The earrings catastrophe (or how I learned of my metal allergy)
The first time I had my ears pierced, I did it because everyone else had their ears pierced. I selected the studs—sterling silver—and in they went! My ears were pieced in a mall1 at Claire’s, and I was excited.
Whilst wearing the studs and following the instructions of keeping my piercings healthy, the first week was fine. However, my ears became swollen. My mom decided we instead try gold earrings, so we did. They were 24kt. and, similarly to the studs, plain and boring.
Fast forward a few weeks [or maybe months?], and my ears became so swollen my mom broke out the scissors. The left stud came off with no harm, but the right stud required more effort. Eventually, we got it, but in the process, my right ear was cut and jabbed a few times. My hearing in my right ear is a little impaired, and if you feel along the edge, you can still feel the ridges. Apparently, whatever part of the body it is called that is between the skin never grows back! #battlescars
Several years later, I wanted to try earrings again. This time, they were pierced at a Walmart. This time, we used nickel-free, hypoallergenic studs.
These didn’t work, either. My ears became red and puffy, and they bled against the studs, which became more and more difficult to turn. My mom and I decided it was best to just go ahead and remove them; earrings simply wouldn’t work for me.
Circa 2005 or 2006, I realised I could “pierce” my own ears with a former stud; the holes were still intact to a particular point—the outside layer of skin was all that had grown over. I did, but my ears itched constantly thereafter and I stopped.
Now, I am prone to ear infections and have a history of “passed” hearing tests, if only because I faked most of them…like those ridiculous reflex tests doctors do to your knees, which are allegedly supposed to force your knee up itself, but the last several times I have had to do them, I had to force my knee up myself. Doctors aren’t super nice to autistics, and they also want to cure the Deaf/hearing impaired most of the time.
My ears still look slightly pierced, my right ear more so than my left.
- Town East Mall is what I feel like it was. ↩