I blew my face in a work accident in 2014 & was conscious through it all. I lost my left eye & still suffer from minor brain damage. After discovering my body doesn’t react well to narcotics & going through horrible withdrawal, I had t...
 I also just realized there's a typo in my title, haha. I meant it to say "I blew up my face," sorry about that. One eye problems...
Hey everyone, my name is Chad Hoku. I’m turning 33 in a month and had just turned 27 at the time of the accident. I don’t use reddit much and didn’t even know what an AMA was until my fiance suggested I do one. I guess what happened to me was pretty one of a kind so let’s give it a go.
I've linked a picture of me after I was discharged from the hospital as proof, plus some before and after photos once I had finished all the surgeries to fix my face (one is with my prosthetic eye and the other with my favorite eyepatch). WARNING: The hospital discharge one is pretty gnarly.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the accident so I don’t get a bunch of “how did it happen?” questions.
I make props/costumes for a living and I work for myself at home. While I was using a pressure casting chamber the lid failed and it exploded while I was checking the pressure gauge on it. The lid broke into a bunch of pieces and hit me in the face. I was alone at the time, but I was able to find help outside before going into shock. The doctor believes the only reason I’m still alive is because of the severe migraines I’ve had since early childhood, which resulted in me having an abnormally high pain threshold. Under normal circumstances, he said I should have immediately vomited, gone into shock, passed out and bled to death.
My injuries in no particular order: My left eye ruptured, my nose, left orbital socket, left orbital floor, left upper jaw, and left maxilla were broken, my left nostril was almost cut off, I had a huge gash on my forehead that was deep enough to cut into my skull and I was diagnosed with post-concussive disorder.
That’s the short version! I’m still a prop/costume maker and I’ve tried to make the best out of my accident and now make light-up and other weird prosthetic eyes for myself. I also advocate for other people who are handicapped but are afraid to cosplay.
Anyways, feel free to ask me anything and I mean anything. Nothing is off-limits, I’ve literally had trolls on Twitch ask me if they could “f*ck my eyehole” so at this point I don’t think anything will surprise me anymore.
And before you think about asking to f*ck my eyehole just realize it's not even an inch deep. :P