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dear livejournal,

i am in need of a couple of things and thought you might be able to help.

a) one of two things: someone a bit taller than i am to come put tape on my ceiling, or, a taller step ladder.

b) those of you who have a conch piercing: basically, i just need another someone to tell me it's far more sensible to start with a bar, even though all i ever plan to wear later is a ring.

c) if anyone would like to hold my hand in a couple of weeks when i finally go do that, i'd be very appreciative.

Date: 2006-09-16 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh! I'll go watch you get pierced. :)

I'd do the tape thing too except we're about to go out the door to St Paul...

Date: 2006-09-16 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I personally believe that rings are better than bars for almost any piercing during the healing process. I like the look of bars better for nipples, eyebrows, and nose. (I had to look up conch to make sure it wasn't dirty!)

Date: 2006-09-17 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(I had to look up conch to make sure it wasn't dirty!)

doubt i'd ever be that brave. ;)

Date: 2006-09-16 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a conch piercing and I can tell you that a curved bar is the way to go until it heals. A ring would have to be really big and it'd be really easy to whack it and put pressure on it. At least with the curved bar it can tuck out of the way for sleeping and hats and talking on the phone.

Date: 2006-09-17 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks, hon. it's only tough because i don't really want a bar, but i know the faster it heals the happier i'll be.

Date: 2006-09-16 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm useless for A and B, but DUDE!
You're going on a date with my darling friend Suzanne! she is The Awesome!

Date: 2006-09-17 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you're quite right. i did go on a date with her, and she is definitely the awesome.

i suppose one of these times when i run into you i'll have to stop being shy and say hello again, huh?

Date: 2006-09-17 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Curved bar. All the way. No doubt about it.

The rational reason: Rings twist, flip, turn, and otherwise make life unhappy for a tender healing piercing. Conch piercings can cause grief during the healing process due to the thickness of the cartilage being pierced and the sensitivity of the area. Using a bar rather than a ring minimizes the movement of the jewelry, and also keeps the jewelry tucked out of the way of pillows, phones, and anything else that comes in contact with the side of your face and potentially causes irritation. Using a curved bar rather than a straight bar means that your ear becomes accustomed to the feeling of something curved, which means that you'll experience a faster and less painful adjustment to the ring when the time comes.

The personal reason: Dude, conch rings suck during healing! I had my conch pierced with a ring initially using the same rationale - that I like the look of rings better. Over the next 6 months, I had a seriously grumpy conch - redness, pain, swelling, basically everything short of an actual infection. The breaking point was when a huge ugly blister-like thing started forming at the edge of the piercing. I went back to the shop, had them switch the jewelry to a bar, and voila. The blister resolved, the piercing healed, and the day when it was healed fully and I ceremoniously switched back to a ring was a happy day indeed. :)

Date: 2006-09-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i am an EXCELLENT hand holder for the piercing.
yes i am.
here if you need me. :)

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