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14 April 2016 11:53:37
I just felt I had to write and warn you about a nasty encounter with a plant. On Tuesday last I decided to do a little pruning. The plants I have in my garden are there for about seven years and I never had any issues with any of them. A plant which I now know is a euphorbia has been thriving a little too much so I decided to tidy it up a little. After removing some of the stems and leaves I was just putting them in the compost bin when the lid dropped down and snapped them. The milky sap flew up and cover my arm and shot into my eye.
I did not know anything about this plant but I tried to wash the sap off my hands with soapy water, very difficult as the latex sets very quickly. I then rinsed my eye as best as I could. Twenty minutes later the pain began. My eye felt it was going to explode and my sinuses were throbbing. The pain became unbearable and my eye became red and began weeping. I could not even think straight with the intensity of the pain but I did try optrex baths.
An hour later I begged a neighbour to bring me to any hospital, it did not matter but I needed to get there asap. Thank God we arrived in Beaumont where I was rushed through and was fortunate enough to meet a specialist dealing with eye truama. I brought some of the plant in a plastic bag for them to identify it.
They washed out my eye with six bags of saline and put anaesthetic drops to ease the pain. I kept asking them to use more but they said it was not good for the eye to use too much. I had a complete eye test where they found that the sap had got into my cornea, in fact I had a chemical burn in my eye.
I spent a few hours there getting the pain under control, was given antibiotic drops and pain relief and was told to go go the Mater Eye clinic in the morning. I did not sleep that night with pain, I developed a really bad headache and my nasal passage was inflamed.
Went to the Mater yesterday morning and am now under their care, I am on six different tpes of drops and pain killers and have to return tomorrow.
My eye is still aching, my sight is very fuzzy in that eye and I feel miserable. Please God my sight will not be damaged but time will tell.
The main reason I am writing this is that neither of the hospitals have seen this type of injury and they had to look it up befgore treating me. The plant itself is very common but I never heard of its danger, apparently the toxicity is very high and can cause blindness or even death if ingested. I had bought it years ago in a local plant shop.
I felt I had to warn people about it because I would never want anyone to go through the very awful experience that I have had.