It’s time that I stop lurking in the forum shadows… And as of yesterday, I have some LEDs to help light the way!
I’ve always been a bit of a tech nerd. Honestly, with Mythbusters being one of my favourite shows (second to Labyrinth), that is proven.
Back in 2007 an episode aired exploring RFID chips in MRIs, with Kari Byron having one installed. This episode intrigued me and ‘implanted’ the curiosity of implants.
Ideas have come and gone through my explorations while hanging around in my body, though never eventuated.
A few months ago I was reading something where implants were mentioned and a catalyst went off. This sending me down the rabbit hole of the internet with me ending up at Dangerous Things.
After hours of endless website and forum reading, the spark didn’t go out, it just had to happen.
I made contact with @DonFire, who may I say, has been a mentor of sorts? With chats, troubleshooting, testing, and a mammoth xSIID sale, an order was placed. With their help, it was finally happening!
I sat by the letterbox here in Australia, waiting… As soon as my order arrived, I made my install booking. I knew that if I didn’t keep the train moving, it’ll halt.
Fast-forward to yesterday, and installs were had.
My install experience:
We cleaned up, lined up, and psyched up with my piercer recommended going xSIID first.
I’m not one to watch my body mods, so I keep reading a COVID warning poster, over and over again while squishing a little stress reliever in my other hand.
“When your ready, big breath in and on your release, we go”. Breath in, and release…
I felt the needle break the skin, pop in, and with another big breath, in went the xSIID. And that was that, it was done… It was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be like… But, the xLED was still to come!!!
I was doing great, on cloud nine. So we prepped for round two. “When your ready, big breath in and on your release, we go”. Breath in, and release…
WTF… This was nothing like the first one. Worse, worse, worse. I felt the skin break, all good. Felt the pain of the bevel going in, and in, and in… “When’s it going to pop”, I kept thinking until finally, POP, the needle was in! And with another big, shaky breath, in went the xLED.
It was done, and the gauze was on. Surprisingly, there was nowhere near the blood I had expected, with nothing shy of a few smears. The pain was now like when you stub your toe, a throbbing sesation.
While applying pressure to the site, my piercer and I caught up for a bit and after the bleeding had stopped, two little dot Band-aids were applied (We didn’t need the large plaster. I had shaved my hand for no reason… It’s smooth though )
Last night there was a little tenderness and an occasional throb and slight, slight bleeding. I took it easy for the rest of the night and watched a little bed TV with my already chipped mate.
I did do a few phone scans, I don’t have any discipline… I was able to read the xSIID, though did not see any of the blue LED, whatsoever. With the xLED, it was glowing bright! Sorry, I didn’t have two phones to take a pic. I could also gently feel the xLED, though could not find the xSIID. Hopefully, it is not too deep?
I awoke this morning with no real pain, though a light throb when moving the section around L0.
After a saline clean, it’s not looking too bad. There’s a moderate amount of swelling, though no bruising yet and pain is minimal. I could use a few fingers on the hand to assist in writing this post. (Sorry for the typos of one-handed typing)
All-in-all, this far, not a bad experience. “Would I do it again?” …I am already planning what to do next! I mean, I can’t let that red LED go to waste
If people are interested, I am happy to post progress reports as healing.
It has been great reading all your posts, and I can’t wait to see where this technology leads!
Massive thanks goes to @DonFire