On Tuesday afternoon I was sewing something for Claire. It had some sort of sequin/rhinestones on it that I thought wouldn't effect my sewing since I've sewed over them countless of times. Well, this time was different. The needle broke, sort of shattered actually, and one tiny piece flew into my eye.
Now I have been sewing for over ten years and broken thousands of needles and this has never happened. I have lots of friends and blogging friends that sew and have never heard of this happening. Whenever a needle broke, my eyelid always closed before a piece even got close to my eye.
But this time was different. I immediately stopped sewing and my eye was blinking like crazy. I think there was some pain, but I don't remember very much. I went to look in the mirror to get it out, but I couldn't see anything. It was in my left eye on the top near the bridge of my nose.
Claire needed a nap, so I put her down. I tried flushing my eye with water, but I couldn't get it out. I tried taking a nap too see if my eye would flush it out if it was relaxed. I said a prayer and decided to go to the urgent care nearby. I didn't think it was very bad; I thought they would just brush it out.
I don't have a car during the day, but our urgent care is a ten minute walk away. I put the kids in the stroller and walked there. I thought about having our nice neighbors drive us, but I wasn't in any pain and didn't think it was bad. It only felt like half of a needle was in my eye.
At the urgent care both the receptionist and the nurse gave me a double look when I said I had a piece of a sewing machine needle in my eye. And so did the doctor. But he finally numbed my eye which was a huge relief. He looked at my eye under a microscope, and he saw the offending piece of metal. It luckily hadn't pierced the cornea, but it was slightly embedded in the surface of my eyeball. He told me I was very lucky that it hadn't embedded in a spot that effected my vision.
He was able to get all of it out, but whenever metal is in the eye it immediately starts to rust. He had to use a drill on my eye to get the rust out.
When he said that I asked, "Will that hurt? Will I feel that?" I mean, a drill, on my eye! He replied that I shouldn't feel anything, and if I do to tell him right away. He used the drill, and I didn't feel anything. He was nervous about drilling too deep, so he wanted me to go to an ophthalmologist.
I went to an ophthalmologist the next morning who did some more cleaning and drilling with a burr. He couldn't get all of the rust out, but once my eye healed over it would never bother me and it could only be seen with a microscope.
I feel very blessed that my vision wasn't affected in anyway, and it was quickly resolved. I have never sewed over my finger in all my years of sewing, but now I have a needle in my eye (cross my heart and hope to die) story that I will never forget. I'm definitely considering getting some sort of glasses to wear while sewing so that it won't happen again!