When I had first decided that I wanted to pierce my nose, I had envisioned a hoop. When I finally went to actually have the hole put in my nose, I ended up with a little silver stud. I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know that I could have asked for a hoop right off the bat. For some reason I ASSUMED that I had to get the stud before I could replace it with another style of jewelry. While I was standing in the piercing shop, and admiring my nose bling post-pierce, I happened to mention that I eventually wanted a hoop. This is how I learned that this was one of the first things I should have told the piercer, because it would have changed the spot where he actually pierced my nose. D'oh. My piercing wasn't exactly ideal for a hoop. I decided I could live with the stud.
One thing you may not know about me is that I'm impatient. When I set my mind to something, I want to do it NOW. I tend not to think things through very well when my brain gets to that stage. So when the small hoops I ordered a couple of weeks ago arrived in my mail box on Friday, I should have planned on going to my piercer and having him make sure things had healed enough that I could switch jewelry. But I didn't do that. I figured 4 months was enough time for things to heal, and started switching jewelry.
I probably don't need to tell you that 4 months is definitely NOT enough time for a nose piercing to completely heal. However, by the time I had realized this, it was too late to go back to the stud. I won't go into the gory details, but I did manage to get the hoop in. Oh, and did I mention that I started this whole endeavor about 20 minutes before I was supposed to meet some friends for dinner? I wasn't kidding about that impatient thing.
So now it's Sunday night, and things seem to be healing okay. The hoop is WAY less subtle than the stud is, so I'm surprised more of the friends I saw this weekend didn't notice. Hopefully everyone else thinks it had been there all along...