2 days post-graft

6 Jul

Today has definitely been a day of ups and downs.  I should probably point out at this stage that I am not a very patient person!  Last night I was watching tv in the living room, I didn’t have my right lense in (I also have Keratoconus in my right eye and some scarring – but not as bad as my left eye was).  I covered the right eye and was completely amazed that I could actually just about make out a word on the tv with my left eye, which I couldn’t do with my uncorrected right eye.  I was completely shocked at this and ran in to the kitchen to tell Rich, who I think thought I shouldn’t be ‘self testing’ my eyes quite so soon!  Also amazingly I had less glare from the light in my left eye that my right.  After these little experiments I headed to bed at 10pm, and other than waking up at about 4pm I slept until Rich woke me for my drops at 8am.

This morning I was feeling great, no pain in my eye and feeling really positive.  I came downstairs, did a little bit of tidying in the kitchen, went on the ipad for 20 minutes and thought how well I was doing.  My body then decided the remind me with a bump that I have just had a corneal transplant and this was not in fact a normal Friday.  My eye became quite sore and I have felt really sick all afternoon.  I got a headache which I’ve taken ibuprofen and paracetamol for.  My eyes have also been streaming a lot more than yesterday it feels like.  I went to bed at around 2pm until about 5pm where I dozed and then got up to come down to sit on the sofa.  I also think that sitting in the dark doesn’t really help one’s mood!  I guess I got a little carried away with feeling good this morning and was already planning to venture out….like I said I am impatient!  Still things could be a lot worse, and I am feeling lucky to have been able to have the operation. 

One interesting thing that I didn’t mention yesterday was that Mr Larkin said that although I had to have a full thickness (Penetrating keratoplasty) the chances of rejection were not higher than in the partial thickness graft (Still around 5%) and nor were the complications any higher in full thickness.  This was interesting as information on the internet seems to point to full thickness grafts having more complications.

Until tomorrow, Emma x

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