On Tuesday Adrian and I had a lovely time swimming with Tiana. We were in the pool for almost 2 hours. It was a hotel pool, not too big and not many people which was nice.
I only swam for an hour and I ran around in the water carrying Tiana and then pulling her by a float for the other 50 minutes. So I got lots of exercise.
My accident happened after Tiana had gone home. Adrian had gone to work and I decided to put some Limescale remover in the downstair toilet. We live on a chalk hill and the water in this area runs through chalk and is very hard. So the toilets often have limescale around the bowl which normal toilet cleaner just will not shift. So it was time to do something about it again. I left it for a couple of hours until Adrian came home for work.
I was about to do my spark on the computer when I remembered I needed to clean it and flush. I was brushing around the bowl when it splashed straight into my left eye. I felt excrutiating pain and flushed my eye with water straight away. Then I ran upstairs and flushed it for a long time with the eye bath. Came downstairs and asked Adrian to read the bottle to see what it said if there was a problem. It said seek help so he went on the NHS direct web site. The limescale remover contained Hydrochloric acid and some surfactants.
He was told we should flush out my eye with water for 15 minutes and then go to A & E straight away.
It took about 20 minutes to get there and I was seen almost straight away as they were not busy. One of the nurses did a Litmus test first. I had 2 little bits of paper stuck under my eyelids which felt quite irritating in one eye and painful in the other. There was a bit of difference between the 2. So the nurse brought a bag of saline solution which she hung up and gave me the end of the pipe and told me to wash my left eye till it had all gone. That took about 15 minutes. She did the litmus test again afterwards and it was much better.
Another nurse took me to a room to look at my eyes through the optical equipment. She gave me anaesthetic eye drops in my left eye and then she started pulling my eyelids up and down to get a good look. She put an orange dye in my eyes and looked at them with a blue light. I was seeing green! LOL! She was checking to see if there were any tears or burns. She said I had been very lucky as she could not see any.
I was told to rest my eyes and get plenty of sleep to help them heal. She said they would be red and sore for several days and if I had any problems with double vision or anything to make an appointment with the eye clinic at the hospital or go straight back to A & E if out of hours.
We got home after midnight. I thought I heard an owl hooting in the garden. I went straight to bed, no spark!
I bathed the eye throughout the day yesterday and was feeling very sleepy and got plenty of rest, no gardening, though I did exercise and walk.
Today it was much much better, not so red or painful. Though I did get a headache when using the computer and had to stop. I have been gardening late this afternoon. It was very hot and still is. The flying ants were up for the 3rd day this year. So this will probably be the hottest night this year.
My learning curve is: Always wear eye protection when using toilet cleaner!
It did say that on the bottle in very small letters. And also says wear protective clothing. I think the manufacturer should make their warnings much bigger.
Please, if you are using any sort of toilet cleaner or bleach. Put on some glasses or goggles. The plastic ones used for DIY are suitable and cheap to buy. I splashed bleach on my trousers before and ruined them. I should have known better this time!