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How do you know when its time to retire?
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October 14, 2012
3:09 pm
Roeroe92
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I've had my nose pierced for 11 years. It is my favorite piercing and I hate having to take it out every friday for a few hours so I can get my clinical hours done for nursing school. 

I'm starting to think it might be time to retire it just because of the work I am going into. Most employers wont and don't allow for visible piercings/tattoos. 

I just don't know what to do. 

How do you know when its time to retire a piercing?

October 14, 2012
8:50 pm
DutchessOfNill
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For me, I retire piercings when I feel like they no longer serve a purpose to me.  It's hard to explain my emotional attachment to my piercings, but if I take them out for more than a few hours I begin to feel uncomfortable and sort of uneasy (I think that's the best way to explain it).  Personally, if I took out a piercing for a job, or anything, it would take a lot of consideration knowing how emotionally I invest myself to them.

 

If you feel that retiring your nostril piercing is right for you and you are comfortable doing it, by all means do what you feel.  But if you feel that you are doing it because of pressure to do so, perhaps you should think twice, and consider a clear or flesh colored retainer.

October 14, 2012
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KristenAtkinson0
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I have retired piercings for jobs before. It's not something I like doing, but unless you get into an industry that allows piercings, sometimes it has to be done. If I get the job I'm applying for now, I'll have to take out my vertical labret. It's not a piercing I want to get rid of, but to keep a job, I'll do it.

October 15, 2012
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Roeroe92
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@ Chyvonna, I am having a very difficult time with this because it is my first piercing (besides ears) and I'm totally in love with it. I never have a problem with it unless I have to try to put in a retainer or stud that is too big. I just realized yesterday that mine is a 22 gauge and that's why everything is too big. It's so hard to find anything in a 22 gauge here and I only have 1 stud for my nose. I know that eventually i'll have to let it close up because of my job.. But i'm delaying that as long as possible. 

October 15, 2012
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22g?  Oh my golly.  I didn't even know anyone made a nose stud so small. 

 

Have you considered stretching?  Also, have you spoken with your clinical director about possibly placing a small band aid over your piercing during clinicals.  I know a few people who have done it during initial healing periods at the college I attended and perhaps, if you are willing to stretch to a more common size to obtain a retainer, the band aid would obscure your piercing long enough to do so.

October 15, 2012
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Roeroe92
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I was going to try to stretch it yesterday and got so far as to put the 20gauge in my nose. It gave me an awful migraine and after nothing helped the pain i just took it out and put my smaller one back in. 

20 gauge seems kinda big to me and around here they don't even have 20's available that often… and I wouldn't want to go to an 18 gauge. I don't know. I suppose I will just take it out and let it heal. I can't even take it out for a clinical day (6:45am to 1pm) without it starting to close up. 

October 16, 2012
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I suggest you take it out until your schedule allows for it.  A fully healed piercing won't just "heal up" or "disappear"… you have tiny tube of healed skin going through your nose that will shrink but will not heal back together unless it is damaged.  So, as to not irritate or damage the piercing, just leave it alone until you have the time to wear it.  I have nostril piercings on both sides of my nose along with 2 lip piercings ('snake bites') and I don't wear them on a daily basis anymore.  I put them in for concerts or parties or vacation or a date night. 

    My guess is you could fight your administration for the right to cover the piercing, but to me it feels like defeating part of the point of having it in the first place.  I think of all my jewelry as here and now.  I have hundreds of pieces of jewelry I wear or have worn at different times in my life.  I even take off my diamond ring when I cook certain foods.  Maybe this is emotional and a challenge for you because it is a symbol of your first freedom as a individual.  Maybe it is a symbol of easier times.  Maybe it serves as a reminder of many things. 

    How about a NEW piercing!!!  Consider getting a more mature piercing like nipples or a genital piercing.  Your sweet nose piercing will leave you with a tiny little spot on your face calling "put me back in" when you can afford the time and freedom.  Let me know if I can answer any questions about specific genital piercings. 

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October 16, 2012
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I agree nostril piercings can often stay open for years after jewellery has been removed. As for jewellery, you have the internet, so the world is your oyster!

 

When you start as a nurse people may feel more able to complain or that things must be done by the book. That can change over time when you are valued for your skills and experience.

 

On the question of retiring, it's hard to quantify for me. When it feels right really. Often this is when the downsides of a certain piercing outweigh the positives.

For example i recently retired my vertical lowbret and wide vertical lowbret (massater) piercings as they kept flaring up and swelling occasionally. They'd not fully healed after a couple of years, and i felt the need to not be healing for a while. It was sad, but i'm glad i did it.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
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