Day 11 - Well ladies, and gentlemen, I experienced my first very small issue late last night on Day 10. I've been so good following all instructions and then some staying down, relaxed, and pampering myself for over a weeks, but I was getting stir crazy not getting ready and going out to see friends. So, yesterday, Saturday, was such a beautiful day here on the Central Coast so I decided to get about. I showered and got ready very carefully putting makeup on so as not to get any makeup on my incision scar (no concealer, foundation, eyeliner, nada). Before applying any makeup, I applied SPF 50 sunscreen to my eye area (noted as a "must have" item below), and with sunglasses in tote I headed out. First to Wal-mart to grab Vanilla Soy Milk & Green Chai Tea for home-made Vanilla Soy Chai Lattes (chilled and delicious), where I walked across the parking lot without sunglasses on, but, due to the wind/sun, I returned to my car wearing them. Then, on to a friends place where I stayed inside most of the time. We periodically sat outside on her exotically decorated deck. I sat in an area shaded with in thin, pale drapery, but after awhile I noticed the wind was stirring up a bit of dust and dirt. I hadn't been wearing my sunglasses as I had on my 50 SPF, but decided to put them on. I was gone about 4 hours (1-5 pm). I returned home and relaxed for awhile, and around 8 pm I watered my lawn and retired for the evening satisfied that I hadn't "over-done it". Around 11 pm I felt like something was in my left eye. Fairly sure it was another sclera "bubble" that would resolve with one steroid eye drop, I went to the mirror to see. No sclera swelling, no sunburn (my sunscreen worked wonderfully), but the rims of my eyelids were a bit red and slightly irritated. My swelling seemed normal, and I saw nothing too alarming so I used my corticosteroid eye drops, took 4 Arnica pills (I'm out of Bromalain now), used some Cortisone under eye then added some Real Tears eye drops; however, I could not shake the "gritty" feeling in my eyes, the left especially. After awhile, I looked again, this time behind my eyelids, without pulling them open too much, for a stray eyelash, or possibly a "lost" stitch, but I'd only had 3 stitches: 1 straight across each upper eyelid, and 1 at each tear trough, and all 3 came out in 1 piece smoothly so I wasn't expecting that), and that's when I saw an enlarged pore just below the rim inside my eye's conjunctiva. I'd noticed this poor a couple years prior when it turned into a blackhead, and I couldn't squeeze it then either due to it's position, and had to just wait for it to resolve itself, which it did after about a week. How weird is that having a pore/blackhead on the rim of your eyelid? I thought it had gone away, or, at least, shrunk small enough to not be an issue again, but there it was, and it was probably enlarged due to swelling. I thought maybe a bit of dirt had gotten inside it from being out in the elements without my sunglasses, but it was probably just the enlarged pore itself rubbing against my eyeball that was causing the bothersome feeling. I washed my hands to attempt to clear the pore out just in case something was inside that needed to come out to allow the pore to settle knowing from previous experience that probably wouldn't be fruitful, and I pushed lightly at each side just once with my clean fingernail. A tiny bit of blood came out and I immediately stopped hoping anything that may have been inside came out with the tiny bit of blood. It was late on a Saturday night so I didn't call my doctor. I then flushed my eyes with my simulated tear drops, and I added a dot of the Bacitracin ointment directly onto the pore. Bacitracin is a anti-fungal/antibiotic, and I'd read it can be applied directly to the eyeball in the included pamphlet from the drug store. I tried sleeping, keeping my eyes closed, hoping it would resolve itself by morning; however, it was extremely hard to sleep as the gritty feeling was maddening. I took a sleep aid and eventually drifted off to sleep. I awoke this morning feeling much better, no gritty feeling, and the poor smoothed down and just looks like a tiny red line instead of a round pore now and I'm so glad. What a pain in @#$%! I believe that, because I wasn't meticulous about wearing my sunglasses (because I had this great SPF sunscreen), the wind allowed dust, dirt, and allergens inside my eyes irritating the pore, which was probably already enlarged from swelling.
So the moral of the story is WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES! They don't just protect your eyes from the sun they protect them from wind, dust, dirt, allergens, and whatever else the wind may carry on it's journey...into your eye!
MUST HAVE THIS PRODUCT: Sunscreen: "Dab-On Spot Stick" by Ocean Potion with SPF 50+, and 80 minute Water Resistant. This product is amazing, because it's clear, drys immediately, non-greasy, and it doesn't sting due to it being Fragrance, Oxybenzone, & Paraben Free with Vitamin D3! It doesn't feel like you have anything on at all so you can apply it under makeup without notice. It's fabulous! It's in a small tube you can keep in your pocket, and it's only $3.95 at Wal-mart. All you do is press the flat cloth covered top with your fingertip and a small amount comes out clear, and just dab it on the "new" skin (if you've had a chemical peel), and along any incision scar.
NOTE: Always use sunscreen on any scar for at least 6 months. The sun causes a scar to stay red and raised, and disallows it to heal properly.
Other than that little incident, which actually happened on Day 10, Day 11 is going very well. I'm staying in today to ensure the pore heals, and I am going to relax. I've added 2 new photos, but you cannot see the pore; however, some greenish bruising developed around that eye today probably from me messing with it. The pore now just looks like a tiny red line, not a pore/tiny hole, and I'm hopeful it will stay that way and never bother me again.
BE PATIENT - EYES ARE SENSITIVE I've learned to be patient again. I am only 1 1/2 weeks out, and just because my eyes looked pretty normal with just minimal swelling they are still healing with a long way to go. The eyes are extremely sensitive, but I've never worn glasses/contacts, or had many issues with them so I forget this, and surgery is very invasive so I have to take care of them for a lot longer than 1 1/2 weeks! Take care everyone.