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    oww my eye!!!

    Hey guys just and FYI so you all that hold for others take care of your eyes. [8D]

    99% of us wear some sort of eye protection when racing the bouyes right. Well something that I never even considered happened to me and I did not feel the affects until about 5 AM Monday morning.

    I had my swell up to looking like Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield had sucker punched me. Why a sucker punch you say well I would not tangle with either one of those pro pugilists. So if they were to have hypothetically hit me it would have been a sucker punch..

    Seriously we take good care of our eyes on the track and while sitting around the pits wit either goggles or good sunglasses.

    This is no ones fault and a fluke injury however it could happen to any holder at any time on any start. There was on start in particular with Valek's # 68 and The "Kinger" and I were holding for him. No biggie right I have held for hundreds of boats already?? Well upon taking off to one of his best starts of the afternoon I had simultaneously got blasted by 2 jets of water and lost my footing on a slippery Lake Andrea Rock at the gate. This I guess brought me to fall almost completely underwater at the gate. Well I though how embarrassing I hope few noticed it. The Kinger quickly grabbed my hand preventing me from going all the way under. Well then the asked me if I was OK. I said yeah with little embarrassment other than that I was ok.

    Well I went to urgent care the that afternoon. I had thought it was allergies or other irritation that usually goes away with time rest and a flushing of the eye or two.

    Well it got puffier and puffier and I then called my wife who then called my sister who rushed over to see it chuckle a little and then take me in.

    Well I ended up having a foreign object removed from my eye and that the optometrist said that it had taken "quite the blow" and that I was lucky and I was on the road to healing nicely. This of course after a day of constant eye weeping and tearing all over compounded with the pain of having the foreign body removed and that anesthetic wearing off.

    So I should be OK and back at 100% soon like this coming weekend. So if we could pleas be aware of our own eyes and protect them so that I am the only example for this and any other season after me.

    From now on I will be wearing goggles IF I am holding for the rest of my career. I was impaired only for and evening. I hate for it to be the rest of my or anyone's life.

    I will be posting this on other sites too to spread the word.

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Gong

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    gpr717


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    I wish you for a speedy recovery GPR717.
    Great advice to wear eye protection, even when leisure riding

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    I personally need to wear eye protection due to my contacts drying out, but even if i didn't, i couldnt imagine hitting a bug at 35mph or 60+ would be easy on the eyes

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    Eye protection is something that the promoters might want to look at. Getting blasted by jet wash as a holder, especially in the face with the high horsepower skis now, could cause some serious eye damage.
    Hope you recover quickly.

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    I hope you heal up well!!! I agree with you 100%. I have been holding for some classes and have been blasted as well. The eyes are very much in need of protection.
    Thanks,
    Duane

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP12Russ View Post
    Eye protection is something that the promoters might want to look at. Getting blasted by jet wash as a holder, especially in the face with the high horsepower skis now, could cause some serious eye damage.
    Hope you recover quickly.
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    UPDATE: lucky

    Thanks for everyone's kind support. I posted this as an FYI/ PSA (public service announcement) for all of us that are around these awesome powerful machines. So protect yourselves split seconds are everything. ophthalmologist Dr. Hale said I am very lucky it could have been worse and potentially lost an eye.. I should be at 100 % by Sunday, the object (unknown origin) was removed last Monday. No pain until anesthetic drops wore off... then if literally felt like an alien cat growing out of my head. Fortunately I had vicodin prescription to make sure I could sleep. However when the doctor offers it they are foreshadowing pain!!!

    Eye meaty redness cleared up mostly by Friday and I rode last Sunday.

    By this Sunday any trace of infection should be gone.

    KG
    Last edited by gpr717; 06-11-2009 at 08:54 AM. Reason: thanks

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