Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Earring Incident

Heads up, there will be NO pictures in this post as it was a disgusting, horrifying event in which no photo evidence is needed or desired.

Ok, so I love earrings. The 15 piercings in my ear and collection of about 200 pairs of earrings attest to the fact that I <3 earrings in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

My most recent piercing (#'s 14 and 15) were acquired last May, and have struggled in the healing process. Partly because they are a cartilage piercing, which naturally take longer to heal, but also partly because the woman did a crappy job of it an angled them funny which makes it difficult to get earrings in and out. Because of this I leave the original piercing earrings in those holes the majority of the the time. To help you better understand my story, the earring in question looks like this: 

Which leads us to this morning:

I had just woken up this morning and was sitting on the couch fiddling with my earrings. I always make sure I twist the newest ones in the morning to promote healing. Once I had twisted the left one, I moved on to the right when... what the hell? Where is it? At first I thought that it had just fallen out while I was sleeping, but then I noticed that the back was still there... and the back was still attached to the post... um, ok, where is the actual ball then?

I rushed in the bathroom to look in the mirror and discovered that the ball was INSIDE my ear. Like between the layers of the ear STUCK inside. I will spare you the gory details, but I had to push the metal ball part our of my ear before I could get it out. It was gross, painful and creepy to watch that occur. And my ear is killing me now... and I'm still grossed out... and I'm really scared to put an earring back in there because it will probably hurt a lot, but I can't leave it out because if it heals right now, there will be this huge funky hole/bubble in my ear which would NOT be attractive. 

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