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Todays the first since thursday i've been able to get mt gttalk fix. Thursday late in the day at work I was working on an airline that was frozen on our flatbed truck. I had the line unhooked from the compressor in the morning and put air line antifreeze/alcohol in the line. I left it until the end of the day to work on the ice in the line. I rehooked it at the compressor and then unhooked it where it goes into the reciever/dryer to see if it had made aby changes as there was ice at the end of the line in the morning. The ice was now liquidy so I started the truck and walked around the passenger side to where the line was. Just as i bent down to feel if there was any air coming out it built up enough pressure behind the block to force it out. Unfortunately for me the line was facing at an upward angle towards my face and it nailed me right smack in the middle of my eyes. It took me a few seconds to catch my breath as the anti freeze also has a drying chemical in it which took my breath away. I had to go to the ER where they put a thing in each eye which resembled a contact that had a tube hooked to it and a bag of saline that they flushed each out with. Would not reccomend it as you cannot blink or move your eyelid while its in which takes about 15 minutes per eye. They said I had no tears or penetrations that thye could see but they sent me to the only on call specailist they could find as by this time it was after 6pm. That specialista was an hour norh at williamsport pa. They covered my eyes with patches and I was not allowed to open or even blink both eyes formover an hour till we got there. That opthomologist determined that I had a quite bad chemical burn in both eyes and that the protective film over my corneas was gone from both eyes as well. Good thing is that this protective layer regenerates every 7 days so it will heal. She also did a vision test and my eyesight is still 20/20 which is good. She made me a followup appointment at my regular eye doc yesterday who confirmed what she had found and he said that there is no permanent damage but I will be in pain for a few days and it wont completely heal for at least a week maybe two. I have to take an antibiotic drop in each eye every two hours as well as a chemical free artificial tear drop every two hours as well. I have them staggered so I am putting a drop in each eye every hour. So in a week or so I should be back to my old self again.

My face also looks like a pin cushion as the ice and dirt in the line cut up my face and nose. I look like someone beat me up as my eyes are very swollen and red. I am sure someone was keeping an eye on me when it happened as it could have been a LOT worse. Be careful out there and don't do like I did!

P.S. Under edit please pardon my grrammer today as it still tough to see the keyboard properly. LOL!!!
 

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Talk about being lucky, glad all will be good in time!

Funny how eyes can "self heal" , I know over the years I've had many eye injuries (*usually metal)

that hurt like "just shot me", :D and after a trip to ER, pain meds. a day or two of rest you wake up and all is forgotten.

* I found out metal can rust is your eye, had a ring on the white part from where they dig out some metal, course I also waited a week to go see the Dr. :poke:
 
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Glad you will heal in time without permanent damage.

I use air pressure all the time to blow out clogged line and things. I have made some real messes blowing sludge out of a 2" suction line!

I have a couple of 2" PVC lines froze up at work right now...I had air pressure hooked up last week to hopefully blow it out, but at 9*F it didn't happen....Maybe next week when it hits 62*F
 

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Talk about being lucky, glad all will be good in time!

Funny how eyes can "self heal" , I know over the years I've had many eye injuries (*usually metal)

that hurt like "just shot me", :D and after a trip to ER, pain meds. a day or two of rest you wake up and all is forgotten.e

* I found out metal can rust is your eye, had a ring on the white part from where they dig out some metal, course I also waited a week to go see the Dr. :poke:
I know that feeling. A year ago in december I was using a wire wheel and a piece went past my goggles and got me in the eye. Didnt get it looked at till the next day and they had to grind the rust ring out and drill out the piece of metal. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. I can also tell you that this injury was worse then that on the pain scale. In fact the opthomologist on thursday nite told me that there is nothing more painful than an injury to the cornea. Said there is more nerve endings in the cornea than anywhere else in the body.
 

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Man isn't it amazing how things we take for granted suddenly become priority one...How many times have others of us done the same/similar thing(s) and never even thought about the potential safety issues that cold and ice bring to the equation?

Sure glad that with some time they say you will be o.k.
 
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Thank God you're OK! I'm glad that it wasn't worse. I hope that you take it easy and get all healed up. We'll be here when you get back.
 

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I am glad you will heal and all will be well. I have injured my eyes several times over the past year....they are definitely not something to take for granted....I am super careful about wearing eye protection when grinding, spraying, etc.

Again GLAD you will be okay!! Thank goodness you had good care too!!
 
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