Have just enjoyed my first day of normal vision after being struck in the eye by a thistle on Thursday. I was working at a new site, being paid to help a 20 acre young tree planting succeed in the battle against the grass and weed. It's a great high profile location and will give me and another bloke regular work for the next two or three years.
Anyway back to the "when weeds bite back" ... the day was a shit hot and humid, i was spraying so wearing head to toe protection gear, but as happens my sunglasses kept fogging up so i put them in my pocket and kept working. To knock out thistles that are over 7 ft tall i have to push them over with my boot and spray the underside of the leaves at the base. Anyway one of them must of caught on a tree branch and flicked back at my face, all i remember was thinking i had blinked in time and how lucky i was no spines where stuck in the eye-ball. Thought nothing of it, my eye just feeling a bit bruised.
Next morning was a completely different situation. I woke up unable to open my left eye, the white bits now more blood red then after a big night sharing bongs with a freak brother. Had a very busy day ahead of me, so all i could do was pop a chamomille tea bag on my eye and let a trick i discovered in the old party days try and do some magic.
All it really allowed me to do was eventually open my eye and not wince too much at the pain the bright sunshine was thumping into my head, even with sunglasses on. Spent the rest of the day running around town, in pain most of the time and being told by everyone i knew, that getting the hospital to check things out might be a good idea. I completely agreed, but had to get everything finished and drop the monkeyboy off home before i was going anywhere.
So i eventually got my ass to the local Murbah hospital, had them drop nice numbing drugs into my eyeball and then after some added dye and a probe under the uv lights, i was told my eyeball looked like a scratched up old record. A couple of nights under an eyepatch and some wonder drops and all should be ok, which apart from a dull throb when i look too long at the computer screen, it now is.
Driving home was fun, as was everything else after i lost two thirds of my scope and most of my depth perception. Stopped off at L&A's on the way back and saw on going back to the car, i had parked about two metres from the kerb.
Apart from all the above it's been a manic week, a big catering job at the regional art gallery and finishing off with the Grand Opening of Tyalgum Preschool yesterday. The new building has been finished for the last six months and is now monkeyboy's school, but the official opening had to be delayed while we finished off the final touches. Was a great day, with all the new and old residents there and AJ and i feeling more a part od this community then ever before. Plus the monkey boy had his first ever live performance in front of and audience larger then us and some friends ....and he shined (of course) ..will post the pics soon.
The only other news to report is i have signed up to the facebook thingy if any of you want to seek me out in there.