A while back I asked about how to re-pierce my ears, I got a lot of advice and I wanted to report back on what I ended up doing. At the time I wask asking about this Seattle was still difficult to drive around because of the snow (our city has like three snow plows) so I went to the only local place I could find, Lady Luck Body Piercing. The person there was friendly and helpful. She first threaded something like a needle through my rapidly closing up holes, then slid in some small-ish gauge body piercing hoops (all the shop sold). I won’t lie, that part hurt a lot. She instructed me to soak them in saline each night, and any time during the day when they were feeling dry. No twisting or pulling the hoops back and forth. She recommended buying a bottle of saline from the drugstore, it’s sold in with contact cleaning solution (I was warned against substituting contact cleaning solution). I carried a little bottle of saline and some Q-tips with me for a while, and at night used cotton pads.
It hurt at first to sleep lying on my side, but felt better after about a week. After two weeks I was allowed to take them out, but I think I left them in for three. After that I bought some all silver hoops from Target, they were the kind recommended in the previous thread — thin hoops that are a little tube, and the post of the earring fits into the end of the tube so that there are no sharp bit sticking out and are comfortable to sleep in. I struggled to get on a small pair of hoops and wore those until a few weeks before the wedding because I was frightened of my holes closing up if I slept without earrings in and then, the horror!, not being able to wear my wedding earrings.
Since then I have not been wearing earrings unless I’m going out, so I’ve been sleeping and spending whole days without them in and so far it doesn’t seem like my holes are going to close up. Now I think I just have to stick to silver (or gold) earring posts and I’ll live happily ever after.