Dear Abby: I would like to know what the fascination is with putting plugs in one’s earlobes. I have seen some as large as half dollar coins. What does the person do if he regrets having done this to his ears? Can the holes be surgically closed?
Unpierced in Scottsdale, Ariz.
I spoke to James Wisniewski of the Body Electric Tattoo piercing studio in Los Angeles. He told me that, as with any type of body modification, the ear plugs are a matter of personal taste.
The process is referred to as “stretching,” and James has had his earlobes this way for the past 14 years. He is attracted to it for the aesthetics. The modification is a gradual process, with larger jewelry being inserted as the hole becomes larger.
James recommends consulting a plastic surgeon if someone decides to have the hole closed because new tissue is grown as a result of the earlobe stretching.
Dear Abby: What is the correct response when asked at a doctor’s office or hospital if you drink? I drink socially, maybe once a month. Should I say yes? If I do, I’m afraid it will imply that I drink more often.
Filling Out the Forms in Ohio
DEAR FILLING: In my doctor’s office I was asked that question, and my response was, “Yes, occasionally” At that point, the follow-up question was, “How many drinks do you have a week?” Because this particular question makes you uncomfortable, mention to your physician that you indulge in alcohol only about once a month