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Industrial Confusion

getting my tattoo over the summer, I decided I was ready to move on to a piercing. The tattoo looked nice, had no problem healing, so I figured "Why not?!" But I didn't want just the simple ring in my ear or eyebrow, and I didn't want to go quite as extreme as labret or tongue. My friend has plugs in her ears, and although they look really cool, I don't think my body would ever forgive me if I did that to it! So I finally decided on the Industrial. It looked cool, rather simple, and I had only seen 2 other people at my school with them. There was worse things I could do to my body. A new piercing and tattoo place had just recently opened in my little hick town way up here in Upstate NY, so I decided to check it out. The shop, Alchemistress, seemed pretty cool, and I talked to some people who got pierced there. They didn't really have any problems. I was a little hesitant at first because the shop hadn't been open for very long, but I figured I had to give them the benefit of the doubt. Plus the only other place to get pierced is about an hour away, and with no car I didn't see myself getting there anytime soon in the conceivable future. I couldn't pass up the price at a low $30.00! And that even included the earrings! So I decided to go for it. Everything was fine at first. I was to get two piercings, each with a ring. I would then go back in a week to order the barbell becuase they didn't keep them on stock. I guess this piercing is that rare. Once the piercings had a chance to heal, then they would insert the barbell. I remember sitting there waiting for the guy to pierce my ear. I was nervous, but it wasn't too bad. A few butterflies. I told him not to tell me when he was going to do it, because that would have just made the anxiety even worse! Neither piercing hurt that much; it was more pressure on my ear than actual pain. But I did start to bleed, and it didn't want to stop! It even ran down the side of my face and onto my pants, kaki's of course! My grandmother is a hemophiliac, but I didn't think that it would be a problem. The piercer told me that he had never seen so much blood, even with all his piercings combined! He even asked me if I had imbibed a few drinks before I stopped by the shop. But he didn't sound all that concerned about the amount of blood, so I didn't give it much thought. I'm strange anyway, so I figured this was my body acting as normal for me! I splashed some cold water on my pants, thanked the piercer for his time, and headed home. I thought it would be easy to sleep on only one side, but boy was I wrong! I wanted so badly to lay on my left side, but it just wasn't to be. I think this dilemma caused me more distress than the actual piercings! I got up the next morning, admiring my piercings in the mirror, when I spotted a dark spot in my ear. I investigated and lo and behold, the entire inside of my ear was covered in a crust of dried blood. And I'm not talking just a thin layer, but huge chunks! I cleaned it all up with a little soap and water, and used some peroxide to hopefully get rid of any infection before it started. I then rubbed a little triple antibiotic ointment on the two holes in my ear, and went on my merry way. I had to clean it again that afternoon, because it bled some more, and the peroxide really fizzed that time. It has now been 2 days since I got my piercings, and I'm a little concerned. They have bled on several occassions and leak blood if I happen to graze them with a sheet, shirt, or other such object. I also noticed that my ear is slightly purple in between the two rings and is quite sore to the touch. Hopefully it is just bruising. My friend has the same piercing and she told me that mine didn't look normal. She said that hers healed rather quickly, and hardly bled at all. I went to the doctor today and they gave me some antibiotics to take for a week. I'm just hoping that they start to heal, and that I don't get an infection. I don't want to have to take my rings out! That would defeat the whole purpose of getting them in the first place. I guess I'll just have to wait and see how they are doing in a week, a month, a year. Whenever they decide to heal! If anyone has any feedback, please feel free to e-mail me.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 20 Sept. 1999
in Ear Piercing

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Studio: Alchemistress
Location: Upstate+NY

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