Had my first two installations yesterday; lf xLED in white, hf xLED in red, both in [edited for clarity] location 0, R hand.
Immediately after install, the white shone white and the red shone red. Today, the white is looking very red. My assumption is that there’s just blood pooled around it (the LED is facing up the channel towards the entrance, it came out of the needle last) and it will whiten back up as it heals, but I couldn’t find anything specific while digging around so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check in.
Yep, should just be blood from the install. Some people bleed a lot, and some get lucky and have a near bloodless install. It should clear up over the next few weeks. It’s easier to find posts about xSIIDs and the same issue (see this post as an example). If you search “xSIID blood” a lot more come up as well. It’s the same issue with the xLEDs.
I had both installed on the right, parallel to each other and the metacarpal of the thumb rather than that of the first finger, at the recommendation of my piercing artist. He was worried that placing one each parallel to either bone (in a V shape) would be a higher risk of them migrating and colliding uncomfortably, and some other things I don’t remember clearly. My appointment was wicked early in the morning. There’s a palpable gap between them, but it’s definitely not 5mm. I’m not too worried since they’re only field detectors, and different frequencies; but I’m also prepared to have either/both pulled out and try somewhere else if they don’t stay put.
Talking with my artist about where I did and didn’t have space for him to potentially put other things was a really interesting conversation. Apparently I’ve got some pretty small hands.
(is there a courteous upper limit for photo/video uploads directly to the forums?)
short clip, showing the entry points for the needles, me trying to get both to show with mild pressure (one does, the HF on the finger-side, which lights on the proximal end) and testing one (the LF, on the thumb side, which lights on the distal end). You can see the LF is still red, but it looks mostly white if I flex my thumb a certain way already.
Update: checked on both implants this morning, and my lf xLED is very white again today. For bonus points, it now reads through my hand and not just when pressed against things. Excellent.
I checked out a bunch of things about Qi chargers and the potential hazard of them to the LF implants, while trying to find things I had laying around that might light these up safely, but I’m always glad for extra input. It’s so easy to miss things in an unfamiliar forum.
I’m a bit late for my three week mark, this past Saturday (which is when my installer told me I should expect it to be healed up). No issues, pulling, soreness, or strangeness even while performing heavy manual labor for several hours yesterday. The LF xLED shifted a few mm down it’s channel during healing, and then shifted right back up to it’s original position a day or two later. I can fold my thumb to present both of them easily, and the more prominent one is only visible in about half of my hand’s idle positions when you’re looking for it.
Overall I’m wicked pleased, and looking forward to ordering my NExT in a couple weeks.