One of the problems with having devices inserted into your body is the possibility that your body may be allergic to them and react unfavourably or even try to reject them.as we all know this also happens with living tissue and the need for anti rejection medicines is standard practise in most post transplant patients.
My lovely new bling recently inserted is made of Nitinol which is a compound of 50% nickel and 50% titanium and clearly states on the packaging not suitable for patients with a nickel allergy,
During a good part of my life i have suffered an allergy to nickel,things such as watch strap buckles,the sides of my spectacles and even the studs on my beloved 501's have given me a nasty skin rash made worse by scratching the almost incessant itching and bearing this in mind and some time prior to my procedure i requested an allergy test via my Gp.
Well the referral process for such a simple test is agonizingly slow so in desperation i researched Nitinol on the wonder web and found what they call magic wire on e.bay.this wonderful stuff is often used to perform so called magic tricks because subject to certain temps you can reheat it once bent and it will revert to it's original shape.so Eureka i fashioned a bracelet with the said magic wire,wore it for 3 days and lo and behold suffered no reaction and with that result i took the chance and having signed a disclaimer with my consultant proceeded with the inserts.
3 weeks post procedure and i have just reached stage one of the allergy test referral procedure,i explained to the dermatological consultant the necessity for the test and he begrudgingly accepted my request and will pass me on to yet another hospital to have a simple skin patch test that costs next to nothing and can be done with 2 quick visits,one to apply the patch and the second to observe for reactions.as soon as he had signed the go ahead i let slip that i had the procedure done 3 weeks ago and he let rip into me,advising me in his wonderful east european accent that i had deceived him and that it was not good practise to tell lies to the Nhs,i was astounded,i explained that the test results would be useful for the future should i suffer an unexpected complication or inflammation and on elimination of other reasons it could be the cause but to him i was a bounder and a very bad hombre so i left feeling like a proper scoundrel.but bugger him at least i will finally get my test but talk about shutting the door after the horse has bolted.i do myself and the Nhs a favour and i get a bollocking.
Non allergic Ski's and a cat that doesn't care.xx