Okay so the crew goes to a lot of different planets right and not all of them are safe for humans, as seen in the episodes where they never take off their helmets.
So imagine if on one of these planets there’s a substance that if it were to touch skin it will cause powerful hallucinations. And it’s slow acting too so they won’t know until way later for certain but that something is wrong.
Now obviously they can’t have records of every single planet and how it will affect the humans (for the sake of this lets just imagine Alteans are much less susceptible to these things because of adaptations from political relations with tons of planets over the course of their race’s existence and a more powerful immune system, and so this planet passed the safe for exposure test for Alteans in their records)
so let’s say Lance touches some plant stuff but doesn’t know what it’ll do to him, and it’s been reported as totally safe.
After the mission is finished and a few days have passed Lance starts to see and hear things.
It starts out with quick stuff, things that could be just his imagination. Sometimes it’s just the sound of waves or a laugh. sometimes it’s the wave of a tanned hand in the corner of his eye or a flash of glowing stars on a ceiling. But really he chalks it up to the fact that he’s been thinking of home too much.
Then it starts getting more obvious. Allura turns into an image of his sister while he’s talking to her, the kitchen doesn’t look high tech anymore but like his mothers kitchen.
Shiro’s voice gets deeper until it sounds like his dad’s, when he isn’t paying attention during a conversation it sounds for a full minute like a regular chat with a couple of his family members, and when he tunes back in they suddenly shift back into their own voices and a completely different topic and he ends up having to leave he’s so shaken.
He thinks he’s losing his mind. But he keeps it quiet, cause maybe he’s just not getting enough sleep due to their crazy missions. Humans start hallucinating after what 30 something hours right? So he won’t bother anyone yet. If he’s honest his reality is more like a dream anyway.
It gets to a point where he starts being unable to tell what is real, he once wakes up believing entirely that he’s back in his shared room with his brother until he steps into the hall.
For a full 15 minutes he hears everyone talking in Spanish one morning and he can’t break out of it until Keith claps in front of him. It turns out he’s been replying in Spanish and hadn’t heard a true word that they had said since it started. They were all looking at him like he was out of his mind. He plays it off like he just wasn’t fully awake.
It just keeps getting worse.
Eventually it gets to a point where he gets stuck in a hallucination for a full day and when he comes out of it he’s faced with the rest of the castle members looking panicked and worried at him. It turns out he had been glazed over and almost running into things and speaking in Spanish the whole time, no one could get to him, it was as if he was in another plane of existence.
He only stares at them so sadly because he’d been so convinced by the vision that Voltron was the dream and that he was home. He’d been so happy and it was just cruel to wake up back to where he was billions of light years away from the crystal waters, warm smiles and cozy surroundings that he’d been in just a moment ago.
They force him to tell them what’s happening to him and when he comes clean they scold him for not telling anyone sooner as it could have put them all in danger. What if he’d been on a mission and suddenly couldn’t see his surroundings as he was blinded by these memories?
Immediately after, they take him to the medical bay to scan him for what might have caused this to begin with, and find that it’ll be an easy fix, Coran says its just an adjustment to the pods that he needs and he’ll be fine.
It all happens so fast and then Pidge is preparing the pod to get him back to normal and he just starts backing away from the pods like they’ll hurt him.
Hunk tries to sooth him and get him into the pod but Lance won’t budge. When they see him acting so unreasonable they try using their authority to get him to get into the pod. He just keeps moving away. Eventually all of them are talking to try and get through to him and he just breaks.
He doesn’t want to be treated, to let go of the hallucinations. Sobbing he tries to say that this might be the last time he’ll ever see his family and his home ever again and despite the confusion, the hollowness of knowing it’s not real, it was so nice to see it all again, hear it , and he just can’t let go of it.
How could they take him away from his only means of seeing the ones he loves again?
February 19, 1994, housewife Gloria Ramirez was taken to the emergency room of Riverside General Hospital. She was in the late stages of cervical cancer and extremely confused.
Doctors immediately began to medicate Ramirez. Nothing seemed to help, however, and her heart failed. Staff tried to restart it via a defibrillation machine; it was then that several of the nurses noticed her body was covered in an oily sheen. Some even said there was a fruity/garlic odor coming form her mouth. When Susan Kane, a registered nurse, tried to draw blood from Ramirez’s arm she noticed an ammonia-like scent coming from the tube the blood was in.
She handed this off to Julie Gorchynski, one of the residents who noticed strange particles floating in the blood. Shortly after that, Kane fainted and was taken out of the room. A few minutes later, Gorchynski felt nauseous and light-headed. She left the room and sat down, but after a coworker asked if she was okay Gorchynski fainted too. Meanwhile, in Ramirez’s room, another staff member passed out — Maureen Welch, a respiratory therapist.
Upon seeing all these people so apparently affected by Ramirez, everyone was told to evacuate the trauma room — and all the ER patients as well — to a parking lot outside the hospital. All that remained was a skeleton crew who worked on Ramirez until 8:50pm; 45 minutes of CPR and defibrillation couldn’t revive her, and she was pronounced dead. Cause of death: kidney failure.
Meanwhile, the staff members who had passed out weren’t doing so hot. Gorchynski was experiencing uncontrollable shaking and apnea. Welch couldn’t control her limbs. Kane complained of a burning face. Sally Balderas, a nurse who went back in the hospital to help isolate Ramirez’s body, began retching and also felt burning on her skin
After the strange case of Gloria Ramirez, the health department sent in two scientists to get to the bottom of things. Here’s the bizarre stuff they discovered:
– Of the 37 emergency room staff members, 23 of them experienced at least one symptom.
– High risk victims of the symptoms had worked within two feet of Ramirez and handled her IV lines.
– Women were more likely to experience symptoms than men.
– Their blood tests post-exposure came back normal.
The closest the scientists got to an answer was a theory that Ramirez had been using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a home remedy for pain, mainly based on the garlic-like taste and the fact that it’s greasy (like Ramirez’s skin was.) They suggested the DMSO built up in her system due to urinary blockage from her failing kidneys.
However, many people doubt this theory (and it does seem to be reaching.) But with no other answers, the authors Hock and Seigel say “beyond this theory, no credible explanation has ever been offered for the strange case of Gloria Ramirez.
January 29, 1951 Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old mother of five visited John’s Hopkins Hospital due to vaginal spotting. At Hopkin’s, the only hospital servicing African Americans, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The head of tissue culture, Dr. George Gey, stole a piece of her tissue without Henrietta’s knowledge or consent. Unfortunately, this was completely legal.
Dr. Gey referred to himself as the “world’s most famous vulture, feeding on human specimens almost constantly,” and if that’s not the most chilling thing a doctor has said I don’t know what is. When he stole Henrietta Lacks’s cells, he was researching tissue cultures and attempting to sustain them long enough to study. Because her cancer cells can divide indefinitely in culture, so long as they have a continuous supply of nutrients, they’re called “immortal cells.”
Henrietta’s cell line doubled every 24 hours and Dr. Gey sent these cells to cancer researchers across the world. In 1952, at the Tuskegee institute, Henrietta’s cells (HeLa cells) were being mass produced and eventually sold commercially. Due to these cells, there has and continues to be an enormous amount of medical advancement. The development of the polio vaccine, the first cloned cell, radiation exposure testing, cancer transmission testing (through injection into other patients, another terrible tragedy) and other advancements are owed to Henrietta Lacks. The sale of her cells boomed as a multi-million dollar industry.
The Lacks family meanwhile, had very little information about Henrietta’s cells. There were a few published articles out of the state of Virgina , where the Lacks’ family resides, but it’s speculated that Dr. Gey attempted to cover up the discovery of Henrietta Lacks’s identity by giving false information about her name. The family was poor and even struggled to cover the costs of their own healthcare. Although the story of Henrietta Lacks came out, to this day, the Lacks family hasn’t received a single cent of the profits made off of her cells.
As potential physicians and caregivers, I think we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the injustices the medical community has committed. I was informed of this by my biology teacher, and I felt compelled to share with all of you.
Please let me know if any of this information is incorrect!
Jasmine and gunpowder tea ❤️ (if you don't mind answering still)
Jasmine: Can you draw/paint?
Sadly art is not my forte. I leave that to my better half who does digital art commissions for artist alleys. I’m more of a photographer. A quick cropped example of her work and mine:
and my photos:
Gunpowder: If you had the chance would you go to space.
ABSOLUTELY! Without a single hesitation. I mean sure it’d be dangerous but that’s something worth dying for. To experience things like zero gravity, to see the entire world at a glance, the chance to test long exposure shots. The hardest part would be bringing me back! <3
I’m Valeria and today I will be sharing 5 common makeup mistakes. I will be telling you some mistakes you might do but I’m giving you solutions and telling you what can you do to fix it. Let’s get started!
1. Not cleaning or disinfecting your makeup brushes
How do I clean my brushes? Buy a brush cleanser and spray it all over your brushes, let them dry and you are done! If you can’t buy a brush cleanser you can use a baby shampoo for cleaning your makeup brushes.
How do I disinfect/sterilize my brushes?Cheapest and easiest way to do it is using rubbing alcohol. You will kill all the bacteria and remove old makeup. Please remember that cleaning and disinfecting your tools will take you some minutes. However if you skip that step you can get any infection.
2. Matching foundation to the back of your hand
Where should I match my foundation then? Why would we test foundation on our hands when we’ll be wearing it on our faces? Your face and hand are often not the same color as they don’t receive the same amount of sun exposure.
You should test your foundation underneath the eyes, on/around the nose and at the cheek/jawline.
3. Applying concealer wrong
How should I apply concealer? Apply concealer in a triangle shape all the way up to the brow bone for extra coverage. Also dab powder over the areas where you put concealer to make sure that they won’t crease or run off over the course of the day.
Keeping old mascara tubes
What should I do with my old mascara? If you can’t remember when you bought your mascara, toss it. The germs that grow in old mascaras can cause redness, itchiness, and even sties or pinkeye.
Mascara has the shortest life span so make sure to switch it out every four to six months or as soon as it starts smelling funky.
5. Applying lipstick directly to lips that are dry or flaky
What step should I follow before applying lipstick? When lips are cracked or chapped, your lipstick will make these cracks even more visible.
You need to prepare your lips for application by exfoliating with a sugar scrub or a toothbrush.
Hydrated lips will help with a smoother application while also making your lipstick more comfortable to wear.