I heard about Pastor Rick this morning here on the radio (in Wyoming!) during our vacation. Then got a few texts/Facebooks from friends and family asking about him and thought you may want or be curious about Pastor Rick Warren’s condition. Here’s what he sent out to the church family earlier today:
Dear Saddleback Family,
Monday morning (my day off) I was cutting back a huge African Fire Stick plant in my yard. Even though I was wearing gloves, I somehow later accidentally got some of the toxic sap on my hands and then in my eyes. The resin is quite corrosive and burned both of my eyes. In excruciating pain, Kay called 911 paramedics who rushed me to a hospital. For the next 4 hours doctors irrigated my blistered eyes with 14 liters of saline solution to flush out the poison and ease the pain. I’d have to say I had no idea that eye burns are so painful! I was kept overnight so I could be given shots of Dilaudid and morphine, plus Percocet, numbing drops, and several eye meds. A doctor inserted protective contact lenses to aid in healing the scarred tissue. He told me he expects a full recovery of my vision and each day it has improved.
I am NOT BLIND! – which should be obvious from me typing this note! (I asked for prayer on Twitter and all kinds of rumors started spreading!) I’m now resting at home, with the pain being managed by oral meds and a regimen of eye meds to heal the damage. I expect to make a full recovery.
I have already received many kind words of prayer support. Please pray that God will be glorified even in this accident! I love you all! Pastor Rick