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    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    Stretching Is Important

    In more ways than one.

    First, I'm trying to stretch my lobes from a 2 to a 0. Ryan says it's a big jump, and it's taking me a lot longer than my previous stretches have taken. I think part of the problem is I'm using 0 gauge spirals as tapers, where in the past I've used talons. The way the spirals are designed, I'll never get them all the way through (which is how I could tell before that the holes were ready for tunnels). Also, the 0s are so much bigger than my 2s that I'm afraid the guy accidentally sent me 00s. It's a slow process, and my ears sting after I've pushed the spiral in as far as it can go, then worn them around the house for a couple of hours. I've thought about finding a shop and having them do it, but at the same time, I don't want to damage the lobe and then have to heal it again. That's what happened when I went from an 8 to a 6 - I told the girl at the shop I'd been an 8 much longer than I had, but my ear wasn't really ready and ended up getting a little infected. It was partially because this was when the ice storm hit over winter break, and I didn't have any clean, hot water to wash them with. It was also partially because I wouldn't stop playing with them.

    Now, I get so dirty at my job that I want to be able to take my plugs out and wash them every night. I don't want sweat and dust and whatever else settling in around them - gross. But if I stretch to the point they actually need to heal, I won't be able to take them out for a couple of weeks at least. So slow and steady I go.

    Also, with the job - I need to be more diligent about stretching. Some days I do a yoga video before I go in, and those days I hurt the least both while I'm working, and when I get up the next day. But I don't like doing yoga (even the really low-impact kind I have on the video) right after I've eaten, and I like to eat pretty close to when I go to work, so I often skip it. The video I have actually has three different twenty minute routines - one for when you wake up, one for "stress relief", and one for before bed. The perfect thing for me would be to come home, shower, then do the PM routine. I know it would protect me from injury and would make me feel a helluva lot less stiff in the morning, but I never do it. Instead, I play on the computer or read, and generally get to sleep around 6am. I will do better! Starting tonight, I will do yoga before I go to bed (if not the video, then at least the move where I lay on my back with my legs running straight up the wall for a couple of minutes). I will!

    1 Comments:

    Blogger gutter slut said...

    when i went from 8 to 0, it wasn't that bad, it only took two days...and there was little pain involved. maybe your trying to stretch to a 00. but you know any bigger then a 0 and some pple can't go back. not to say it won't shrink...but you'll have saggy old lady lobes. so maybe you should check to make sure it's a 0 and not a 00. unless you want to go to a 00...and i say DO IT!!

    11:03 AM  

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