I had some work done in theatre on my left eye to get it in better shape for the cornea transplant coming up.
Because I have a lot of deep blood vessels growing into the middle of the cornea from the inflammation of scleritis my doctor has had to try and get rid of them because leaving them would give a graft a very high rejection rate. The procedure I was having was to cauterise the blood vessels.
I had sedation and a nerve block for the procedure, I remember two things, the first one being that the first cut he made hurt, I let him know and he adjusted the pain med and then right at the end I remembering him saying that he was going to put a bandage lens in. The whole procedure went past in a blur and the next thing I knew I was in recovery. My doctor looks extremely cute in his operating scrubs; I sure hope I didn’t tell him that in my medication induced haze LOL
I was home by lunch time and spent the afternoon sleeping. Once the meds had worn off it was really quite painful. I had a horrible gritty feeling like something was in my eye and was really irritating it.
I had a follow up appointment in the clinic two days later and he was happy with how it has gone but he couldn’t really give me an outcome yet because it has only just started to heal. I was kind of disappointed that he didn’t book my graft in; I was so excited that this final step was done and we could move on. Anyway I have to see him again in 2 weeks and in the meantime I am using 2 drops, a steroid and an antibiotic 4 times a day. There could be some more scarring to come on this poor old battered cornea as he made 9 holes in the cornea to cauterise the vessels.
Monday I am seeing my Rheumatologist who will hopefully give the go ahead to continue with the Infliximab infusions which are working really well. Guess a lot depends on my blood tests etc but at this stage I would be gutted if they stopped it as I am doing so well and have adjusted to the side effects, and I really feel that if they stop this med the scleritis will come back. Sometimes I feel it in the background but it doesn’t amount to anything because of the Infliximab.
Well that’s about all the news for now, more to come in 2 weeks with hopefully a booking for a graft!