1 day post graft

5 Jul

I had hoped to update about the op yesterday but it was quite late once I came back up from surgery so I’ll tell you about the op today.

At hospital pre-op

 

I arrived at the private ward at moorfields at 4:30 yesterday. Once I was in my room the nurses came to take blood pressure, temperature and a questionnaire about my medical history. I was asked about 10 times what eye they were operating on!! (I guess it’s important they get this right!) I then saw Mr Larkin who ran through what would be happening in the op and then was visited by the anaesthetist about that side of things. I was taken down to theatre at about 6:15 where I was put on the bed, made comfortable with my head in a rest and then was put to sleep.

The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room, I was in quite a lot of pain when I woke and was given some painkillers and taken back to my room. The pain was a stabbing pain so I told the nurse who then asked me where the pain was!!! Once we had established that it was my eye that was the cause of the pain, in the end I was given morphine for this (squirted into my mouth from a syringe).

Straight after the op (a little out of it!)

At about 9:30pm I saw Mr Larkin again and he said that the surgery had gone very well and that he had had to do a full thickness graft instead of a partial thickness as the cornea at the front of my eye was too thin.

I stayed overnight in Moorfields and the next morning was given drops at 7am, the bandage was removed and the eyelid was cleaned. I was also told that they don’t put patches on patients any more, so my eye has been uncovered since. When I woke up the eye was still painful and sore but the stabbing pain from the night before had gone, so I was given codeine for the pain and put some sunglasses on, even though the room was dark, as I was extremely sensitive to light. Breakfast was a struggle as I couldn’t really see what I was eating!

Rich arrived to take me home at about half 9 and I spent the journey home with a rug over my head because of the light. Since being home, I have been on the sofa with the curtains closed and have been quite tired. Rich has been putting drops in the eye – every 2 hours the anti-rejection drops and every 4 hours the anti-biotic drops.

The pain is not as bad now, the eye has been uncomfortable all day and streaming but now (7:50pm) I’m not in any pain and the eye feels quite comfortable but still watery (I am still on paracetamol and ibuprofen) My vision out of the left eye is cloudy and blurred but I can see more than I expected to, which is amazing considering surgery was only 24 hours ago. Sorry for the rambling nature of this post, I am dictating this to Rich at the moment!

Eye this afternoon….

Eye 1 post-graft

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