Back to Work!

Short diary entry – I’m back to work (5 hours today) and even bike commuted.  The weather was glorious.   The itchiness vanished as mysteriously as it came and I feel SO much better.  The redness in my eye is almost gone already.   I’ll post an update after my follow up with Dr. Holland tomorrow…

Corneal Transplant – 1 Week On

The big news here is ITCHINESS.   I am not talking mosquito bite-level, but poison-ivy level.   It’s distracting and keeping me awake.  Benadryl did not help it… I’ve got high hopes that Zyrtec will.   I have decided to wear my glasses in order to remind myself not to rub the eye.  At night, I’m still…

DALK Corneal Surgery – Four Days On

I continue to recover from my DALK corneal transplant/graft procedure on March 9th, and thought I’d bring my (growing) audience up to date on some highlights.  My wife has been a trooper in helping me with things over the last few days, including a bit of grumpiness and anxiety. Positives: Eyelid swelling reduced. Eye redness…

A Roller Coaster Ride – But Improving

Well yesterday and last night have been rough. My 20/50 pinhole eyechart performance was encouraging, but now the vision is all milky again and the swelling itches worse than anything. Took benadryl to sleep. Naturally, I worry about rejection, but I only have the milky vision this morning, which is only one symptom. Not the…

My DALK Corneal Surgery Day

Around 10:30 AM yesterday, we arrived at the St. Elizabeth SurgiCenter for my DALK procedure.  After a brief wait I was taken back to the prep area where the nurses to sign papers, took my weight and temperature, and checked my vitals.  I was hooked to an automated blood pressure monitor and shortly after, an…

Surgery update.

A full report will come soon with photos and lots of info, but this is just to let all know that things went very well.

Fix This One

Just about everyone I’ve talked to at the Eye Center have asked me which eye they were operating on.   I’m sure it’s part of quality control.  Anyway, I thought I might play a joke by arriving with this helpful note affixed. Well, tomorrow is the day. Developments today are minimal – verified that pharmacy had…

Pre-Op Activity, Weekend Stuff

Somewhat boring entry today…I had conversations with two staff at CEI Thursday, received directions and instructions for surgery day.   Also filled one of my prescriptions at the pharmacy, and blocked out my work calendar.  My office-mates and friends have been offering support and curiosity about what’s happening. I can’t eat or drink after midnight…

Thoughts on Organ and Tissue Donation

On Monday or Tuesday, someone is going to die. A man, a woman, older or younger, black, white, Asian, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Gay, Straight…. someone will be lost.. Thanks to a 10 second investment, signing a donor card or answering a donation question, an eye will be harvested, sent to an eye bank and the…