The deed is done. I have a new cornea! Here's the last week, in one nice big update:
May 3 at 9:39am
The Surgery center called. Dr is on schedule today so they asked if I could come in earlier. Center is just 4 minutes away, so in we go!
May 3 at 11:09am
Waiting in the surgery waiting room. Moments after this was taken, they came and got me for surgery.
May 3 at 2:03pm
Out of surgery and loaded up! Off to pick up 7 different prescriptions!
May 3 at 9:57pm
Anesthesiologist said the drugs would last about 8 hours. Started to feel a twinge of pain about 1/2 hour ago, so I'd say that was a good call. Tasty chocolate edible made with the devil's lettuce taken.
May 4 at 9:11am
Just finished post op follow up appointment. Dr pleased with day 2 results; donor epithelials sloughing which is normal, meaning my own will grow and replace. Next appointment .s in one week.
(Here you can see the stitches and what looks like a drop off near the pupil is where the donor epithelials have sloughed off. Dr Aiello is expecting most or all of my own epithelials to have grown by our next follow up appointment.)
May 4 at 4:00pm
Woke up to very little discomfort in my eye this morning and we made our way to Scottsdale for another follow up appointment with Dr Aiello today. He's pleased with the progress (granted, it's small steps, but as expected). The protective contact is out, to allow normal growth and healing now that my own epithelial have grown.
My eye is still more grey-ish in color than brown.
Sadly, there will be no "pirate patching" of the eye guard. Dr Aiello wants the eye covered and protected at all times (until further notice) and for the shield NOT to move -- an elastic band would be contrary to that. Another change in the meds - heavy on the anti-rejection/steriods.
As far as vision goes - It's nowhere near contact lens 20/60, but better than before. I can make out distinct shapes of cars on the road, if the wheels are colored or shiny, I can see them. Through the holes in the eye guard (functioning as a pinhole occluder), I can see my fingers individually as they type on the keyboard! That can and likely will change day to day as the eye heals and my body adjusts to the new cornea.
I'm putting a lot of medications in my eye. Some once or twice a day, some several times, every couple of hours. The short list of what I'm taking/putting in my eye:
The eye guard is a permanent fixture until Dr. Aiello says otherwise. No pirate patching either. He wants it to stay put, not be easy to move around. Considering what he's done for me, I'll follow the rules.
This is one of a series of blog posts about my ongoing Keratoconus treatments. You can find all the posts at The Keratoconus Chronicles page.
Vehicula fermentum ligula at pretium.