The cronical of the Proxy's implants
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    So to those who might not be aware or who are just plainly interested; I had a magnet in my right ring finger and on Wednesday the 4th of March I got that removed and replaced with a M31 magnet. There also was a M31 implanted in my middle finger however that won't be as much of a focus for this documentation.

    From my understanding there has not been a removal and then an immediate implant done before as people were not sure how it would react and what the outcome would be for the new implant location.

    I've had the fortune of having @Cassox implant my two magnets on said mentioned date above. He has requested that I provide a daily documentation on how my progress is going as he hasn't done a removal and immediate implant in this fashion before.

    All future posts by me will be either answering questions or a post including images and details on my progress for the next month.

    *edit* Came to a realization that since I am uploading them to an album I might as well just post that link for those interested in that instead.

    http://imgur.com/a/cOelT
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day00Side 3/4/15imageHere is the night of the implant after having a majority of the blood cleaned off.
    Finger on the left is the ring finger which had the removal.

    Day00Top 3/4/15
    imageMinor bruising below the incision.
    Still some blood coagulated on the incision.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day01Side 3/5/15image
    Morning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.
    Finger on the left is ring finger for consistency.

    Day01Top 3/5/15
    imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.
    Minor bruising below the incision.

  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day02Side 3/6/15
    imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.
    Finger on the left is ring finger

    Day02Top
    imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.
    Minor bruising still below the incision.

    Went to turn off my alarm clock this morning and noticed I could feel a field around it with my replanted finger from a few inches away and the newer finger needed to be 1/2 an inch away to feel it at the same intensity.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day03Side 3/7/15imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Stitches were removed then finger gently cleaned. Wound is looking like it should and no concerns as of this moment.

    Day03Top 3/7/15
    imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Still minor bruising however it seems to be going away slowly.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day04Side 3/8/15imageMorning image with flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Bandaids are used while anywhere away from my desk (work, errands) otherwise I leave it in the open for it to air and have a chance to heal.

    Day04Top 3/8/15
    imageMorning image without flash after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Bruising appears to be nearly gone. Minor redness still remains.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Post is a day late however images and notes were taken on the correct time and were cataloged until I could reach my computer to document it here.

    Day05Side 3/9/15imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Light purple/red remains however it hardly hurts when pressed on it. Otherwise feels fine. Realized that during my first implant I didn't feel numb at my finger tip however now I feel numb on both of the tips. Full functionality however when typing and finer processes that require touch I don't have all of it operating.

    Day05Top 3/9/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Still have the same pocket size from the previous implant so will take notice of it and will wait to see if the finger adjusts for the new size or will leave it as is.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day06Side 3/10/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Still a light purple color around the incision however the incision itself appears to be healing as it should and best estimate for it to be fully closed on the outside will be another week from today.

    Day06Top 3/10/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Bandage is no longer used and cleaning has just been increased by 1 more time during the day to encourage more air and ability to heal. Advil was taken every 6 hours until the 5th day and has now been decreased to twice a day at most. 

    While working I have noticed some of the machinery's motors operating from a distance however I am still taking care to avoid upsetting the healing process for the first few weeks.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day07Side 3/11/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Middle finger has a minor amount of dead skin at the incision point however the rest of it feels as if it is nearly all closed up. Planning on letting it remove itself at it's own pace rather than rushing it.

    Ring finger still has coagulated blood under the incision flap and seem to be cleaning up a little each day with the alcohol. I believe it to take a few days longer than the other finger to heal up all the way on the outside.

    Day07Top 3/11/15
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    Morning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Fingers still rather numb along the incision and tips. I can feel pressure however texture still feels more smooth when touching surfaces compared to the rest of my fingers.

    Using a paperclip to judge its ability to pick up an object without much pressure and the middle finger can mostly hold on to it however the ring finger has trouble still being able to lift it above the table. Time and healing is expected to help that out.
  • CassoxCassox March 2015
    Nice. These are really great pics. In case your wondering, peripheral nerves can grow as rapidly as 2mm/day after the return of vasculature. So, all sensation should be fine within a month to a month and a half assuming no complications. The finger which had a hayworth.. perhaps longer.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Thanks! I am glad you like the pictures. If there is another view you like or something else you think I should take note of during the healing process then I am game to include that in my posts as well.

    Sounds good in regards to the sensation returning to my fingers. Always nice to have a medical understanding behind the process of the body healing.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day08Side 3/12/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. 

    Flash is officially broken on my phone so using the sun as a means of lighting up the photo. Not as clear as before however it still looks like it is getting the job done.

    Day08Top 3/12/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    The pocket that used to store the Haworth magnet seems a smidge smaller than it used to be. Not sure if finger is adjusting or I am just imagining it. Will continue to keep an eye on it to see how the finger is adjusting with a smaller magnet sitting within it.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day09Side 3/13/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    As of the moment there hasn't been anything noticeable in regards to the fingers other than I have stopped taking advil and don't notice a difference for any of my recent implants.

    Day09Top 3/13/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    The outside of it feels like it is healing well and it feels like there is a pocket beginning to form for my middle finger. Ring finger already has a pocket and will be waiting to see what the previous pocket will do with a smaller magnet in it.
  • CassoxCassox March 2015
    Fantastic job on these photos man. I much appreciate them. Nice and clean and appear to be healing nicely.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    I aim to please. I'll keep doing what I am doing then until they appear to be fully healed in a month or so.

    Happy to document the progress and whatever else I can offer. You being generous enough to implant them for me was already such a big help I have no problem offering something back.

    On a partial side note; for the ring finger where the blood is still coagulated, should I let nature take it's course and wait for the finger to clean it out itself or should I be invasive and actively clean the blood out and then do a proper cleanup afterwards plus some extra TLC?
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day10Side 3/14/15imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Both fingers seem to be forming similar sized pockets for both magnets and is feeling like the larger pocket will shrink down eventually.

    Day10Top 3/14/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Little amount of dead skin on the middle finger where the incision was made and blood coagulated under the ring finger's incision. Another week is estimated for the dead skin to be peeled off from the healing and for the blood to be removed at its own pace.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day11Side 3/15/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Nothing out of the ordinary to note as of the moment. Healing is going at the pace expected and doing what I can to keep it dry during the day.

    Day11Top 3/15/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day12Side 3/16/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Last night noticed the outer later was peeling off and how it was unnecessary anymore. It looks healthy underneath and should be able to heal better now that it has air and room.

    Day12Top 3/16/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Now that there is room to heal I an see the the pocket is smaller than I thought previously and it looks like both of the pockets are now at a similar size.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day13Side 3/17/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Weather is getting more dry over in Arizona and temperatures reaching up to 90F. Ring finger's dead skin was peeling off on its own so I removed with a blade what was just free hanging.

    Day13Top 3/17/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Looks like a light pink fleshy color as expected and is barely tender when force is applied. Keeping it away from everything that isn't my keyboard or when I need to pick something up if my left hand is busy.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day14Side 3/18/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Hot weather is hot and as a result has dried up both my fingers a tad more than I originally expected. Middle finger has peeled back some dead skin on its own so I just cut away gently with a cleaned blade so there wasn't anything hanging around.

    Day14Top 3/18/15
    imageMorning image taken outside after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Fingers are looking healthy at the moment and will continue with the same plan until some new skin grows over and seals up the soft pink skin.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day15Side 3/19/15
    imageMorning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Nothing really to report with besides that some more dead skin is peeling up so that is being gently removed as needed to prevent it getting caught on anything.

    Day15Top 3/19/15
    imageMorning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    I suspect a day or two more for the dead skin to stop peeling and settle down. Doing what I can to let it be on its own accord and just maintain where needed.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Been working on projects and haven't a computer for the last few days to post. Still wrote my updates each day on a notepad though so everything is up to date.

    Day16Side 3/20/15
    imageMorning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. 

    Skin that is pink is slightly tender however nothing more than fresh skin is normally.

    Day16Top 3/20/15
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    Morning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Dry weather is making skin continue to peel slowly so doing what I can to leave it alone.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day 17 3/21/15
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    Morning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Dry weather is dry. Might start putting on lotion consistently if that seems to help. 

    Day17Top 3/21/15
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    Morning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Noticed in the morning that the location on the middle finger where the incision was was slightly softer than the rest of the pink part of my finger. Feels like a layer of skin is covering the opening however the opening itself is not fully closed. Feels like it is healing at the same rate as the last time I had gotten implanted so will continue to observe.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day18Side 3/22/15
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    Morning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Slight tingling sensation as I am moving my fingers around during the day. I am able to feel my house microwave with both fingers from an inch from the screen and have noticed other devices as I am working and wandering around. Limit it down to a few times a day I am testing the range so allow healing to occur first.

    Day18Top 3/22/15
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    Morning image taken after cleaning up with 70% rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

    Feeling a pocket on the middle finger now, and the ring finger pocket that was there previously seems to have gotten a little smaller to adjust for the new magnet and is as formed as it was before the latest implantation.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day19Side 3/23/15
    imageMorning image taken outside without cleaning anything.

    Scar tissue is starting to form under the middle finger's skin by the looks of it. Planning on just leaving it alone for a while and see how it progresses rather than toying with it and causing it to take longer than necessary to heal.

    Day19Top 3/23/15
    imageMorning image taken outside without cleaning anything.

    Little bit of skin appears to be peeling still however it has slowed down since the initial day of it peeling. Letting it peel on its own pace to not upset the healing process.
  • glimsglims March 2015
    Yeah, I would chill on the rubbing alcohol. The EtOH is probably drying out your skin and increasing the peeling / flaking process.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Sounds like a plan man. Would any type of lotion help out the skin or would leaving it alone still be the best route for this situation?
  • glimsglims March 2015
    Just leave the poor finger alone... :)
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Haha yeah... Will do Jedi master.

    Nothing to see here you troopers...
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day20Side 3/24/15
    imageMorning image taken outside.

    Ring finger seems to be acting normal and the preexisting pocket is nearly all closed up and back to normal. Sensitivity on it is less than the middle finger however time will tell on how the both of them will eventually turn out.

    Day20Top 3/24/15
    imageMorning image taken outside.

    Per Glims's advice I am just going to be leaving my fingers alone and let nature take its course.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day21Side 3/25/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Ring finger still looks normal besides some of the peeled skin which is growing back like normal now. Middle finger seems to have a larger "pocket" or layer of outer skin at the moment (not sure which honestly) than the ring finger and the darker portion right in the center looks like scar tissue under a bloodless scab however again, I am not entirely sure.

    Day21Top 3/25/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Ring finger looks like it doesn't even have a pocket there and the middle finger looks like what my first implant did while the pocket was forming. Taking note of how it feels and what the size is compared to what it was earlier while healing.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day22Side 3/26/15
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    Morning image taken inside.

    Per Glims's advice I am just leaving it alone for a while and letting nature take its course. On occasion when I wiggle my fingers around I can feel a tingling sensation otherwise I can sense a few fields here and there.

    Day22Top 3/26/15
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    Morning image taken inside.

    Middle finger looks like it is shrinking down to a "normal" size and the pocket seems to be forming at the same pace of the ring finger. Ring finger is no where near as large as it used to be with the previous implant.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day23Side 2/27/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Fingers are left alone and seem to have stopped peeling. Ring finger's pocket seems a little thicker than the middle finger.

    Day23Top 3/27/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Middle finger is hardly noticeable if you are not aware of a magnet being there and the ringer finger looks like it has a "normal" bump to it.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day24Side 3/28/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Scab peeled off last night while I was at work on the middle finger. Hardly any force was put on it and came off while I was washing my hands. Flesh looks normal and pink as it should be.

    Day 24Top 3/28/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Middle finger's pocket is still soft and sensitive enough to feel fields and pick up paperclips. Ring finger's pocket is already formed from the previous implant and seems a smidgen larger than it would be preferred to pick up objects and the fields are a little harder to sense. Paperclips and such are hardly effected when I try to pick them up with the ring finger so I know the magnet is in there however time seems to be a factor to see how that progresses and how it will compare to the middle finger.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day25Side 3/29/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Both fingers will be used as normal while at work (restaurant) and won't be getting special treatment in regards to the day to day tasks. Planning on waiting another week at least before introducing magnets and heavy electronic devices back into hand's reach.

    Day25/Top 3/29/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Start of April and temperatures are already at 95F at least. Still rising hence the minor peeling of the finger. Otherwise it has settled down for the most part when it comes to any hanging dead skin.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day26Side 3/30/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Thinking about ending the documentation at day 31 however I am not opposed to continuing for the sake of science. Skin is still growing back however that is nothing special and a post healed image can be taken to show what they will normally look like.

    Day26Top 3/30/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Ring finger has sealed up the incision and the pocket feels just as thick as from the previous implant. At this rate I doubt the pocket will get any smaller and I am not sure on how sensitive that finger will be compared to the middle one. Still going to give it a few months of possibility before I am sure on the outcome.
  • AvanthusAvanthus March 2015
    I think a continuous weekly update would be cool, but jesus man resize these photos!
  • CassoxCassox March 2015
    Yeah, that was one of my concerns when we replaced the Haworth. It was just so huge. A cortisone shot might help although not to close to the magnet itself. Coming back out this way anytime soon?
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Avanthus, I can do that no problem for the weekly... On the note of the photo size I know what you mean. My main workstation has them sized normal however my laptop shows them blown up.. Any advice from anyone on the proper method to get that fixed on the thread would greatly appreciated.

    @Cassox As of this moment I don't have plans for a trip back there however my semester will be ending in 5 weeks or so and I am sure I can manage a during the week to visit you all again. Once it gets closer to the summer my schedule will be clearing up much more. I am interested in taking you up on your offer though first chance I can get.
  • ProxyProxy March 2015
    Day27Side 3/31/15
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    Morning image taken inside.

    Working on resizing the images if possible. No update as of the moment with my fingers. Just healing and letting them work as normal for now.

    Day27Top 3/31/15
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    Morning image taken inside.

    Will be working towards a time for me to meet Cassox to take a cortisone shot to see if it will help with the size of the ring finger pocket. Updates will be posted here on that schedule otherwise will be just letting it heal and do what it will do.
  • V10latorV10lator April 2015
    Just my 2 cents but I wouldn't go the cortisone way that early. I would give the body more time (3 to 6 months) to adjust the pocket size, if that won't work one could still use cortisone.
    The reason I say this are the possible side effects which could lead to the exact opposite (a bigger pocket) :

    Local side effects are rare but can include: pain, infection, skin pigment changes, loss of fatty tissue, and tendon rupture.

    (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisone#Side_effects )
  • ProxyProxy April 2015
    Makes sense to see if time will help it out enough. It would be a few months anyways to make my way over to CA anyways so that could work out. Probably would still opt for Cassox's opinion as he is pretty comfortable to recommend it when the time is appropriate.
  • ProxyProxy April 2015
    Day28Side 4/1/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Nothing much to post here anymore. Just needs to heal now however I have a few more days of posting to do to finish up the month.

    Day28Top 4/1/15
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  • ProxyProxy April 2015
    Day29Side 4/2/15
    imageMorning image taken outside.

    That high quality image of some jean leg though.. Same as previous. No noticeable change as of yet.

    Day29Top 4/2/15
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  • ProxyProxy April 2015
    Day30Side 4/3/15
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    Morning image taken outside. 

    No difference yet besides the peeling skin is behaving and appears to be healing back to normal now.

    Day30Top 4/3/15
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    Morning image taken outside.

    Link to the album to those who rather see them all at once instead of them being blown up on this page.
  • vquadvquad April 2015
    Where did the updates go?
  • glimsglims April 2015
    It's been a month of updates and a month since then. I think he's good...
  • ProxyProxy April 2015
    As stated a few times in the posts, I am no longer doing updates as it has healed back to normal and images of regular looking fingers probably only excite a small percentage of people on the internet if you know what I mean. ;)

    For the sake of updating anyone that is still curious on my status though.

    I took a few pictures however as the fingers look back to normal there is no point in posting them up here as you couldn't tell they look any different than before. They have healed on the outside and still will take a few more months to heal everything on the inside as expected. 

    Overall the middle finger can feel fields about twice as better as the ring finger and I cannot feel any pocket forming yet. The ring finger pocket that was existing previously from the Haworth magnet seems to be getting a little smaller and will give it some more time to adjust to the new magnet.

    There was an offer earlier to get a cortisone shot to help reduce the scar tissue and I am interested if that route seems to be the best one however I might wait a month or two more just to see if it reaches a baseline and is still as thick as it currently is.

    When it comes to picking up metallic objects I have noticed I can pick up things around 3 times heavier on the middle finger than I can on the ring finger and I suspect that is due to the pocket that is causing the distance to be further away from the magnet and the object.