Comic 756 - Needle

8th Nov 2015, 5:14 PM in Ch. 27: Same Girl, New Look
Average Rating: 4.73 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 8th Nov 2015, 5:14 PM edit delete
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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Guy 8th Nov 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Lol, Rain's one to talk with that Schrodinger's Eye of hers
JustRaining 4th Aug 2022, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Just what I was thinking!
Vanya 8th Nov 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Dynamic page with a few revelations; much to like here.
"Ooh, tolerance. I'm moving up in world" being my favourite line.
XxMLRPJordanxX 8th Nov 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Emily kinda looks like a guy to me for some reason in the second last scene. The way she picks up her hair around her ear and the size of her arm. I think that's just me.
Vanya 8th Nov 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Considering the angle of the 'shot', it appears bigger because it's closer to the 'camera'. Make sense ??
Also, Maria is badass. Maybe that sometimes translates differently to some people.
XxMLRPJordanxX 15th Nov 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
No disagreement there, also, the angle does make it look bigger. Thanks for pointing that out.
DocMesa 8th Nov 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Maria's ear came from the same pocket dimension as Rain's left eye.
Mina 8th Nov 2015, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
I bet even Chanel didn't know! XD

I hope i'll be able to take pills. I really don't like things like patches, and I fear needles as much as the end of the world. Some years ago, the nurses were unable to take my blood for tests about my precocious puberty...
Well, if I REALLY must take hormones by injections... I'd be more than happy about it, my life is absolutely worth the pain, but still!
Mizore 8th Nov 2015, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
I have to get bloodwork done biannually due to medication, if i had a dollar for every lab tech who couldn't find a vein to save their life, i could probably pay for your transition wholesale.
Deb B 8th Nov 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
I use the patches. It's necessary for those of us of a certain age ... they're not so bad! They stick pretty well unless you don't follow the procedure. The worst part is trying to make sure to avoid using the same patch of skin more than once every couple weeks.
Alice Sara 8th Nov 2015, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
Poor Rain. She's going to hate electrolysis!
Noelle 9th Nov 2015, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
She's got the right skin and hair colour for laser.
Zii 9th Nov 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
I've had both, laser isn't much better.

Also, her hair is a bit light, but I've heard they've gotten past some of that and laser is more viable for lighter hair now.
Averis 10th Nov 2015, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
I have hair about the same color and similar skin tone to rain and they won't even try the laser for me unfortunately.
Zii 10th Nov 2015, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
I'd shop around. Some places still use older technology, so they might be right that their laser won't work on you, but some other place might have a better device that should work on your hair and skin type.
Zii 10th Nov 2015, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
I'd shop around. Some places still use older technology, so they might be right that their laser won't work on you, but some other place might have a better device that should work on your hair and skin type.
Noelle 9th Nov 2015, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
As a medical person, PLEASE show them *actually going to a piercing place* rather than doing it with a needle. The latter is SUCH a bad idea, please don't encourage it!
Niceguy Eddie 9th Nov 2015, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
One thing about needles, for any and all who don't like them... They have this thing called a "shot blocker." It's just a U-shaped piece of plastic with little nubs underneath. hey place it around the area where you're getting the shot, and SOMEHOW it tricked the nerve-endings such that you don't feel a thing. It was wild. I don't mind needles myself, but after my kids (who do) got their flu shots with it (without so much as an "ow") I asked if I could try it out of curiosity. It felt like the nurse was pressing my arm with her fingertip, nothing more. So if needle ARE an issue for anyone out there, you might want to look into this!
Lemonado Girl 9th Nov 2015, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
So I'm not the only one who hates needles with a fiery passion, I see. It's so good to know there are alternatives, because I'd probably be using them as much as possible.

I seriously do not jive with needles.
Guy 9th Nov 2015, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
I love how concerned Emily is talking about Rain's fear of needles. Is cute ^_^
Zii 9th Nov 2015, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
I tried estrogen injections for a few months. I can't do them. I would inject my thigh every Friday, and for the weekend, I wouldn't be able to walk without pain and stiffness. This compounded nerves I had about doing the injection and I almost redded out (like blacking out, but instea, it's too much blood in your head and your vision goes red) in my bathroom.

I'm not sure if it's something about my muscle tissue or technique or what, but I absolutely could not do injections. I went back to pills and have stayed ever since.
j-eagle12212012 9th Nov 2015, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
I can't claim to not like needles because I have a tattoo and I want more, but when it comes to tattoo needles its a very diffrent kind of pain... it hurts but in a good way if that makes sense.
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
It kinda makes sense. But then, from talking to different people with tattoos (including myself), many have different views on just how much they hurt and what it feels like.

I, for instance, describe the feeling as someone dragging a dull razor blade across my skin, which eventually dulls to the point where I can barely feel it... exceptions for those times when they are coloring in highly sensitive areas where the nerve endings are closer to the skin.
Jacy Em 9th Nov 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
What about electrolysis? NEEDLES.
Zii 10th Nov 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
You never feel the needle and it doesn't pierce skin. The electricity though, that's what hurts.
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Ellie 10th Nov 2015, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
It can also be taken by gel, that's how my dad got it.
Guest 26th Apr 2019, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Did Rain just out Jessica?
Ron 2nd May 2022, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately to my knowledge the FDA has yet to approve testosterone by anything other than injection. (Possibly my doc didn't tell me or my insurance disapproved.) So... weekly stabbings hurrah. Good thing I don't mind needles but I feel for those who do. And I hope all the buildup of scar material in my thighs doesn't cause problems later. *knock on wood*
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