When I was little I desperately wanted to get my ears pierced like my friends at school. My parents agreed that for my 6th birthday I could have them done. Shortly before my birthday I underwent surgery for a congenital heart condition and the doctors advised me not to take part in any activity that could increase the likelihood of a blood infection. That meant, no piercings, no tattoos or other procedures that were seen as 'high risk' for infection. As a child I got over the idea of having my ears pierced and hardly thought about it at all. But when I turned 18 I decided I really wanted to get a tattoo. I was an adult, I did my research and I planned ahead. I even spoke to a doctor about it. But ultimately it was my decision to take the risk and I got my first tattoo. Since then I've been under the tattoo needle three more times and I even tried out a couple of piercings (helix and tragus) which were tricky to heal; I got fed up and got rid of those after a while.
I've always been sensible with looking after my tattoos and piercings during the healing stage. An infection is not great for anyone. At the age of 25 I was lusting after pretty ear jewellery and after binge watching all 10 seasons of Pretty Little Liars in a row (talk about earring inspiration) I really wanted to get my ears pierced so I could wear simple studs, delicate hoops or fancy stuff in my lobes. At the time I was already healing a tragus piercing - my second time giving this cartilage piercing a go - and things were going fairly well. I'd caught the bug and wanted to adorn my ears even further.