New – DALK Transplant Chronology

Quick post to let you know that I just made a new page which covers the chronology from my first Dr. appt to one year after the surgery.  Same posts, but in chronological order. http://corneanews.com/about-kerataconus/chronology/

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…

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…

Corneal Transplant Countdown – 1 week to go

It’s been a good week.  The signs of Spring are all around Kentucky.  If there is a more beautiful place to be in the Spring than Kentucky, I’ve not found it.  Soon foals will be visible in the plank-wood fields in the rural parts of the state and Lexington’s downtown will get busier during the…

2 Weeks To Go – Pre-surgery Physical

Had my pre-surgical physical today in Lexington at Baptist Family Medicine Clinic – with my long-time family MD. No surprises. I am healthy and should be good to go. Blood test, a few questions, and I was out of there. Scale was friendly – showing I’d dropped 11 lbs. Blood pressure was completely normal –…

Finally… Some Good Pictures of my Cone

Well, I set out today to take a good quality picture of my cone, and managed to do it (after 20-30 tries) with my iPhone4.    It’s not easy getting the alignment right. Alas… you now see the culprit.  A ugly, lumpy cornea with a bulge at the bottom.   If you zoom these, the cone is…

Keratoconus can make the cornea ultra-sensitive

Yesterday, I had a bad “removal” event with my lens. When taking out my semi-sclarel lens, something didn’t go right.  Either I didn’t pre-lube it enough or just had a bad angle.  The removal does something to the nerve endings of the cornea and “whap” – pain!    I can pretty much count on it hurting…

Surgery Countdown – Less than 3 weeks

Well, as the days tick by, I’m becoming more acutely aware of my forthcoming date with Dr. Holland.  I’ve began to plan things a bit for those 2-3 weeks after the surgery when I’m certain not to be at my best. getting a physical. informing clients of my absence. scaling down work schedule for the…

Keratoconus’ Effect On Life #1

As I look down my Facebook events a moment ago, I see the following: Not attending Not attending Not attending Not attending Almost imperceptively, Keratoconus has given me an impulsive “can’t go” reaction to everything that happens after 8PM.   I know my eyes will be hurting and dry by then, and will want to stay…

Keratoconus and sleep

Short 3am diary post from bed. Three nights now the KC has interrupted my sleep. I’m getting low quality sleep and hope that this improves after surgery. Lubricant just doesn’t last long enough and I awake to a dry eye.