The story of my belly piercing
LET ME START OFF BY SAYING THAT I DO NOT PROMOTE DIY PIERCING.
Back when I was 15 and stupid, I thought it would be a smart idea to pierce my belly button- not professionally of course, but by myself.
I used a safety pin that I fooled myself into thinking that I had sterilized it.
Once I had managed to pierce it after a few painful hours of slowly trying to do it, I bled about 3 litres blood and almost passed out.
I kept the safety pin in there for about a week, and it quickly became infected and looked as if it were rejecting - so I took it out.
As you can see from this photo- that little scar next to the top ball is where I had first pierced it, I’m almost 18 years old and I still have this scar.
After that I would re-pierce it all the time and not insert any jewellery, because I didn’t own any proper bars.
It got to a point where I was dared to do it at school and someone had bought me the jewellery if I managed to not pussy out, mind you the jewellery wasn’t even a long bar for swelling. So I did it, after icing my stomach for an hour, I pierced it and bled everywhere. Of course the bar didn’t fit, It was too big for such a small hole. So I put in this copper wire - not even remembering that I have sensitive skin and am allergic to anything that isn’t pure metals. After I had stretched it with the wire I put in a small lip bar. Yes, a lip bar. It quickly got infected, and the hole swelled over the bar and sealed it with the infection. For obvious reasons- I panicked. I couldn’t get the bar out, and my whole stomach broke out into a red itching and oozing rash. I went to my school nurse and asked her to remove it, she couldnt because the hole had swallowed up the whole bar. She said that I’d have to get it surgically removed or else I’d go septic. I went back to class and tried to clean out the infection and cut down to where the bar was and I and blood came pouring out, excusing myself from class I ran back to the nurse and she put on her gloves and yanked it out the opposite way (ball part was pulled through through the whole piercing). She gave me wipes and referred me to a doctor, I was excited. I put in the actual navel jewellery, that was too short for swelling, and left it in there. The infection quickly subsided after days of carefully looking after it and cleaning it.
All I have to prove from this story, are some nice abscesses, a wonky belly ring, and a mint scar.
Don’t do this at home please, don’t be stupid 15 year-old me.