Last year on this day, May 23, I was shot in the eye point blank with an airsoft gun.
It was a Sunday afternoon while me and my friends were having a friendly game at our local field. A few games passed and everyone was starting to get tired. The breaks we had in between each game was getting longer and longer as time passed.
During what seemed to be the last break of the day before we head out to play the final match, my friend walks over to me while I was getting my gear ready. Being in the safe zone, I had taken off most of my protective gear to cool off from the hot day. Everyone in that zone did the same, all guns should have its safety on so there was nothing to worry about.
So going back to my friend, he walks over to me and thought it would be funny to shoot his gun and have a small blast of air go to my face. He removed the magazine from his gun so he thought nothing would shoot out, people forget that there can still be a BB even after removing the mag. He calls my name, as I turn my head to look up at him BAM! The BB hit my right eye. I became instantly blind, it hit right in between the iris and sclera. My eyelids didn't even get hit, I had my eye wide open.
Wanna know something ironic? A week before I just bought myself ballistic goggles, the same ones the military uses. I bought them to prevent something like this from happening while playing. My first reaction was to put my hand towards my eye and keep my eye closed. Then started to yell out "What the F***", "Why would you do this" and all that stuff.
My yelling soon attracted other players and crowded to see what has happened. The field owner soon came over and asked what happened. He told he to show him my eye was I was afraid to find out how bad it was.
Thankfully the BB just bounced off instead of going inside. (The gun I was shot with was shooting at around 300 fps) By then people had already called for an ambulance, but I was already thinking ahead. I told my friend to take me to the hospital instead. I had no insurance at the time and I didn't want the the ambulance ride to build up the medical bill I knew was coming.
So skipping the rest of what happened that day. My parents thought it be best for me to seek medical attention at a better place. So around June, I went to Japan to stay with my relatives there and get better medical care for my injury. I stayed there for 3 whole months before returning home.
On a small side note: next week is my birthday, so guess what I was doing on my birthday last year. haha
I stayed in bed with an eye patch.
This picture is kinda gross. <-Click to see the picture.
In the link is some post-operation pictures of my eye. I took these pictures with my DSi, I took a picture daily so I can see for myself how much better it was getting. (Problem with these pictures is that I used my camera to take a picture of the DSi screen since I didn't have a memory card in my DSi to transfer them properly.)
I still enjoy playing airsoft today but I am more careful about safety now. My friend who shot me is still my best friend. I don't regret anything because I was able to go to Japan again and see my family there as well as have a mini vacation. It's also the time I started talking to a girl, who when I got back, became a good friend then became the girl that I love. She means everything to me now, and I don't know if we would have ended up together if this didn't happen.
So what I say to you, is to always look at the bright side of life.