The older I get, the more strongly I believe that everything happens for a reason.
The week before last I was trimming a eurphorbia cactus plant I own and I didn’t realize that I got eurphorbia sap on my hands. Shortly after, I was in the shower with little bear when I rubbed both eyes and felt an incredible burning sensation in both eyes: pretty much like someone had thrown acid in my eyes.
I quickly found my way to the sink and ran cold water into both eyes calling out to Kitty to help. She rang the poisons helpline and found out that Eurphorbia sap is very dangerous and has been known to cause severe eye damage including permanent blindness. Oh shit. But luckily the first 30 minutes are key to wash out the eyes continually with cold water.
After a good 30 minutes of flushing, Kitty, and the three little ones, drove me to hospital where a doctor examined my eyes to find my corneas indeed damaged, but not permanently, and he gave me a local anestethic for the pain and antibiotics for healing. A few days later my eyes were back to normal.
It was one of the most painful things I can remember happening to me but I am glad it happened. Say what?
I throughly believe everything happens for a reason. Looking back I consider this little incident a wake-up call. A wake up call to wear gloves when gardening. A wake up call to be more vigilent about washing hands after gardening. And most importantly a wake up call to not have such toxic plants around three small children.
I am so glad it happened to me and not to one of my little ones.
I have since removed the eurphorbias. I liked having them, but I prefer my little ones safety.