Cue dozens of readers searching through the archives to find a shot of Maria's ears. Hint: unless I overlooked something, you won't find them. And Chapter B doesn't count (as that'd have been before the piercings happened). XD
And for those unaware - in case you were wondering about Emily's remark - Estrogen can be taken in a number of ways, including pills, injections, and patches. I don't know if it's always the case, but my doctor gave me a choice. I don't like needles (although I've gotten more used to them from constant necessary bloodwork in recent years), and I've heard the patches aren't always reliable (ie, they have trouble sticking), so I take it in pill form myself. Although, due to increased blood clot risk, my doctor says I'll have to switch to another method once I reach a certain age. Rain or Jessica should be fine though.
Rain's defiance against needles cracks me up though. "Nu-uh" and all. Actually, a lot of things about this page amuse me. I like this page. XD
Finally, just a reminder that the current chapter will end next week. This will be followed by a hiatus if Volume 3 is still not done by then. How long of a hiatus might be variable; it could be very short, or it could be a bit longer. I don't know for sure yet, but I will absolutely keep you posted.
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Yeah, I'm terrified of needles, especially syringes. I tolerated it when I had my ears pierced and I tolerate blood tests and vaccines (nowadays anyway... kicked up such a fuss as a kid about the 3-needle one - MMR? - that my parents had me exempted from vaccination =.= in hindsight knowing how that could effect immunocompromised folks and such I'd rather have toughed it out, but I don't blame them for caving), but I couldn't administer regular injections to myself like you (apparently?) have to on injection-based HRT. Thank fate for pills
She has 3 earrings in her ear.
A triangle has 3 sides
@pretty jodye flacko: Illuminati has a full copy of Half-Life 3 also confirmed.
Never saw the point in earrings. Pointlessly putting a hole in your ear just to add sparkle? Most ridiculous thing ever.
(Personal opinion of course)
INB4 anyone says it a girl thing, i am a girl and know plenty of guys who have had it done as well.
So I got my ear cartilage pierced too, and let me tell you, the pain does not just last for a second. At first it's just a quick pinch, then no problem...but then it swells up like a mofo. I'd wake up in the night in pain from rolling over on it. I could only sleep on one side. If something hit my ear at all, even if not very hard, I'd have to hold back tears. It was sensitive for a few months. It's been a couple of years now, and it's completely healed. None of my other piercings gave me this much trouble, and I have quite a few of them.
Still... WORTH IT. I love my industrial.
I plan on (eventually) getting a few rings in my other ear, too. :) Still, I'm dreading that healing process.
@C: OW damn Industrial piercings are awesome, but the pain is real. Someone (not too hard) hit/slapped my ear without meaning too and they had me on the floor, wincing from the pain.
@C: I've had cartilage piercings, body piercings, facial piercings, and tattoos- and of everything, EVERYTHING I have ever had done, my industrial was the most painful, both in terms of pain during piercing and pain during the (extremely long) healing process. It's definitely my favorite piercing... but I'm not certain I'd ever do that again.
I have a bunch of piercings and I would definitely encourage anyone interested to give it a try (you can always let them close up if you decide you don't like it), but I also feel I should point out that you don't need pierced ears to wear earrings.
My mother never pierced her ears and I've almost never seen her without earrings (at least not when she was wearing makeup). She uses clip-ons, but when I was a teenagers and needed my parents approval to have my ears pierced, and they wouldn't give it to me, I wore magnetic earrings as well. I still have a bunch of those, as well as a couple telescopic rings.
There are lots of options. So if you're afraid of needles, no need to force yourself to go through something that makes you super uncomfortable. You can still have a girl's day and feel pretty by shopping for earrings for unpierced ears!
Plus if you're a transgirl and not out yet, and you're worried getting your ears pierced would give you away, that's also a way to get around it until you can safely get them pierced :)
Now of course I don't know where the story will go, and I guess most readers already knew all of this, but I figured if some people didn't, that I should share.
@Avistew: hm, my magnetic earrings always fell out. But they were pretty cheap, so that's probably why.
she's gonna have to get bloodwork to be able to start HRT.... so.... yknow... needles. so whatever.
Needles are bad enough for me that if I watch a movie and a disgusting monster dismembers a person, I watch unimpacted, but if in the same movie someone has a simple vaccine, I need to look away. I can deal with them in real life, but I just don't like to look/focus on them.
@Guest: Oh, I know _exactly_ what you mean. I didn't used to be afraid of needles, but I had a bad experience getting my blood drawn...I won't bother you with the details, but it wasn't pleasant, I'll tell you that.
Oh YOU'RE one to talk, Rain, we all thought you didn't even have eyes...
With regards to estrogen, I was on the patches for about a year before my doctor realized that they were literally useless on me. My skin is apparently too thick. I switched to sublingual pills and afterwards things started moving MUCH more rapidly.
There's also now subdermal pellets. Once a year, my endo implants a couple of pellets under my skin (each one smaller than a grain of rice), and that's my HRT done.
As a diabetic on two types of injected insulin and a person with an expired but nonetheless legit earned EMT license - I would like to say that flex-pens are the way to go and it would be awesome if HRT came that way. If I have to use an actual syringe to do it there is too much possibility of it going wrong.
"Ooh. Tolerance. I'm moving up in the world." That cracks me up xD her facial expression is amazing too! I love Emily!
@Paint: That part did bring a smile to my face :p
my doctor chose the method for me since i don't have much money so they gave me pills
I had allergy shots twice weekly in each arm for years as a child. I'm so used to injections that I honestly don't get how people can be afraid of it.
I just don't like needles going in. Once I'm stuck I'm fine. No problems even looking at the thing sticking into my arm. Getting stuck always makes me jump though. Kind of funny considering i want to get tattoos...
it seems that patches and pills don't tend to absorb that well into the body, kind of like b12.
Honestly it seems like the best way to do hrt, (or any sort of supplementing, be it hormones or vitamins) is by injection.
i've had pierced earlobes since feb 1994 but the reason i put off having them pierced was most of my kin had tots/tykes that seemed to be amused by snatching my glasses from my face and i was afraid the same thing would happen to my earrings.
Yeah, well, piercings can go a few ways, I've honestly only these ways though.
1) It hurts and you're glad it's over with.
2) It hurts and you can't wait to do it again.
Yeah, I fall into the second category. Had a lip, eyebrow, standard lobe, rook, and anti-tragus before going into Job Corps. They all healed up because I lost my retainers, so now I've only got my eyebrow (re)pierced.
i want rain to whip and naenae
I've never really understood peoples avoidance to needles. I love getting them. I don't go out of my way to get them, but I'm not going to turn one down if I know it's necessary.
I was nine the second time I got my ears pierced (The first time healed up after becoming infected) and I actually remember wanting to get them done again due to the adrenaline rush it gave. Even with the gun jamming on my ear. Can't wait for this tattoo I want.
@LittleLynn84: I use the patch. To much chance of blood clots for me. The patch never falls off and I put it in a good place ware it is safe. Even in the shower it never falls off. Pills are very dangerous. I have known a few that died using them. I hate needles though I to have got used to them.
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm kinda put off by the arrow and explanation thing. Like, you explained it just fine with the next panel, feels a bit unnecessary.
Always felt similarly about the description of every page, but I can't blame you for wanting your thoughts out there. You make a great comic, so I can't really complain :P