EOL: Eye Progress
As it turns out, that latest PowersCosmic strip [Above] (which i did prior to the surgery) is unlikely to be accurate at all — and not just because corneas don’t talk — because the cornea that I received was donated by a young guy who was probably just as frightened of the romantic comedy section at blockbuster as I am.
It’s just after 3 am as I write this, which is just over 35 hours since the operation and immediately after the longest block of sleep I’ve had since arriving home. The first night was quite difficult, I could only manage to sleep for short periods at a time as the pain was ridiculous: I can only describe it as being like there were a thousand Mexican Fire Ants giving each other battery-acid and steel-wool enemas in my eye socket. However they’ve all moved on to where-ever imaginary pain insects go after having a good irrigation and my eye feels little more than ‘irritated’ now. I still can’t touch my eye lid without wincing in pain, which I do every time I wipe my eye, which I have to do quite often because it’s still weeping A LOT.
On the whole I feel like I’m recovering quite well and the surgeon agrees. I had an appointment yesterday (the day after the transplant) to remove the protective bandage and he (the Surgeon, not the bandage) seemed to be happy with the way the cornea was sitting and various other aspects of how the surgery had gone.
I’ll try to update again soon, but even writing this post has taken it out of me (I’ve had to type standing up and looking down at the screen, because there’s less pressure on my eye that way) and my eye has started to weep pretty badly again.
Thanks for all of the emails (and phone calls) folks, I’ll try to reply to everyone as I can, but this is probably the best place to find progress reports.
Finally, please take a short moment to spare a thought for the family and friends of the young man who lost his life recently. His decision to be an organ donor has meant the lives of many people will be changed for the better, mine included.