bciuser's first implant
  • bciuserbciuser March 2015
    @Cassox
    Will update tomorrow. Tired AF. 
    Finished a one-week course of amoxycilin ~24 hours prior to implantation.
    Day 0: Implant at 1pm
    600mg ibuprofin at 5:00pm, 9:00pm
    Iced and elevated for 20 minutes at 9:30pm
    pics to come.
    detail and people words to come.
    proper grammar to come.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 1
    After-Care - - - 
    9:07am: Took 600mg of ibuprofen and iced and elevated implant site for 20 minutes. Rested my finger implant side face down on an ice pack surrounded by a towel to prevent moisture transfer. I laid down and the ice pack was on a pillow which rested on my chest to ensure elevation.
    7:20pm: Took 600mg of ibuprofen for tooth pain.
    10:00pm: Removed steri-strip and replaced with a new one after cleaning around the area with an alcohol pad, then iced and elevated for 20 minutes.

    Subjective Experience - - - 
    I'm avoiding anything magnetic like the plague and not touching the site covered by the steri-strip underneath which is the implant site. Pain in the finger when I woke up was virtually nonexistent except for some occasional tingling. The area appears bruised and is sensitive. 

    Before changing steri-strip:
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    After cleaning:
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    New steri-strip:
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 2:
    After-Care - - - 
    8:30am: Iced and elevated for 20 minutes, steri-strip got a little damp from the condensation. Took 600mg ibuprofen.
    Subjective Experience- - -
    No noticeable pain, just an occasional tingling in the general fingertip area. I wore a nitrile glove into the shower so as not to get the steri-strip wet.

    7:30pm: Took 600mg ibuprofen
    9:30pm: Changed steri-strip and cleaned area with alcohol pad, then iced and elevated for 20 minutes.

    After cleaning: image

    After bandaging:
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 3/4
    Same as above, but the incision site and the area around it, while not painful, is still sensitive. @cassox should I be concerned and should I remove my stitches soon? Will post pictures soon.

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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    So it's day 6, removed the stitches yesterday and all appeared fine no swelling or obvious infection, but this morning I see a red circle on my finger that appears to be missing a layer of skin or two, where I presume the magnet is. Will post a picture when able. Does this sound like rejection? @glims
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
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  • Looks okay. Mine doesn't have any peeling skin, but the incision and stitch holes look the same.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 7-9 Inflammation has increased a little in the surrounding area and I'm experiencing occasional pain, but the sensitivity of the surrounding tissue is decreasing (in a good way). Very occasional stabbing pain in the general area. Skin is beginning to dry and peel.
    EDIT: I'm almost certain the pain was being caused by my bandage being wrapped too tight, it was getting pretty bad so I loosened the band-aid and now I'm back to no pain, even intermittently.
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  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Sounds normal. If the inflammation keeps up, Ibuprofen. Ice BID definitely.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    So I got brave while I was heating up a can of chef boyardee (terrible ravioli I'm sorry) and did the microwave thing. It was pretty fun and then painful afterwards. Ice is nice. Also today put a staple near the bandage and it stuck to the outside of the bandage. This is actually SUPER entertaining.
  • Danger, Will Robinson.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Also shout out to @Cassox for doing an excellent job on the implant and just being an all-around badass.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 10: Nothing interesting to mention, washing with saline solution and changing bandage once per day.
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    Day 11: At this point I'm starting to have a lot of fun and notice things more easily, I can tell whether or not current is flowing through the cord in my laptop charger and my roommate's hair dryer. Also starting to become more sensitive to ferromagnetic materials like the magnet in my mac that holds the charger firmly in place (that one hurt a little afterwards, think I'm going to avoid it for the time being). Also, I would like to mention a little on the nature of the feeling I'm experiencing: it feels very little like the sensation we normally associate with touch. It feels almost entirely foreign, but detectable. Also I'm able now to feel the magnets present in my laptop. Fortunately not while I am typing, because that would be something of an annoyance, but I will say on my Macbook Pro there are some pretty powerful magnets near the lower half of the built-in speakers. Later in the day my finger started to feel itchy and irritated so I stopped playing with it.
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 12: Inflammation has gone down a lot since yesterday, although I've noticed it's generally better in the morning. I think (hope) it will continue to heal up nicely. Washing with saline and changing the bandage once per day, and that is the full extent of the after-care I am currently doing. Sensitivity is continuing to increase, I'm now able to feel magnets in my phone I wasn't able to before and I'm getting better at discriminating noise from actual sensation (maybe there is just less inflammation, less noise). 
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 13: The area is a little more red, but I might just have hit it in my sleep. Continuing to wash with saline and change bandage daily, just waiting for the scab to fall off. I did a ton of exercise today and by the end of the day my finger felt a little hot, so I iced it.
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 14: Seems pretty much the same as yesterday, nothing terribly interesting.
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 15: So everything normal except for this one thing: There is a new small white ring of skin around where the magnet has been implanted. Are the edges causing the skin to not get enough oxygen? Or is it something else? Regardless, should I be concerned and does the magnet need to be excised? @Glims @Cassox
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    Edit: It has actually not gone away, and the area the magnet rests has become a little more red, and the white circle a little more pronounced:
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  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    It looks to me like it's staying too damp. I'd leave off the band aid. Are you out of steristrips?
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Yep. I'll leave off the band-aid and just be reaaaal careful, and purchase some steri strips later today.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Day 16: So it looks about the same as yesterday, I've been keeping it dry and without a band-aid and without too much interaction with the outside world. No real pain is being felt in the area, and the scab is getting ready to come off.
    EDIT: Something else I thought I might mention is the skin directly on top of the magnet is less sensitive to sensation than normal, and the tissue directly around the magnet is slightly darker in color than the skin around it.
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  • V10latorV10lator April 2015
    The loss of sensitivity is normal, after all small nerves where cutted while implanting (you can't do anything against that as there are just way to many nerves) but don't worry, it should get re-routed / grow back after some time and then not only the skin sensitivity should get back to normal but also the magnetic sensations should get stronger. ;)
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Ok, so day 20 and it looks different. The white area around the magnet is definitely expanding, and for whatever reason the scab is refusing to come off. Not sure if this is cause for concern yet, but I'm hoping some healing I'm not able to see is going on in the background.
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  • Is the area inside that white ring raised? And please tell me you haven't tried to remove the scab. One possibility is that that white ring is just internal scar tissue, forming as the pocket finishes healing. 
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Yes, the area inside the white ring is raised and has been since the day I got the implant. I have not tried to remove the scab, and will not try to remove it, I plan on letting it fall off on its own time.
  • glimsglims April 2015
    I'm so interested in what is going to happen. Sorry, dude. I should totally be worried about your finger meats, but I'm just interested in how this is gonna go down. White ring is a new rxn. Thank you documenting it :D
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    >< I'm also interested in how this is gonna go down. I wouldn't be too concerned about the finger, it's never done shit for me. If I start seeing necrosis, red lines, or weird pain I'm cutting the thing out. xD I'll continue taking photos. It actually looks similar to spiltwine's after his rejected, but mine is still in there... his thread
  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Lol. I'm pretty sure your in the clear on this one. The white will progress to flaking and sloughing. You'll have shiny pink new skin beneath.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    So a cool experience I had today I just wanted to share. I have a chemistry lab class, and today we were conducting a reaction that involved a magnetic stir bar. However, the solution was extremely cloudy and we were unable to tell if the hot plate was actually moving the stir bar. Enter me with my new implant "yup, there is DEFINITELY a moving magnetic field there". Felt pretty damn cool. For those of you who haven't taken chemistry lab, the stir bars are a pain in the ass to remove. After the reaction was complete, I proceeded to push my finger against the outside of the glass, and used my magnet to coax the stir bar out. I am amazed it has actually been useful twice in one day.
  • glimsglims April 2015
    Sweet use! I did chem for years and never even thought of bar removal.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    So day 23 now I believe, here is a photo of what the site currently looks like. The scab still hasn't fallen off, and the white circle has expanded both inward and outward. Most of the white skin has either little or no sensation, and the area is a little itchy. The skin isn't dry or flaky as of yet and the white area is rapidly expanding today.
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    What it looks like now later in the day:
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  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Did there seen to be any swelling or fluid present?
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    No swelling and no apparent fluid, but the area was itchy at a couple points today. Should I lance it to check?
  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Don't advise it. Leave it be. I think that's going to perk off leaving healthy tissue beneath.
  • That... looks... odd. You're sure there's no swelling?
  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    It looks to me like someone was in a Jacuzzi or bath for an extended fine. The tissue gets saturated and turns white like that. Hopefully the tissue beneath is adequately developed.keep it dry and don't debride it.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    Jacuzzi sounds nice right about now... Wish I had access to one. I'll do my utmost to keep it dry until it finishes healing I'll post pictures and updates tomorrow.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    EDIT: Some yellow pus just came out of the area near the scab, and now it's back to looking white, and so now there is some white pus coming out of the area. Consistency is more liquid than solid. I think we're losing her, Jim. Please advise.
    So here is what it looked like middle of yesterday:
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    And this morning: The skin that used to be white is now yellow, and the skin is starting to (peel?) on one side.
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  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Seriously? well, some people have had success lancing with a needle and draining.
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    So sometime last night while I was asleep the scab ruptured/got scraped/something, and this morning there is a layer of very pink skin under what remains of the scab. Unfortunately in the pink skin I think I can see some discoloration where the magnet would be, so I don't think it's going to stay there for very long. Perhaps it will, I'm just going to leave it alone and play the waiting game now.
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  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    Is it still hanging on?
  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    I sing this song to my finger every day. Today the new skin was a little angrier than previously, and there is some more yellow pus which I will remove by force. Putting some antibiotic cream on as well.
    Day 27:
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    Day 28:
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    Day 29:
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  • bciuserbciuser April 2015
    At this point the magnet is clearly under the newly formed skin, so would it be wise to debride the wound to ensure proper healing?
  • CassoxCassox April 2015
    No. It looks like you still have crap pocketing in there. There's a better way to fix it. Have you lanced it at all? You need to get all that crap out. A diabetic lancet works well, but you want to poke from an unaffected area. If it holds out till sat. I'll take a look for you.
  • bciuserbciuser May 2015
    Today had my magnet excised, it was very angry. Will try again once my finger heals properly.
  • Post in the failed implants.