Uh Oh… a Suture Broke

I haven’t written a post  in while. As they say, no news is good news. Everything had been going well for the most part. My vision has been pretty stable and I’ve seen slight improvements in my vision during eye exams. I got my last pair of glasses in March. I didn’t find glasses that I liked at my optometrist’s office, so I ordered a couple pairs from Glasses.com. They did a surprisingly good job filling the prescription. With such a high index, I didn’t know what to expect. One of the pairs had Transitions lenses, which tint in sunlight. I wasn’t sure how I would like not having control over the tint, but those has worked out well. I always seem to lose or break the snap-on sunglasses that came with past frames. The Transitions lenses haven’t been an annoyance when moving indoors, which was a concern. I only wish they tinted a little darker, and a little quicker.

Now, on to the incident. This past Sunday, I started to feel some irritation in my left eye. It felt a lot like I had an eyelash in my eye. Monday during work, my eye was still watering. I bought some wetting drops, but I still felt the irritation. My eye was also starting to get a little red. By Tuesday morning I know it was time to see Dr. Chow. I scheduled an emergency appointment and he was able to see me later that morning. He poked around in my eye and noticed that one suture was loose. He decided to remove two of the sutures on the left side, about a 30 second procedure. I could tell as soon as he was done that the main source of the irritation was gone.

This was my first broken suture. I had a feeling about what was going, since some of the stories I read mentioned the sensation I was feeling. I was a little concerned because the stories mentioned the sutures don’t always come out cleanly or can become buried in the graft. My transplant took place more than 3 years ago, so I was expecting the worst. During the procedure I felt a little tug, but no pain and no other issues.

I went home and took a long nap. When I woke up I felt a lot better.

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I am a cancer survivor and 2018 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Candidate. I reside in Southfield, Michigan with my wife and two kids.

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