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Vertical madison (surface bar) - 2

This is a follow-up on this piece:


It describes me getting my madison piercing, and the first 3 weeks of healing. Since writing it, 2 months have passed, so I figured I would write an update. In the following, I am going to assume you have read part one.

So we are at day 29 of healing, and I've decided that no, I really can't be ignoring the troubles my madison has anymore. The redness around the holes hasn't left for days, has gotten more intense, and the whole area has started to hurt. Time for some action.

I didn't know much of inflamed piercing care as, untill then, I had never really had one. The most commonly recommended cure seemed to be sea salt soaks, so I tried that first. Mix a teaspoon of salt with a mug of hot water, so the result tastes like your tears. Check. Let it cool down enough, like, to the temperature you can let it flow over your wrist and not flinch from it. Check. Then put it in a cup or something and hold it over the piercing. Ch...hmm. Let's change that soaked bra first, and put it on a bit tighter next time, k? Ch...gggggg...hmm. I don't really want to choke on this either, now what do we do. Ah! We make compresses of disposable little towels, and put those around the piercing for, mwah, ten minutes?

I did that twice a day, for 2 or 3 days, and saw no improvement at all. I added a dose of Calendulan spray (70% alcohol with some homeopath approved ingredients added to it) to the soaking routine, which improved things slightly but not much.

It was then that I got the problem every woman runs into once a month on average. It really was a problem that month, my back hurt badly no matter what I did. It got so bad that my mum got me a painkiller, Aleve Feminax. It worked wonders for my back, and, as it turned out, for my madison as well. Aleve Feminax didn't merely kill pain, it fought infections too! I've taken it for two more days, and the painful angry red edges never came back. I have had a swelling (without red edges, oddly enough) a few times, but those would be gone within a day, and I could always pinpoint the reason for them. I had touched the piercing with dusty hands; I had worn a high-necked vest with the zipper resting exactly on the piercing; that kind of thing.

So, I lived happily ever after with my piercing, and that's the end of the story?

Not exactly.

I went into healing with a few assumptions. One of them was I would have perfectly round holes. I ended up with oval ones within a week, due to the high motion area the piercing was in. Especially the upper hole seemed very stretched. It took that one 7 more weeks to get healed to roundness again. That seemed like a long wait.

Another assumption was that, after the Big Itch, the chances of rejection would be reduced to zero. That the Big Itch somehow signalled: main incapsulating structures in place, we will be only finishing things up from now on. Everything is settled, don't worry anymore. That assumption was proven verrrry wrong. In the 8th week of healing, I noticed the 'legs' of the bar stuck out of my skin a ways even if I was looking ahead. Infection done with, I hadn't been paying much attention to my madison anymore, but now I started doing so again. Two weeks later, the legs stuck out even more. I became convinced my dear little piercing was rejecting, and I would have to take it out. Eleven weeks after getting it, I was back at Body Sign to tell Suzan and ask her to remove it. I never got to that latter question though. Suzan took one look at my neck, laughed, and said I simply needed different jewelry. Surface piercings get stuck under a certain layer of skin. Skin doesn't have the same thickness everywhere, so if one gets pierced with a standard sized titanium surface bar, it may fit perfectly at a wrist, but stick out pretty far from ones' neck.

If I hadn't worked myself up so badly over the thought of being forced to retire, I might have deduced this on my own. But theres disproven assumption number 3: I would be really, really upset if I would have to take out this little piece of trouble. It's not that I suddenly have developed a hatred of scars. It's the other feeling: I love the way it looks, even with the legs of the bar sticking out, and can't imagine myself without it anymore. It just...belongs. It's not a random little piece of titanium anymore, it's ME.

As I am writing this, it's been 13 weeks since getting pierced. I don't think the legs have gotten out more, but I'm not going to fret about it anymore. I can't do anything to stop rejection so worrying is senseless. I'm not reading any stories on surface piercings anymore, because every third one seems to have a bad ending, and another third will contain a warning about that bad ending. I have healed wrist piercings; I can heal this one too. Really can.

You see? I'm not fretting. Who's fretting?


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 25 Dec. 2006
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Suzn
Studio: Body+Sign
Location: Alkmaar%2C+the+Netherlands

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