DALK Transplant – A photo of my healing eye

There are some who would rather not see healing eye photos, but still want to read the blog, so I have placed the day-5-healing-eye photo behind this cute fuzzy kitten. The photo shows my eye, and the medical contact lens on it, still red from the surgery.  Compared to a perfect eye it looks rough,…

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.

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…

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…

Examples of Keratoconic Vision Simulations

I did a bit of searching for good examples of how life looks when you have Keratoconus… Here are the images I found.   Some images weren’t credited… so if you are the creator/artist/photographer and I have used an image you would like removed, please make contact with me.

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…