I've had a few piercings in my life. I've had a total of six* holes poked in to my ears over the years, of which two remain functional. I also wore a nose ring for a while, in 1997-8. I took it out when I went job-searching in the corporate world. Sometimes I miss the nose ring, but then I recall having to do nostril maintenance with a Q-tip and the nostalgia fades.
If piercing makes you squeamish, you may wish to stop reading now.
I have always avoided heavy earrings because over time they can pull a neat pierced hole into a long, stretched-out slit. I have been careful to maintain my piercings. In fact, I have one pair of earrings with slightly thicker-than-average posts, and I sometimes need to use a little hand cream to get them in.
I mentioned a while back that Ken took me to a fancy jewellery store on Boxing Day. Well, there were some very pretty earrings there that had thick posts. I wanted to try them on, plus there was a salesperson who was very eager to see me fall in love with them.
I couldn't get them to go in, so I asked the sales guy if he could find a drop of hand cream. He produced some that they normally use to get tight rings off of ladies' fingers. I lubed up the earring, but no matter how I wiggled it and pushed it, it wouldn't go into my ear.
The sales guy wasn't willing to give up so easily. He asked if he could give it a try, and I made the mistake of allowing him to do so. He pushed and shoved that earring so forcefully that I had to ask him to stop because he was hurting me. And thusly, my right ear was injured.
I have been having trouble with that ear ever since. Miraculously it never got infected, but it got to the point where the injured area would heal shut overnight and I would have to basically re-pierce my ear every morning when I put my earrings in. Very, very uncool. Also, OW.
So I've stuck a pair of simple, silver studs into my ears and I'm going to simply leave them in until March. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for a fresh piercing to heal. It's a shame, because I enjoy my earring collection and always match my ear jewellery to my outfit. Oh well. Silver goes with everything. I should have both ears back in working order in time for spring, when hats and hoods come off, so that'll be good timing.
Also, I think I'm going to start wearing heavy earrings every once in a while, and stretch out those holes a little, so I can avoid having to deal with this situation again.
Do you have any piercings?
*I had my ears pierced for the first time when I was 8 (2 holes), but I didn't take proper care of my earlobes, and eventually the holes grew over. I had my ears pierced again when I was 16 (+2 = 4 holes). When I was in university I had one extra hole pierced in my left ear way up near the top corner, through the cartilage (+1 = 5), but that one didn't heal well so I let it close over. I had another extra hole pierced in my left earlobe (+1 = 6), but wearing an asymmetrical third earring went out of style after the '90's, so in the end that one closed over too.