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DAY 1:

30 mins later – Quite sore at the moment. They are slightly closer together because my veins sit in the exact place ideal venoms would go, but they are still fab. Cost a bomb though. £70- literally two tongue piercings at £35 each @ Tattoo Inc in Kettering, Northants. Got ‘Easypierce Mouthwash Solution’ for aftercare…ice pops now.

8hrs later – Mega swollen now. Eat normally the piercer says… yeah right, cant move the food to the back to swallow or to the side to chew. Taken 20 mins to eat 5 bits of pasta. Ok its been 8 hrs since getting it done and my tongue has swollen to take the whole of the bars, its not too tight though. The bottom right almost hurts or is the most uncomfortable part but I’m thinking that’s because its the exit point. He pierced my left side from the bottom and the right from the top. So far all I’ve managed is 5 bits of pasta, half a yoghurt, small mug of slim fast and a small bowl of custard and have drank 5 bottles of water. I could talk and twist my tongue as normal for about 4 hours after having the piercing done but now using my tongue for anymore than general swallowing is really hard – not due to swelling but because its an open wound x2 and hurts a little. Poor wee thing is tender.

Its not weird having metal in my mouth like I thought it would be. I can’t feel them on the roof of my mouth despite all the swelling. I also can’t take ibuprofen as I’m allergic to it so its up to my body to sort this out. Am feeling a tiny bit bummed out because I’ve got a mouth full of tongue and I think the price is just mentally scarring me, discomfort just isn’t fun in any way shape or form. I like aftercare and stuff but swollen, tender tongues aren’t going in my book of ‘things I love.’

I can still talk and don’t have a lisp. I sound bunged up if anything. Have the dentist tomorrow so am expecting a lecture and severely disapproving mouth-prodding with various utensils to move the swollen mass out the way.

12 hrs Later – Almost 12 hrs old now and I’m getting use to the swelling and discomfort. Chilled water is a life saver. Also as soon as I rinsed my mouth with the mouth wash it felt a lot better. Expecting not to be able to talk for a while tomorrow after 8hrs of sleep and not using my tongue.


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DAY 2:


20hrs later – Its almost a day old. I’m pleased to say I woke up and there was no agony.  I mouth washed it, had a smoothie for breakfast and it actually feels better today. Not so angry at me. Think the swelling might have gone down a little too because my mouth doesn’t feel jam-packed. It hurt for the first 10mins after I had to talk straight from waking up without so much as a drink, but that quickly went and now its fine. Soup for dinner! Cancelled the dentist.

Only the front sides of my tongue are swollen now. I can talk almost normally except my ‘L’s are little tender. Chewing is still too difficult but I don’t feel half as bummed out… in fact my mood has lifted loads. I slept brilliantly and warm mouthwashes just make my tongue so happy.

I also have an electric tooth brush which my tongue seems to appreciate. Feels so nice on the back of the tongue. Might add just now that there is NO WAY IN HELL I’d have them done over two sessions. Tongue discomfort sucks. One hit and get it over with. The tip of my tongue, or more the entire area before the piercing is a bit… numb kind of like how it feels when you burn it. I can still taste with that bit but it’s very odd.

DAY 3:


I really want to eat a burger but that just isn’t going to happen for a while. I am eating the best I can and taking some vitamin tablets too. The swelling hasn’t really gone down much more. Tongue is looking pretty gross this morning, bit white and groggy. Might cut to one antibacterial mouth rinse in place of two and carry on swilling with water to see how that goes.

Front tongue area still feels sore and burnt and the right side twinges occasionally. Think its a little bruised too. Have a sore throat and a little cough developing.

Mood-wise the discomfort is still a day-ruiner, can’t wait for the swelling to go. I’m now convinced the piercings are not parallel – but naturally I’ll wait for the swelling to go before I get officially upset over that.

Been casually reading over a few more peoples’ experiences and quite a few people say the clamping will forever haunt them… well I thought they were quite comfy from what I can remember. No attempt to punch a clamp shape was made. He just firmly clamped. I haven’t had any bleeding and have yet to see lymph.

Tongue is still gross. I’m assuming its normal so nothing to worry about, possibly over cleaning the first 2 days. Gross means furry looking and discoloured a little. The left piercing hurt so much earlier. Not sure if some lymph caught and snagged or something but it really wasn’t a pleasant sensation. In all seriousness had I known the healing would be so miserable I don’t think I’d have got them done, but reading other peoples’ experiences isn’t really enough to appreciate. You have to do it yourself to find out why it’s so depressing.

I do still like them though and know when the swelling subsides and the twinges die off everything will be fine. Today I managed to chew up a bit of macaroni and cheese, tiny bits of pizza and had my mashed hot-dogs which were actually were quite nice, note to self not to eat mustard again for a while though. Stings.

At the moment ice water is my life line. Fortunately I’m a student with 2 essays to do for Christmas so have plenty of time to chill out and heal as well as be able to have lots of iced water. Don’t think it would be wise to get venoms if you cannot nurse them properly at all- these aren’t piercings you can just forget about. The swelling is depressing, the pain is sharp when you get it and the fact you sound a little bit dim when you talk just doesn’t make for a nice happy, sociable person.

Tomorrow I’m hoping for a slight reduction in swelling. I find the tongue swells up more towards this time (9pm) making eating and taking just not worth the effort.

Might just get my electric tooth brush and buzz my tongue for a bit, see if we can de-gross it before bed. It’s nearing midnight, soon be onto day four. It just occurred to me also whilst reading other peoples’ diaries that they were in a lot of pain when they woke up or had to pop painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine. I’ve not experienced pain worse enough or long enough to need to take anything yet, apart from the mustard incident that just needed a lot of water.

Eating spicy foods and stuff is easily solved by chewing a tiny bit and helping it down with iced water. Its also mega annoying that little bits of food seem to cling to the bars, or managed to stick right in between the two piercings so you cant get to it or swallow it; water water water… drink with your meals and they will go a lot smoother…

I think the lack of pain killers and the fact I can’t take any ibuprofen is good as my body can sort this out on its own, but even with the start of the initial piercing its been pretty painless. It seems my left piercing is the one that’s going to play up the most. First pierced and done bottom up. The top is sore all around it, and very tender.


DAY 4:


Swelling pretty much the same. Woke up with a naturally dry tongue hence the tiny, short lived pain of it waking up. Still groggy (white and furry). Front area doesn’t feel so ‘burnt’ today, just a tiny bit numb. I can flex my tongue a little more as well so perhaps the swelling has gone down a little. I can’t remember what it feels like to have a normal sized tongue or a tongue without teeth imprinted on the sides… or one that’s not gross and white for that matter!

I know I’ll be able to dexterously move my tongue around when its all healed up as I could still roll my tongue and stuff 4hrs previous to the swelling so that’s cool. Mood wise – about the same. Once I get talking at length my tongue will get a grip and the uncomfortable feeling won’t bother me so much. My ‘L’s aren’t tender anymore, aside from in the evening when it swells up a little more. Its just my ‘T’s and ‘D’s now because of the tongue clumsily fumbling the roof of my mouth to say them.

Starting to think those with healed venoms should get an award or something for perseverance! Today it is so itchy. All of a sudden it’s started to itch. Its still swollen, still indented with my entire mouth full of teeth and now, now it’s itching. My tongue just feels like its begging me to take the bars out. I managed to find some marshmallows, so they will see me through the hunger and the horrid itchy feeling. I’m also sick to death of drinking water.

DAY 5:


Swelling of the tongue affects the brain. I can bend my tongue so much more than I could yesterday, it just doesn’t visibly look less swollen. Still got the itch every now and again. I have 3 days left before my piercer was planning to change the bars down, we’ll see. I doubt its going to happen.

Q- Does my tongue look fat in this?

A- Yes.

I want a normal tongue and a burger! I bet food will taste amazing once this is all healed, on the basis that you whack the tiny bits of food straight on your molars and only taste it on the back 3rd of the tongue. That and taste is mostly down to smell and you’re ripping up tiny bits of food and practically swallowing them whole so you don’t even get the benefit of smell!


DAY 6:


I am eating fine, just grouchy and the swelling is annoying. I do not drink and I do not smoke. Most fruit juices and smoothies are also overly high in sugar and naturally acidic, which at this stage I don’t want near me tongue because it still hurts.

I’m eating sandwiches, steamed vegetables, vegetable burgers, scrambled eggs, soups, sausages and mashed potatoes. It just takes a life time to eat them. I’m also taking some vitamin  tablets with emphasis on vitamin B and A-C complexes and magnesium to aid in healing, cell renewal and immune boosting. I’m not sure I would recommend meal replacement shakes whilst healing on the basis of reduced calorie intake and empty calories. Don’t want to be messing with my blood sugar at this stage. It’s better to eat a bowl of whatever you like to eat over 2hrs than synthesized, high sugar drinks.

Also I am drinking 2.5 liters of water a day, one bottle being sparkling to make a change, scratch my tongue for me and to add a bit more potassium to my diet. The swelling has gone down! Hurray. It still is a bit ‘painful’ or more of a dull ache when I wake up. I’m not sure I’ll be able to downsize tomorrow though. Think it might be about 10 days before that’s realistic. The grossness is under control, the breath is still a killer. My tongue flexes a lot better but I still cannot roll it.

The right piercing is now playing up more and is still itchy. The right is pierced more at an angle due to me veins, the left is straight, but both have been pierced at the same point of entry at the top of the tongue as marked up.

Toasted muffin for breakfast today!

DAY 7:


Well its the supposed downsize day and I’m not so sure. haven’t gone in yet, only just got up. The right side still twinges and aches, starting to get a bit of scarring buildup around the bottom of the right one too, might explain why its a little more tender. In the mirror with my tongue relaxed it still looks swollen, if I flatten my tongue its gone down and you can see a fair amount of the bar, I can just about roll it and flex it fine, although I still think it needs a few more days.

I’ve swilled and lovingly cleaned and checked the bottom of the right piercing and as long as I don’t catch it at a funny angle it’s happy. Still a tiny bit gross. Was a lot easier to eat this morning, just difficult because there are two balls and bars in the way (and the right one hurts a little). I’m too tired to go into town today to get it checked and possibly downsized.

Might wait and see what happens between now and Friday because my tongue is not flat and even yet.


DAY 8:


Not sure what to do about them not being level. They just don’t look even to me. They really aren’t. It also doesn’t help that the right one is pierced on an angle. I’m hoping that once they are downsized the shorter length will pull them more inline and not emphasize the difference. Think I’ll pop in today and ask him about it. Surely if he was a decent piercer he would be upset about it and WANT to do something about it…right?

Today they hardly hurt at all. Just the odd ache here and there. Swelling has almost gone, eating is a lot easier.

It’s only a tiny bit unlevel and made worse by the angle, however with my now DOWNSIZED BARS its hardly noticeable at all! I speak perfectly normal now, and even bit into a sandwich! I LOVE THEM!

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My Summary of Venom Piercings:

• They can be very expensive!
• They will make you feel depressive.
• You might or might not require the aid of painkillers…
• Iced water is a godsend.
• You will have nasty breath and a gross white tongue for a while.
• You’ll sound like you have a cold when you talk.
• Eating is okay as long as its tiny bits and chewed on the back molars.
• Decent sleep helps lift your mood (surprise!)
• The piercing clamps didn’t hurt me.
• They are not something to get done on a whim.
• They are not something to get done if you cannot have iced water/ aftercare stuff on tap 24/7.
• Cleaning to much is easily done. I was told up to 3 times a day with the mouthwash. I scrapped that day 3 and just used a weak salt water solution.
• Sipping water throughout meals really helps.
• You learn to appreciate how much you rely on your tongue for so much; swallowing, talking, chewing, coughing, sneezing even straining to pick something up!
• You suddenly have an urge to eat thick steaks and burgers!

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