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Ronan's report

Tuesday 08th November, 2011

I'm keeping this short because too much time on the computer screen still causes pain.

Two weeks ago I was heading through an access gate to a great spot on the river when a truck came by fast without slowing. The truck kicked up debris and I managed to catch some with my eye. I blinked, teared up, then ignored it and headed down to the river. For the next few hours my eye was sore and weepy. I thought it was the extreme wind that was blowing dust, but a trip later that night to the emergency room at the hospital told me different.
Scratched cornea.
Just about two weeks later and it is still an irritating ulcer preventing me from being in the elements too long, let alone wearing my contacts.

When I think of safety while on the river it means good boots, dressing for the weather, being aware of bears or other wildlife hazards, and drinking plenty of fluids. I always where sunglasses but they are protection from the light and from my typical casts.

I don't think there was anything I could do different (except not stare at the truck driving by), but I could have called it a day instead of toughing it out. An earlier visit to a doctor, an eye flush, even just taking out my contacts could have saved me from missing the last week of the open fishing season!

What it comes down to is, that while we may think of safety and might know what the right thing to do is, we often try to tough things out as a matter of pride, or greed (I wanted more river), or whatever. I should have sucked it up and gone home instead of sucking it up and staying at it.

I'll hopefully be fine, full recovery and all, but I learned a very valuable lesson: I can't cast with just my left eye!!!

Always learning the hard way,

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