WEEK 2 : Magnet Implant

Well, hello everyone.
As we changed our hoster recently, it took me some time to get back to writing a new entry.

I have had my magnetic implant for nearly two weeks now.

Summary: It’s healing well and I can feel stuff.

Decompressed version: The incision is healing very well. I still have the small 5mm long scab where the cut was made. But it’s all right now. The bruise calmed down and disappeared eventually. The markings where Oli marked the incision and the final place of the magnet beneath the skin wete washed away. There is hardly something left, you can only tell by the slightly stretched skin that there is something.

At first I was very careful. I was not sure if “trying to feel something” would also count as “playing around with it” which was, if you remember, forbidden by Oli to prevent an increased chance of rejection (which [attention, no-brainer] I definitively don’t want). After I told Oli that I can already feel my microwave (which will be the first thing you ever feel, because they are very strong) he said I should carefully try.

Well, I called him while I was at work and there was nothing obvious to test (if I didn’t want to look like a creep).
As I got home, instead of using my tower PC as usual, I took my laptop and threw myself on the couch. And then there was this slightly THE FUCK moment.
My implant had vibrated. Sure, the fact and the feeling itself was not terrifying or scary. To feel that was what I expected… in a month or so.
As someone who dismantled his laptop already several times to clean I knew that where my left hand was, there also was the HDD.
I tried again and jep, there was something. After some experimenting I knew that it was not the motor who spins the platter, it was the write/read arm.
Which I can feel when he moves to grab or write data from/on the HDD.

OK, all right. Mysterious feeling solved. Let’s try another one.
Then I did some work on my laptop to force it to cool down.
Who can guess why I wanted this? Right, I aimed for the CPU cooler.
And it worked. I could feel the motor from the ventilator. My third idea was a wild guess, but I tried anyway. Started Spotify and pulled the volume up.
Here’s a little fact about my laptop: I have 3 speakers: 2 of them on the front base, the usual left and right. And a third one, a low budged bass box excuse on the bottom.
And my result on this third test: the frequencies of the front l/r are to high to really sense them. But: I could sense (through the laptop) the field of the bass speaker very well which runs with way lower frequencies.
Afterwards I tried to find the standby sensor. It’s usually realized by a magnet in the lid and a reed contact (magnet sensor) in the base. But I couldn’t find it, or at least not trigger it.

Next surprise of sensing: I have an electric tooth brush. Nothing spectacular about that, standard Oral B model.
As a right handed person I usually brush with my right hand. But I wanted to sort my bathroom cupboard while brushing, so I took the brush in the left hand.
As I knew the sensation already I didn’t threw the brush across the bathroom. But of course I stopped and tried a bit… brush on, bush off brush on, brush off….
Jep, it looks like I can feel the motor of the electric tooth brush too.
After that I turned on my vertical ventilator and searched for the motor. First tried on the top, nope, nothing. Then I went to the bottom of the vent and found it. The already known vibrating sensation of a motor.

After that very eventful day I went to bed.

The following days I was watching more carefully. Now I knew what to watch for. I knew how it would feel, what sensation I needed to look for.
I went through the world more watching, more trying to sense. Aaaand I found it.

The first thing that greeted me with his magnetic field was our check clock at work.

We use RFID/NFC cards. So of course it would have a magnetic field to induce a current to the NFC antenna.

Same as my smart phone does it with my NFC implant. But with my smartphone I don’t feel anything. But this damn clock. Hell of a magnetic field. 20cm is the nearest I will get my left hand to this thing. Also only realized it because, rather than usual with my right hand, I wiped (or at least tried) my card with my left hand over the clock. Nearly dropped the card. The reflex is comparable as if someone unexpectedly shines a damn bright light into your face and you shield your eyes. I pulled back my hand as if I had just grabbed into a fire. Luckily I’m usually that early that no one else is @work that time, so no one saw it and raised an eyebrow.

Same day, around noon. Time for lunch. We (a few co-workers and me) are usually going to a little restaurant at the end of the street, as we did this day too.
On the way we passed one of this grey boxes. Usually, when you pass one of these you don’t even watch them, don’t think about them.

grey box

I also did this on the way to lunch, as this box was on my right side when passing it.
But on the way back, this box was on my left side when passing it. So my magnet was nearer to this box. And as we also needed to eschew a cyclist I literally bumped against the box.
And what should I say? High voltage is fun, high voltage brings movement in some things, high voltage can roast some stuff aaand high voltage has nice magnetic fields. It’s not like this…. I would describe it as noisy annoying twitchy high pitch… from the clock in the morning.
It was more a nice smooth homogeneous field. It’s kind of hard to describe a non magnet implant person how a magnetic field feels. It’s as if you want to describe a blind person colours.
But anyway. As it was nice’n smooth I didn’t freak kinda out, so still no eyebrow rising co-workers (bummer: up to date still none ^^ )

Last thing I can tell about “field”-exploration: metro.
Honestly I’m not entirely sure about this one. We have 2-parted metro trains with a joint in the middle. Beneath those joints are cabinets with train related electronics.

metro joint

As I stood right beside one of those cabinets, I think I felt a slight buzzing any time the train accelerated. But it was too weak to tell for sure. If I remember correctly the system works with 700V / 400 amps, so there should be enough juice to generate a proper sensible field.

What else to report about magnetic fields?… Ah right, static fields.
All fields I talked above are pulsed fields. Constantly changing the polarization. That gives them this buzzy feeling.
For me it’s (at least right now) a lot harder to sense static fields. Ok, this might be because I try to stay away from magnets with my implanted magnet.
Also hard to tell: is a metal magnetic or not? Of course you can just touch it and if you feel the magnet sticking atΒ the object, well, its magnetic.
But I honestly don’t like the sensation of metal objects sticking to my magnet. It’s just… meh…

So, after the sensing report, what else can I say….??.. Ah right…
I had a “well, shit” moment the 4th? day after the implantation. I tried to open the door of my washing machine. And as the door opens to the left, Β I usual stand right of it and grab the spring-loaded handle with my left hand. And the spring is strong, so you really don’t just pet this handle. And well, of course something happened what must’ve happened. Out of reflex, I didn’t even think about it and… shit….. this damn hurt like hell. F**k bees sting you, f**k alligators eatΒ your arm, f**k Godzilla stomps you into the ground. But hey, apparently my tissue took it well and it heals fine.

PS: I will try to introduce some kind of “usual” end note for my posts.
so, here it is:

While writing, I listened to this song and the through this song generated Song Radio playlist.

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