On Sunday 30 April 2006 I had a serious accident while doing work on the electric fence on my Farm.
The high tensile galvanized steel wire perforated my left eye with great force. I have undergone two eye operations and after a difficult period of infection, it now appears that the doctors will be able to save the eye. It is uncertain whether I will have any vision on the injured eye.
All my activities will have to be revised and it remains doubtful that I will be able to do any QSLing soon.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
May 26 : Update
I have undergone a third operation where the lens of my left eye was removed. during the 2 hour operation the infected tissue was scooped out and it came to light that the wire had perforated the lens of the eye and the retina and had stopped only when the end of the wire hit bone at the bottom of the eye socket. The hole in the retina was closed with laser surgery and I am now finally experiencing some relief from the pain. The doctors give me very little hope for any sight at this stage but time will tell. There is much damage to the retina and the cornea from the infection as well.
Thank you to all who have sent me greetings and well wishes. I will be back stronger than ever.
For those who ´need´ a TF QSL, I suggest that you work and QSL another TF Station. QSLing will be very low on my priority list for a while.
June 10 : Update
I am now back at my farm. Healing is progressing and it now appears that I may have some vision on the injured eye once a new lens is put in place in a future operation in a few months time.
June 24: Update
I have just returned from a visit to the doctors in Reykjavik. The stitches in the eye will be kept for another 3 weeks . My vision on the injured eye was measured and is at 20%. This is much better than the doctors expected and could improve further with time. I am very lucky to get a second chance after such a mishap.
July 17: Update The stitches will be kept in the eye until early September and will possibly never be removed. My vision on the injured eye continues to improve and was measured at 30%! I have begun the task of direct QSLing and I mailed a few cards today. I will try to do a few envelopes each day, so expect the backlog to be cleared before September.
September 10, 2006. Update
The stitches were removed from the eye last Thursday. There is some setback caused by myself when I wasn’t careful enough in the sun and my vision is now at less than 10% due to this. The problem was caused by the effect of the eyedrops which prevented the pupil to react to the strong sunlight when I took off my sunglasses. The swelling will take some time to subside. It will be 6 Months to a year before an artificial lens will be inserted in the eye.
November 20, 2006 Update.
A miracle has taken place. My vision on the injured eye was measured at 90%+ !
The doctor now intends to perform the final operation in January. He will then install an artificial lens in the eye. I speculate that the sunlight exposure into my eye caused this healing to take place.
February 10, 2007. Update.
A glass lens was inserted into the injured eye in an operation performed on January 29th. The operation was successful and my vision has now been measured as between 90%-100%. This is nothing less than a miracle and I attribute this result mainly to the healing powers of the Sun.