We were making our way home from the VA hospital two hours away today--no emergency, just an appointment my husband needed to keep--and stopped in a thrift shop in a small town along the Ohio River when I overheard this:
"My mother told me not to do it, but I was a teenager and I didn't listen. So I got my ears pierced in July. Mom said, "Now you've done it, they'll always give you trouble because you got them pierced during dog days!" She was right. Every summer I have trouble with my ears getting irritated around the pierced places. I sure wish I'd listened to my Mom."
I was fascinated. Really? Could what this lady was saying be true? I've been trying to remember when I got my ears pierced, because mine also get irritated from time to time. Was the sign of the moon wrong? Was it dog days?
I believe it was in winter, actually, possibly in February or March, when I got mine done. I was 35 and pregnant with my youngest son. I'd always wanted pierced ears but never had the money or the courage to get it done. But that year I was newly married for the second time, working as as security guard so my hair always needed to be put up, and I wanted pretty earrings. So I got my ears pierced.
Everyone assured me it wouldn't hurt. They numb your ears, they said. You won't even feel it. Well friends, I am here to tell you, it hurt! The first one hurt so bad that I yelped and told the lady to stop. She said, "So what do you want to do? Go around with just one ear pierced?" I realized I was in too deep, so I gritted my teeth and got the other ear done. Ouch and ouch and ouch.
They took forever to heal up. Even today if I don't wear earrings for a couple days, the holes immediately start to close up, and sometimes if I wear the wrong earrings they get red and irritated. It wasn't dog days, I'm pretty sure, but the signs were surely wrong when I had them pierced.
So what do you think? Do dog days affect how pierced ears heal? Do they affect other things as well, like wounds or...? What has been your experience or observations?
I for one will be glad when dog days are over. The full moon that signals their end will be here soon, and I cannot wait!
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