eat than the day before. I still kept biting down on the barbell and my tongue was quite sore since I woke up. Luckily it only bothered me when I talked or ate, which was basically the entire time I was out. I dropped him off and made a couple more stops to kill time so I could avoid my parents. I got home and spent the rest of the night in my room, luckily my parents didn't notice.
Day Three - School Sux
I got up and went to school. My tongue was just as swelled as the day before when I woke up. My tongue was swelled from ball to ball. By the time I got to school I had 2 cigarettes and rinsed at least 4 times. I was kind of getting used to my Listerine rinse but my tongue was still sore every time I spoke. It wasn't as bad as the day before because I was actually able to play with it quite a bit without much discomfort. Every one said my lisp was gone but I could still tell that I still had a slight lisp even if it wasn't noticeable.
I got home and talked to my parents for a while, to my surprise they still hadn't noticed. I made a warm salt water rinse and retired to my room once again. The rinse really helped and made my tongue feel almost normal, other than that whole metal bar through my tongue thing.
Day Five - It is Getting Better
I woke up with quite a bit of swelling but not as much as previous days. Went through my daily routine an noticed that I'm playing with it much more than I did a few days ago. It doesn't hurt when I speak anymore but still is sore if I bend my tongue wrong, play with it, or eat. Speaking of which, eating has become easier but is still not the easiest thing to do. I still rinse every time I eat or smoke, because I can't afford to have it get infected. Better safe than sorry I guess?
Day 10 - Healed Finally!!!!
I woke up and it wasn't swelled a bit. I was told by Ruth that when you wake up and there is absolutely no swelling that it has healed, which has been the case for the past 3 days. I am now playing with it constantly and eating is not really that bad anymore. Its still a little odd but at least I can talk. My parents still haven't noticed and I'm wondering how long it will take them. The longer the better I guess.
Day 14 - Parental Units
I decided to make my parents notice it since its was the beginning of the week and figured that they would calm down enough by Friday that I would be able to go out with my friends. Well I was right, they flipped their shit tough. I refused to take it out even though they didn't give me a choice in the matter. I stood my ground and they realized that it was there and there was nothing they could do about it. They were pretty pissed for a few days but it eventually all blew over. My tongue feels great. I can talk and eat as good as before I got it done and don't have to rinse anymore which is quite a relief, yes it does get old after a week or so. I'm playing with it more than ever and loving every minute of it.
Its been 4 weeks and everything is great. I'm completely healed, basically I'm my old self with a new accessory. I will say that's probably the best 60 bucks I've ever spent. I'm thinking of going to a 10 gauge barbell but am still undecided. I really like the 12 gauge that they pierced me with so I think I might keep it in for a while longer. I considered going to a shorter barbell than the ¾ inch one I have, but decided against it since I'm having no problems with the one I have. Maybe in a few months, who knows?
Well that's it, my piercing experience. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at PsychoXIII@hotmail.com
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 May 1999
in Tongue Piercing