Tuesday, June 2, 2009

To Pierce.......or not to pierce?

A couple of weekends ago I headed out of town with my BFF to visit Mary for a girls weekend. We had barely arrived and Joanne told me they had something special planned.......I thought right away......we are going for a pedicure! Yuck. I don't like the idea of someone touching my feet. I have never had one done, but it just doesn't appeal to me. Both Mary and Joanne broke out into hysterical laughter and told me that wasn't the plan. Instead, she wanted to get a third ear piercing in the upper part of her ear....and she wanted me to join in. I willingly agreed to join them. I thought it would be fun..............read on to find out how it went.

Here is our before photo. We all look happy and excited to embark on this new adventure. We all exposed our ear in the photo so that we could do a shot after the piercing to show the difference before and after.

Mary and Joanne are filling out the forms, which were very long and required many initials and signatures.

This is Sam. She is the girl that was going to do the proceedure. She kept telling me that she didn't want to have her photo taken, but I am a scrapbooker and I needed a photo of her for the layout I am planning to do on this experience. Besides, I noticed that she had 3 piercings in each ear and it gave me some peace of mind to know that she had done this 6 times.......therefore I figured it couldn't be that bad.

Joanne, Mary and I all decided to get the 3mm 14kt white gold earing. The excitement was building and I had butterflies in my stomach.

Joanne went first. She did great. She was calm and cool. She didn't even flinch when they shot the gun and the earing flew through her ear.

Next it was Mary's turn. She was also very relaxed. We were not allowed to take photos during the piercing. I am not sure why, but we did respect Sam's wishes.

Finally it was my turn. I hopped up in the chair and posed for a few photos while Sam prepared the tools. She place the little dot on my ear with a marker so we could make sure it was going to be where I wanted it. Mary and Joanne seemed fine with the placement and then.................WHAM! She rammed the earing through me ear and I couldn't believe how much it hurt. Joanne and Mary had totally fooled me into thinking that it wouldn't hurt at all. They sat in the chair so calmly when it was their turn.

If you go back to our before photo you will notice that I had exposed my right ear for the piercing. In all the anticipation of the piercing, I ended up getting the wrong ear done. I just followed Joanne and Mary and did exactly what they did. Can you believe it.......I ended up piercing the wrong ear. Oh well, there was no way I was going to do it over again.

After our visit to the mall we hit the road for our 3 hour drive home. My ear throbbed the entire time. It was red and felt very hot. Every couple of minutes I would get this sharp pain that felt like the piercing all over again. This was actually very tolorable compared to the pain I would later experince when trying to sleep. I think I woke up every 5 minutes when I rolled over onto the pierced ear.

Almost a week later I am finally able to lay on that ear, only if I find the perfect spot. It looks like I might survive the whole ordeal afterall.

A good friend made me a special card when she heard about the experience. I am not feeling the love....but I do love the card!


  1. that is awesome, what a great way to remember and honour your friendships,

  2. Oh my gosh I laughed all the way through this post! I was re-living the entire thing and I was dying with laughter! I feel like our ear piercing was an initiation into a gang or something -- we could be called the 'Three Sistas'! (lol)

  3. bwahahahahaha, I'm glad you like the card....thats about as loving as this girl gets!!!

  4. You are too funny Carolyn!! I loved the story and pics.
    Anne Marie S

  5. You are far braver than I. Just the thought makes me cringe.
    Love the card!

  6. That is a great story- what a bonding experience!

  7. ok i totally laughed, but i feel your pain at the same time!!!