While getting out of my jeep Christmas Eve, I turned and managed to stick my eye with a branch of a nightshade bush. I toughed it out for a few hours, but contrary to previous experience with eye injuries the pain got worse not better and my wife drove me to urgent care just after dinner. Well, after some anesthetic eye drops put me in a much better mood the kind doctor informed me I'd scratched my cornea rather deeply and that it would be "uncomfortable" the next day. I asked for some of the magic eye drops but was told they led to blindness if overused, so we left with a prescription for Vicodan and some antibiotic eyedrops... by the time I got
the Vicodan the eye drops had worn off and I was pretty eager for some relief. I spent the next day (Christmas) in a haze, with the
worst edge off the pain but still in distress. Ended up sleeping about 18 hours that day and the better part of the next as well.
Fortunately eye injuries like this heal quickly, and this one is largely gone save
some blurring which I expect to be gone tomorrow. However, I thought I'd remind
everyone who sometimes cheats on eye protection that this isn't a game you want to lose. Wear your eye protection! The doctor
told me some of her patients received their
injuries because of things richoceting up
inside their glasses.... so wear something
close fitting. I know my next purchase for
the shop will include better safety gear for
me everyone else who's around the shop.
Better safe than sorry -