We were told to do cold wet compresses for 10 minutes every 10 minutes. We did a lot at the hospital the first day and I started to notice the dissolvable stitches were coming out yesterday. By today they are gone. I keep telling surgeons that I don't like them because they don't last long enough.
I got up to get her food and told her to stay there, in the center of the bed. She must have panicked and crawled away from the center of the bed looking for me and fell out. I ran upstairs and she was sitting on the floor. I looked her over and she was fine but she was bawling and the tears from her right eye were especially bloody. (This photo was taken an hour or so ago.) Since the swelling had gone down a little I very gently spread the lids so I could see and it appears that the corner of her eye is no longer stitched together and is separated where they did the canthopexy. I called the surgeon and he assured me that if there is a problem he can fix it but for now there is nothing they can do because of the swelling. I'm afraid it will heal this way and leave a wider than desirable scar that they will say is "good enough". I can't help but think perhaps nylon stitches might have made a difference, but I suppose with this degree of swelling it might have torn. At this point we have to wait for the swelling to go down. I hope things go better tomorrow. The surgeon will see her Tuesday, Monday if it looks like it's more urgent but the swelling has gone down enough they could do something. Her legs don't seem to be bothering her at all. We're supposed to keep with the ice packs but she doesn't like it anymore, I think perhaps it doesn't hurt enough that it feels good to her anymore. She is just SO miserable and clingy. And I can't leave her alone even for a second. And she wants me, not daddy, Evie or Adrian. I'm really hoping that the swelling goes down enough so she can see even just a little because I think that will make all the difference. I hope I'm not encouraging her dependence on me and making it worse by holding her all day and night. I just feel so bad for her and don't know what else to do.