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9th-Dec-2007 11:14 pm
fantomas doll
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.
10th-Dec-2007 10:15 am (UTC) - Ouch!
Shit! What is the future prognosis? Total repair?

I hope so. The work you do is ridiculously commendable, would hate to hear it injured you in return :(

Take care Mr!
10th-Dec-2007 12:08 pm (UTC) - Re: Ouch!
Prognosis is pretty good, the doc said i should be fine, but any serious pain again and i should get back there quickly.
Two days using it again, feels a bit tender but ok.

The work you do is ridiculously commendable ...., thankyou so very much :)
It's such physically and mentally draining work, sometimes feels hopeless when we look at the shit going on around us, at least i can say i tried (and made a living from it) ... hearing the support from you and others really helps, thankyou again.

12th-Dec-2007 10:37 am (UTC) - Re: Ouch!
A lot of things feel hopeless - if I listened to the negativity surrounding recycling I wouldn't bother but surely it helps???

I do whatever I can (maniacally so) but I often wonder if it even makes a dent :(

I heard stats on paper usage/wastage/recycling the other day and nearly cried. My boss won't pay for paper recycling (only secure document shredding for security reasons) and he has an entire staff totally committed to recycling. We recycle approx. 14% of paper nationally damn it. I don't *know* a whole lot about this but feel the need to do more ...

Living in such a built up area can dull the senses you know? Kudos to you and your bigger picture - it's inspiring :)
10th-Dec-2007 11:52 am (UTC)
Yikes big man, that sounds painful.

Can't wait to see pics of Monkey Boy on stage!

Friended you on Facebook... watch out, it can be addictive in a weird way :)
10th-Dec-2007 12:26 pm (UTC)

...it can be addictive in a weird way .. so it seems, haven't much time right now to get too hooked but am sure i will be soon :)

see you in there :)
14th-Dec-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm starting to get used to the humidity up north while wearing thick long pants and a long sleaved disco shirt (bright orange shirt with reflective tape sewn in around it every 15 cm or so), hard hat and safety glasses. I can't speak highly enough of the safety gear, bbut it's easy to forget it. I had a run in with a large country huntsman spider yesterday on site. Now, like you with your glasses, I should have had leather gloves on, but it's humid and hot so I left them in the truck. I was installing a sim card in one of our portable electronic message signs and had to open the front panel to get to the modem. I unlocked the sign face and then put my thumb under a small handle to lift the face out. I felt a soft pouch and then warm liquid as the pouch burst. Next, the legs came out and the head and I saw the biggest darn huntsman I have ever seen with its abdomen hanging loosley from the front half of the body. I can't believe it didn't bite me and then I remembered the gloves. It pays o keep them on. Thankfully, I wasn't injured unlike you my friend. hope that you heal well and regain full vision. It sucks not being able to see.
21st-Dec-2007 11:06 am (UTC) - safety gear on a summers day

Leather gloves on a summers day sound like a luxury compared to what i wear for this spray work .... king-gee overalls, knee high rubber boots and elbow length thick rubber gloves, plus hat and face mask ... and if that doesn't build up enough sweat, i have 10 lt of chemical in a pack on my back ...no wonder most of the regeners take the mid summer off work i'm noticing :)

Looking forward to catching up in the new year :)
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