Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I thought I'd share my encounter yesterday. Here's a little reminder of just how potentially hazardous these little helis can be, in this case, the smallest such heli out there, the Nano cpx.
I was about to leave work yesterday around 6 when I decided I would take the nano out to this back room I use to fly it in. I had repaired a swashplate and I just wanted a quick flight to see if the fix worked. So I'm flying it around the room in a circle, I've got it in idle-up but i'm not doing any 3d, just this circle pattern. I'm in the center of the room and I usually spin around with it as it goes around the room, but that makes me a bit dizzy so I decided to stop spinning and instead, when it goes to fly behind me I will let it and just turn my head really quick the other way and catch it as it comes around. It goes around me, I turn my head to see it come around and SNAP! hits me right in eye, never even seen it. This is a big room and it was far, how it came at me directly so fast I can't believe. I instantly fall to the ground on my knees my head on the floor holding my eye, the pain, just incredible, sharp stinging and at the same time deep and pounding in my skull, I can't open it, I try instantly to see out of it, hoping I haven't lost it, but I can't see a thing, writhing in unspeakable pain, my immediate thought is "that's it, the eye is gone, I've lost it" at that moment there was no doubt in my mind that I had done the most severe damage. As I'm on the ground I'm overcome with this feeling to vomit, I'm not a queezy guy, I've only thrown up a few times ever, mostly flus or drinking, but now I want to puke like crazy. After what seemed like an eternity, I hear the little heli buzzing, so I reach over to the dx8 (which incidentally I never dropped) and shut it down. How a ten dollar motor suddenly made its way up my priority list is beyond me.
I make my way home and show my wife, she gets a light and says "uhh, we have to go to the hospital" I'm thinking oh great. Meanwhile I can't see out of it. All I see is blurry light. I make my way to a mirror and can see all the white is all red and bleeding, there is blood on my face, a cut on my nose, and looking into the center of my eye, not the dark little center but the bigger circle all around it, it looks like it's half filled with blood, like as if it was a tire that filled with water up to the middle. We get to the hospital, a grueling hour drive, all the while I keep trying to not throw up still. I get into emergency and look at the waiting room, it's pretty full, so I know I'm in for a long night waiting to be seen. The triage nurse looks at me right away to start the process, as I'm sitting at her desk, the need to vomit overcomes me, I ask for a pail and she hands me this vomit bag, I start puking like crazy! She looks at me and says, what's wrong?, thinking I have a flu or something, I say I got hit in the eye with a little helicopter and show her. She picks up a phone, says something to somebody, 5 minutes later I'm in an examining room with nurses and doctors looking at me. Never even spent one minute in the waiting room. Meanwhile I'm trembling now and nauseous. I'm shaking and cold. Crazy, all from the eye. The doctor looks at my eye through this machine and then tells me I've cut and gashed it in a few places, the center part being one of them, (I forget the eye terminology) she sees leaking and is concerned about "pressure". They make me stand and do an eye test. My good eye first. I read all the letters. 20/20. now the bad eye. "what do you see? shes obviously pointing at the paper. I'm like, I can't see the paper. She says what about the very top line? I say, you don't understand, I can't see the paper, I can't even see you! I hear you but I can't see you. I see a silhouette of a bookshelf nearby, but that's it. Back to the bed and more puking. I'm like, why am I puking? The doctor says it's the pain. The eye is one of the most painful things and it's making you throw up. They call the on-call ophthalmologist and start prepping me. They've got me in a gown, intravenous in my arm, saline drip, and then they tell me I'm getting an injection for pain killer and gravol.. I say I don't want the pain killer, ( I hate taking drugs and avoid them, it's a thing
) but they talk me into the gravol. Apparently puking puts pressure on the eye, so I take it. I ask what's going on and they tell me I may need surgery!
I'm just shaking my head at this point wondering, why didn't I just go home. Why? Why did I just have to go fly the stupid thing? I can't believe it.
The specialist shows up no more than half an hour. Takes me to a special room and they start examining me. He eventually tells me that I have some lacerations and a cut across the clear lens. He isn't seeing any more leaking and the pressure is stable. He opts to not do anything but treat it for now. He puts 4 different drops in my eye, each one feels like a mixture of hot sauce and salt, crazy crazy pain and stinging, and gives me a prescription for me to do this 4 times a day.
I'm sent home, told not to touch it, not to lift anything, not to sleep flat, not to "use" the eye, some of the drops are meant to keep me from blinking. And I have to go back tomorrow and see him. He says it will heal. He doesn't believe I will lose any vision, but he also says you can never say never: confused:
I got up this morning and it's much better though. I can see more today. It's like yesterday someone put scotch tape right over my eye, the foggy type, and all I could see was light, today it's like it's the clearer tape. I can't see letters but I can't see objects. It's like the room is full of fog though. I can see how many fingers you're holding etc, but just the shape and silhouette, yesterday I couldn't.
As I write this with one eye, I wasn't going to write this, but Ive been thinking, a lot of us fly these things pretty carelessly sometimes, and with these little micros now meant for indoors, it's so much worse, we don't give them much consideration. We fly them around kids sometimes too because they seem pretty harmless. I've been hit by the nano on my hand and it didn't cut me or anything but wow, they can sure change your life in a second. I'll be alright, (I'm just glad it wasn't the 130x) but I couldn't live with myself if I did this to one of my kids. It happens so fast you would never believe it. I thought I'd share this because if anything, hopefully my little story helps to keep this from happening to someone else or even worse to a child.