MRI, piercings and Captain Jack Sparrow

I can't believe it's been 12 days since my last blog post, I'm ashamed. I haven't been up to anything special, but it's been a wonderful two weeks indeed. Last week I was unfortunately suffering from an excruciating headache for several days, and so I've been feeling both dizzy and nauseous again. Frustrating, but somehow I think I'm beginning to get used to it.. How sad isn't that?

I've back at the hospital for the MRI since the last time I wrote anything, but I don't have any results to share as of yet. Maybe in a couple of weeks. Having the MRI was an unusual experience. It was interesting, loud and noisy, fun and a bit claustrophobic. Not that I'm claustrophobic, but I do understand how some people freak out while inside the machine. The radiologist was very nice, and I had no problem staying still for the duration of the examination. In a way I'm hoping that the results will confirm a stroke, since that would explain why I suddenly got sick last fall - but on the other hand I think knowing that I actually had a stroke at 31 would be terrifying. No need to worry yet, I'll have to hear what the neurologist has to say first.

Apart from that I've been very effective lately. Since I had to remove my piercings before the MRI, I decided to take the opportunity to have the jewelery in my two most recent piercings changed and fitted. I was a little worried since my tragus seemed pretty unhealed still, but it turned out just fine. Now I'm wearing a standard 16g 8mm labret in my tragus, and a 14g 6mm labret in my lobe. The plan is still to exchange the labret for a tiny little ring, but I'll leave it alone until it's fully healed now that I'm wearing the correct size of jewelery. The following day, Thursday, I went back to the hairdresser. It feels like I was just there, but when I checked my calendar it turns out it's been almost three months already! I kept to the same style as last time, with undercuts and all, but this time I wanted it even shorter. I'm absolutely loving it, and I plan on keeping it like this for a while with minor tweaks only.

We even tried to attend the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in 3D, but apparently someone didn't want us to watch it and we had to go home without having taken part in the latest escapades of Captain Jack Sparrow. Sadface! After waiting for good news for about 30 minutes we were all told they were unable to start the movie, so they issued two free tickets for everyone present. Quite neat actually. We went back the next day and watched the movie successfully. I'm not sure whether or not I like this 3D business, I need time to adjust my eyes to the weirdness, but I liked the movie. I did miss William Turner and Elizabeth Swann though, but the mermaids were awesome. Somewhere in between everything I've mentioned above was Constitution Day, which we spent pretty much the same way as last year.

Did I say that nothing much has happened? Seems like I've been up to quite a lot!


Tragus piercing

Piercing: Tragus and LobeI don't know if you remember me talking about getting another piercing? I wanted to pierce my tragus, but decided to wait until my helix had healed properly before forcing my body to work overtime on healing several wounds at the same time. Now, I finally decided that my helix had healed enough since it's been a little more than 8 months, so at 5:30 PM I had another appointment at Ragnaråkk.

So today I got my tragus, and I love it! I'll be honest and say that it hurt like a [insert word] when she pushed the needle through, a lot worse than the helix. At the moment I'm wearing a regular labret, but I'll go back and change it into a ring when it's healed after about 6-8 weeks. It's a 16 gauge (1.2mm) as opposed to my other ones which are 14 gauge (1.6mm). I feel kinda stupid because I managed to forget - how's that even possible? - to tell her what sizes I wanted, but it seems like it worked out perfectly anyway.

You might also notice that I have another new piercing? I decided to get a third and last hole in my right lobe. I know it looks kinda messy at the moment, but it'll look better once they're all healed, and I can change my jewelery into something less generic and more ..matching? My plan is to have identical rings in the second and third hole of my lobe, and something special in the first. I'll change my helix jewelery into a ring or a straight barbell, and then wear a tiny ring in my tragus.

And with those two piercings I'm all done. Wink

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


.. with a cherry on top!

Lobe PiercingI've been a little sneaky lately, because at 5:30 PM today I got my second piercing! This time I chose to get my right lobe pierced, and with a super cute little cherry. I did plan on getting a 16 gauge (1.2mm) once again, but ended up with another 14 gauge (1.6mm). Details, details. I love my little cherry! I was a little unsure whether or not I should get a tragus, but I decided to wait until my first cartilage piercing has healed completely.

No pain this time around either. Of course it was a little uncomfortable when she poked me with a 1.6mm needle, but no worse than.. I dunno, not bad at all.

So if you're in Trondheim and in search of a parlor you can get pierced, I can absolutely recommend visiting Ragnaråkk! Grin


Helix piercing: day 17

BJS Piercing Jewelry: RingsI was kinda planning on writing another little piece about my piercing on Monday, since the 28th was two weeks since I was pierced, but I forgot all about it. I still haven't experienced any swelling, redness, tenderness or pain, but the other day it had bled a tiny bit. I suspect it was because I had a little accident while washing my hair. The piercing got a tug, and it hurt quite a bit for a few minutes. I just hope it won't cause any scarring. I'll probably stop by Ragnaråkk on Monday to have my bar changed into a shorter one. I think it'll be more convenient for Paris. We'll see!

Yesterday I got my last order of piercing jewelry. I ordered two circular barbells, one captive ball ring and a super cute cuff. Each piece is in 316L Surgical Steel and .925 Sterling Silver, and I adore all of them. The cuff has several heart cutouts all over, and I bought it to see if I could change the bar into a 14 gauge instead of the 16 gauge it comes with. It's so darling cute and I'm dying to wear it, so I hope it's doable. Unfortunately I now have two of the circular barbell with the dragon head (the first one I ordered in 16 gauge, and the second one in 14 gauge), it's brand new and hasn't been taken out of its plastic bag. If you're interested in taking the 16 gauge off my hands, then drop me a comment!

This first-time-piercing-experience has been fantastic. Maybe I should knock on wood. It's not healed yet by far, but none of the things I was dreading has happened. I do miss sleeping on my right side at night, but I'll manage and it'll be a lot better once I change the bar into a ring. And even though I'm really not a piercing-kind-of-person I might just get another in the same ear after the first one has healed completely.