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August 21, 2012
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Oakbear
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We all know we take a risk when we modify ourselves, and hopefully that's an educated and well thought out decision. But of course it doesn't always go well….

 

Currently i have a badly infected hand following my implant 3 1/2 weeks ago.

Everything seemed to be going fine, swelling had greatly reduced sand the outline was getting clearer. I had a couple of scabs where dressings had pulled the first couple fo layers of skin off some small patches, but i kept it clean, and all seemed well.

A couple of days ago it started swelling and getting hot. By the time i got to a doctor it was painful, very swollen and leaking pus. Nice. I got some antibiotics and hope i've caught it in time. I have a temperature though, and feel pretty rough.

Almost as bad was the attitude of the medical staff, the nurse treating me like i had just defecated on the table. She was worried enough that i'm going back every day though.

Not part of the plan!

 

Another one is from my dermal punch conch some years ago. About a week after it was done it started bleeding and wouldn't stop. The hospital were baffled and wrapped my whole head in layers of compression bandage like a turban. I went to my piercer the next day and he laughed for ages! Turns out it swelled a bit much for the jewellery, and the pressure was keeping it open. A jewellery change and all was well.

 

So what mods have you had which haven't gone to plan? Anybody else had interesting decisions from medical staff? What can you laugh about now?

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 21, 2012
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My one mod horror story doesn't actually involve medical professionals and may not even be all that much of a horror story.  I got my subdermal horns initially done about a year and a half ago.  The one on the left healed beautifully while the one on the right remained red and slightly irritated for a couple of months.  What sealed the fate of my right horn was an unfortunate direct collision with the corner of a wall.  After that, it started rejecting and, once I realized what was happening, I went straight to my artist to get it removed.  I then proceeded to walk around for a year as a lopsided unicorn before getting re-inserted a couple of months ago.  The second time around, it healed beautifully and without any problems at all.

 

My second sort of horror story involved my ears being scalpelled.  I had scalpelled to an inch only a few weeks before a death metal show.  I go to quite a few shows and, of course, being a death metal show it was rather rowdy and my ears were still healing.  I got clipped in the side of my head by the shoe of a stage diver which got my ear.  The jewerly went flying, never to be seen again, and my ear started bleeding.  Luckily the show was almost over and I had suitable jewerly at home to use and no permanent damage was done.

August 21, 2012
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After more than a year of having my punched 2g conches, they still didn't feel right, so I decided to leave the jewelry out for the night. I had seen numerous people with punched conches wearing no jewelry and just the hole in their ear, so I thought it would be no problem. Overnight, the 2g punched hole closed completely. I was astonished. I now have about a 2-3mm pink spot on each ear that I'm sure will fade to white and won't be noticeable. But I wish I still had the piercing!

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August 21, 2012
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My horror stories…..where to begin. I'll start with the most recent.

So, I lost a bet. Yes, it's one of those. One of the conditions of this bet was to get a tattoo of a t-bone steak on my hip. (I'm a vegan, so he thought it'd be funny) Everything went fine. We went to a licensed shop that he recommended. I'd never been there before, but he said he had. I got tattooed and it looked great. A couple days later, the area surrounding the tattoo became inflamed and hot to the touch. Then bumps started to form, and the tattoo itself would not scab. It just kept leaking fluid and looking worse and worse. Finally, I went to another shop to ask a friend about it, and he told me I needed to go to the ER right away. I decided to start another regimen of treatment on my own and watch it for a couple more days.

After a couple days, it kept being inflamed, hot, and the bumps started filling with pus. So, to the doctor I went. Once I lifted up my shirt, the doctor gasped and said, "Oh, god." That made me chuckle a bit. She prescribed some antibiotics and steroids.

A $50 tattoo from a licensed shop turned into a $250 scar on my hip.

August 22, 2012
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When my earlobes were around 3/4 inch I had a boyfriend with very long hair almost down to his butt.  Somehow (wink wink) at night one of his hairs got wrapped around a few times and tangled around my earlobe.  The next morning I woke up and my lobe felt numb and it was bright purple and even turning a little bit grey!!!  I totally freaked out and it hurt when the blood was rushing back to the area.  It wasn't right for a few weeks.  The layers of skin between where the hair had cut off circulation flaked off and looked all red and it was tender to the touch.  I did not go to the doctor but I thought I might loose my lobe.  His hair was always getting caught on my jewelry in many places on my body.  He had many piercings as well, so he was considerate, but it was unavoidable.  I think hair is a total hazard to piercings!!!

    Also, when I was 18 I had my inner labia pierced with one ring through both.   Why?  I have no idea!!  I didn't know any better and I secretly think the piercer did it knowingly as a weird protection for my personal space.  I remember getting it caught on my bike seat a few times and I had to be very careful.  It bled quite a bit for a few days.

    I also really hurt myself trying to brand a symbol for mercy on my inner ankle because every time I touched myself with the burning hot piece of metal my leg would automatically JUMP.  I did overcome the autonomic response, but not before I got several burns of various depths and directions.  I had 2 friends there when I did this, and they both offered to hold my leg down but I wouldn't let them.  I am still friends with one of them and we occasionally laugh about it… his wife thinks we are totally nuts!!  It seemed perfectly normal and natural at the time.

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August 24, 2012
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I don't feel so silly knowing it can happen to us all! Thanks for sharing!

I think these lessons can really teach us, and it's so important to listen to your body and what feedback it, and life in general, is giving you.

 

My hand is healing, but it was touch and go as to whether i'd end up in hospital. A small bit of silicone is showing now where the infected tissue has died. Just have to wait and see what happens i guess!Confused

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 24, 2012
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YellMy bet is you're still pretty silly!!!Yell

I wonder if the skin was too tight or something.  I have heard of slowing going up in size when pearling and also with implants on the head where the skin is tight.

 

Do you think you could have done anything differently?  Do you think you did something wrong?  Please tell us what you would change. 

Glad you are on the mend.

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August 25, 2012
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Yeah i'm still pretty silly!Wink

The placement was fine and the skin not too tight, the flesh in theat area has 'rotted away' exposing the implant.

I feel sure the infection got in vis a crack on a scab which formed after i pulled a couple of layers of skin off removing a dressing.

As for what i'd change…

Dressings with gentler adhesion!

I noticed that fluid rose up through the dermis, and 'lifted' some tissue leaving it fragile. I wonder if a dressing like tegaderm or opsite flexigrid might have helped retain strength in the area and thus reduce risk of breaching the skin?

Anyone hear of this for an implant?

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 25, 2012
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I've heard of some irritation with gauze sticking to the sutures, but nothing like what you've gotten. Have you been back to your artist yet?

August 26, 2012
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I've spoken to him and sent pictures. There's not really a lot we can do until the infection clears up.

It's not unusual in a wound for layers to flake off or become fragile if there is a large amount of fluid to drain, so i guess it must have happened in other implants. I should have taken more care with dressings, but too late now!

 

Still healing well. There's a small bit of implant showing, but it looks like the skin with heal over it. When the wound is as closed as it'll get i might have to discuss options to re-site the implant or suture over it. Just a waiting game now really…

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 27, 2012
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I'm very interested in seeing how this one turns out. So, keep me updated for sure!

August 27, 2012
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When I got my subdermal horn removed, it was because of a very similar problem minus the infection.  Once the skin had, as you described, rotted away such that the implant itself started to show in a small area, that's when we decided it was best to remove it.  By that point, my artist and I figured that it was probably just going to continue to grow out in similar fashion and not heal properly if we kept in in there so, as disappointing as it was, removal seemed the best option.  Now that I've got the horn back, I'm thankful for the decisions we made and the learning experience it turned out to be and especially thankful I never had to deal with any awful infections during the process.

August 27, 2012
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I didn't mean to make the whole thread about my implant, so apologies for hijacking my oen thread! :p

The place where the infected tissue was still seems to be healing well, but where the implant is showing is receding. I reckon this is probably rejecting, so removal seems likely. :(

I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow, and depending on that maybe going to my artist for some intervention/removal the next day. The things we put ourselves through!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 27, 2012
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right!?  Totally self elected weird wound healing stuff!!

sigh… I was really looking forward to reading about your superhero powers of spontaneous healing and regeneration.  I'm sure you will come to a resolution about this specific mod and find a way to express yourself without risking hospitalization.  Are you still pretty set on an implant in your hand?  Will you get a good sized scar?  Maybe that would satisfy?  Are you enjoying the process of all the healing you are going through? 

I always like the healing part.

Maybe the doctor will have a simple solution.

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August 28, 2012
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Well mutant healing might be at play again. The wound now seems fully healed, but in a neat circle around the corner of the implant. Mutant healing or no, this isn't going to heal over in the current placement.

So tomorrow i go to see my artist who hopefully will shift the implant slightly and allow it to heal over. Fingers crossed!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 28, 2012
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Good luck! Have you been taking photos of the healing? Perhaps something can be learned from this? By at least your artist? 

 

Or perhaps you're just a mutant.

August 28, 2012
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I haven't taken many photos, although i should have really. TBH i was a bit embarrassed!Embarassed

 

I'm sure my artist will learn things from trying to re-site it!

I don't feel this was in any way a result of the procedure or my artist's fault, but i do think that when there is a high level of fluid in a high movement area maybe a specific dressing might help.

As it has healed i can see where the infection started, and it's clearly where the dressing adhesive pulled some skin off. Because there was still a pocket under the skin it spread fast though.

The flesh which has degraded wasn't largely on the implant, but has exposed some leading to rejection. My hope is because the implant itself didn't start this, when it is under healthy skin, it'll heal.

I'll keep you all posted!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 29, 2012
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I'm sure once it's under some healthy skin it'll do great. I know that the infection had a perfect environment to spread quickly. That's unfortunate. Our silly bodies and the things we do to them!

August 30, 2012
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Update…..

 

A new pocket has been made around the unhealed area, and the implant shifted to move under it. The corner of the implant has been sutured down, and skin sutured over the remaining exposed area. There's a bit of tension on it, so it might not work, but it's the best shot. If this fails, then we agreed it'll have to be removal.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 31, 2012
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And it's infected again / still.

This is definitely a tough heal!Confused

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