anonymous asked:

here is logic. if a q-tip is a cottony dildo, then q-tips have phallic imagery. if q-tips have phallic imagery, then kylo ren's lightsaber is a q-tip. therefore, if a q-tip is a cottony dildo, then kylo ren's lightsaber is a q-tip. (btw q-tips are dildos', eeeh, maybe 3rd cousin, they rock a head and go in and out of holes and swab stuff.)

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Practical Techniques - Small Animal Ear Cytology

Equipment List:

  • Microscope
  • Microscope Slide x 2 
  • Slide Covers x 2 
  • Immersion Oil 
  • Cotton Buds
  • Lighter
  • Stain


1) With a cotton bud gently remove some of the otic discharge. Repeat with the opposite ear.

2) Get your slide and roll the cotton bud along the surface, be careful not to smear the sample onto the slide to roughly as this will damage any cells needed to make a diagnosis. Repeat this process with the opposite ear swab on a new slide ensuring to label each slide correctly.

3) If the sample is puritic it should be allowed to air dry before staining. If the sample is oily/waxy it should be heat fixed by quickly running a lit lighter underneath the sample slides. If a lighter is not available this can be done by waving a hair dryer on the lowest setting over the sample.

4) Follow the manufactures instructions to stain your slides. ( We use diff quick x 5 dip fixer, x 5 dip Eosin G with Phosphate Buffer, x 5 dip Thiazine dye with Phosphate Buffer). Allow to air dry once stained.

5) To examine under a microscope, apply a drop of immersion oil on the stained slide and the place a cover slip over the top. This will prevent buffering and light scattering.

6) Start with a low magnificent lens, positioning the lens over a densely purple area  as this is where the most inflammatory cells (Macrophages and Neutrophils)  will be. Work your way up to the higher magnification lens remembering to use immersion oil with the x1000 lens (To identify Rods, Cocci and Yeasts) .

7) When your finished looking at the slide, clean your oil immersion lens ready for the next person to use!

What is considered normal ear cytology?

  • Keratinocytes are normal in all cases of ear cytology, any other cell found should be considered a disease process. 

What is considered abnormal ear cytology?

Cells associated with the inflammatory process i.e. Neutrophils and Macrophages and not considered normal. 

Malassezia pachydermatis (peanut shaped yeasts) is often found alongside staphylococcus pseudintermedius and is common in dogs with atopic dermatitis. 

Cocci; round bacterium which stain purple, overgrowth can also be seen commonly and should be treated with daily ear cleaning and the administration of antibiotic steroid ear drops. 

If a overgrowth of bacilli (Rod shaped bacteria) is seen bacterial cultures should always be carried out. Pseudomonas is difficult to treat and requires intensive therapy with a suitable antibiotic thus the need for culture and sensitivity testing on suspected cases.

Info condensed from “An introduction to ear cytology in small animal patients” and ‘Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing” and Lecture Notes! 

More Tommy Drabble; Cotton Swabs

It was just past midnight when we came stumbling through the door. He wasn’t muttering and he wasn’t clinking, which meant he had been fighting. Beth bent her back over the couch to get a better look at him, giving herself a few breaths before she got up to check on him. Sighing, she lay her mug down on the coffee table and went for the kitchen where the familiar slamming of the fridge lead her to believe that he’d helped himself to one of her beers.

He watched as she moved around the corner, dressed for bed, she wore his MMA shirt and a pair of slouch socks and nothing else. Her reading glasses perched on her head and a look of sadness in her eyes. Colt’s was always holding late night fights, anything to get the sharks ready for the big tournaments and Tommy was quite willing to butt heads with the big boys if it meant a few extra hundred in his pocket. The only downside to it all was coming home to her and those sad eyes.

She took in the busted nose and cheek first. They weren’t bleeding overly bad, but enough to stain his t-shirt and clot in his gold chain. Bowing her head in a sigh, she moved toward the cabinet, the first aid kit fully stocked after the last time he came in like this. She looked over her shoulder to the man she loved and watched him guzzle the beer back, forgetting the pain that bubbled over. Her heart would break if it wasn’t for the fact she knew he could handle himself, even with the bumps and bruises on his face.

Pulling the wade of cash out of his sweatpants, he watched her walk towards him and pull the seat next to him.

“I made two thousand dollars from two fights, Beth. You should have seen me.” Placing the cash on the table and sliding it towards her, his voice was low when she slammed the first aid kit shut. She wasn’t angry at him, she was angry at their situation. She had a job, sure. Emergency Room nurse working near ninety hours a week to make sure the sick and injured get cured and sent on their way, only to come home to that mess as well.

“Two thousand dollars isn’t going to give my man his beautiful lips back.” She dabbed the small cotton swab into the alcohol and pressed against his swollen lip. His body so use to the shocking sting he didn’t even flinch. He took in every bit of detail on her face. The worn lines that should never be present on a twenty-six year olds face. Her chestnut brown hair was beautiful and shiny and her skin was ivory. She was his little piece of heaven. The escape at the end of a long day.

“You need to cut back on these fights Tommy. I don’t make enough, but I sure as Hell won’t have you fighting for rent money.” She packed away the swabs and took out the gauze for his eye. Before she could take care of the further damage, he snatched her hands away from the kit and placed them on his cheeks.

“Say that you love me Beth.” She felt his muscular jaw move underneath her soft palms. He was always so warm to touch, but his cool skin reminded her of his profuse sweating and his activities. Pulling her hands from his, she went for the gauze again.

“I love you Tommy. But I don’t love all this.” Pulling the piece of netting out, she rested it against his swollen eye. Those beautiful baby blues that was enough to make her melt.

“Do you remember how we met?” He smiled when she blushed into is shirt. Turning her head away from him, she recognised his playful smile as a diversion from the subject.

“I can’t forget.” Looking him in the eye, she remembered the battered and broken man that slumped against her A&E door, broken ribs, busted face and no ID in his pocket. She helped him eat, drink, sleep, pee and shower for weeks before she saw his real face and it was love at first sight.

“You loved me before you even realised I was a thug with a good hit.” Mumbling against her lips, he kissed her slow and sweet, remembering the kiss he gave her when he came back to her ward three days after being discharged, which lilies and Red Bull as a thank you.

“You’re lucky, though.” She whispered, a breath away from each other’s lips.

“Why’s that’s?”

“Well, there was a burly fireman just two curtains down from you that I could have easily fallen in love with.” Laughing against his lips when he growled in frustration at her cockiness, he pulled the woman into his lap, her legs on either side of his body and pressed his cheek against her chest.

“We’re going to be alright aren’t we?” His voice was booming against her chest and she held him close, stroking the back of his neck.

“We’re going to have to be. You’re all I’ve got.” Kissing the top of his head, she moaned softly when he ran his hand wrapped knuckles up the shirt she was wearing. He was always so gentle with her, even when he had so much anger.

“Ditto baby.” That was enough speaking for them.

New York Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia banned from plane to US because he refused to remove turban

A well-known American Sikh actor was barred from boarding a plane in Mexico City traveling to New York because he refused to remove his turban at the airport security. Ironically, Indian-American Waris Ahluwalia played a character in director Spike Lee’s film Inside Man who was forced to remove his turban.

He said he was held back by airport security personnel until everyone else had boarded his flight. Officers then searched his bag, swabbed his hands and patted him down.

But when they ordered him to remove his turban, he refused because of his religious beliefs. “That is not something that I would do in public,” he told the New York Daily News. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”

In Sikhism, the turban is a sign of a wearer’s commitment to the faith. He said he offered to remove his turban in a private room. But then he was told he would not be allowed to fly Aeromexico and would have to book another flight.

“I was shaking at first,” he said. “That’s not a nice thing to be told, that you are not allowed to fly on this plane because of something you are wearing, or because of your religious beliefs.”

Aeromexico officials said they were complying with security protocols and regretted any “inconvenience.” They said they offered Waris “alternatives to reach his destination as soon as possible,” though offered no details.

The confrontation occurred after Ahluwalia learned he had been singled out for a more-intensive search, known as “Secondary Security Screening Selection” and indicated by four “S” letters on a passenger’s boarding card. The “SSSS” indicates to security personnel that the flyer has been flagged for enhanced pat-downs and hand-swabbing.

The “SSSS” designation is supposed to be random, but few believe that’s the case. “I’ve had the magic ‘SSSS’ before,” Ahluwalia told the News. “I’m really lucky on my 'random’ selection,” he added sarcastically.

Ahluwalia, who grew up in Brooklyn, is also a designer based in Manhattan known for his House of Waris jewelry line. He was on his way to New York Fashion Week.

He was recently nominated for best supporting actor by the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards for his role in the thriller Beeba Boys. He has also appeared in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Darjeeling Limited.

As of Monday night 8 February he was still awaiting an apology from Aeromexico and a promise from the airline to train security to treat Sikhs with respect. Ahluwalia was the first Sikh man to model in a Gap ad in 2013. Several “Make Love” posters he appeared in were defaced with racist graffiti such as “Make Bombs” and “Please stop driving taxis.”

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Famous Fashion Designer Reportedly Banned From Flight for Wearing a Turban

Photo: @houseofwaris/Instagram

Waris Ahluwalia, a ubiquitous presence in the fashion world, was reportedly banned from a flight for wearing a turban. The model and designer behind House of Waris posted a selfie to Instagram on Monday morning holding up his boarding pass with “SSSS” — which stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection — circled on the ticket. “This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban,” he wrote in the caption. He also included the hashtags #FearisanOpportunitytoEducate, #humanrights, #dignity, and #lovenotfear. 

Ahluwalia, who appeared in a recent Gap advertising campaign and is a regular on the New York City party circuit, initially complied with the supplemental security measures before boarding his flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport, including having an agent swab his hands and the bottoms of his feet. But when asked by an airline worker to remove his black turban, an accessory in his signature style he is never seen without, he refused. “That is not something that I would do in public,” the Grand Budapest Hotel actor told the New York Daily News. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”

After abstaining from removing his turban without being brought to a private screening area, he supposedly was told, “You will not be flying Aero Mexico. You will need to book another flight.”

Ahluwalia’s Gap campaign. 

On his Instagram post, commenters aired their frustration with Ahluwalia’s mistreatment. “This is outrageous. Sikhism is not even related in any way to terrorist extremists,” Angie wrote. “What a sad day, a beautiful faith of love and peace is treated in such a horrible way.” Kirthan Aujlay added, “Absolutely disgusted by this. How much longer are Sikh men going to be targeted by bigots?” Many also shared similar experiences and praised Ahluwalia for publicizing the discriminatory incident. 

@AeroMexico No words for the utter disrespect this airlines shows. Props to Waris Ahluwalia for handling the matter with compassion.

— Maheeen (@madil711)

February 8, 2016

I guess "do unto others…” is taken a different way here. #donaldtrump #mexico https://t.co/0bt5Hv3q8Z

— Mohammad Umer Alam (@MUAlam)

February 8, 2016

apparently waris ahluwalia, hollywood actor and model, was refused to board on his flight because of his turban 😶😶😶 pic.twitter.com/86svM1QOmz

— Jasmeet Singh (@JusReign)

February 8, 2016

On Facebook, Sukhi Sagoo offered a counter argument: “Regardless of whether you are a Sikh or you wear any kind of headdress, I think for security reasons and for the safety of fellow passengers it’s not a bad thing to cooperate with the authorities. As long as it’s done in a private room and not in a public place. If you have nothing to hide, then why not cooperate?” Mahtab Singh Shergill also said that a hijab for Muslim women is just as precious yet they, in general, cooperate with security checks (the same can be said for nuns). “You need to understand that it’s their job to make sure that the flight is secure and retaliation can cause serious doubts,” he wrote. “They don’t make every Sikh they see remove the turban; if he was asked he shouldn’t have denied.” 

Photo: @houseofwaris/Instagram

Waris, who has a runway show as part of New York Fashion Week this week, sent an additional social media note to his fans. “Dear NYC fashion week. I may be a little late as @aeromexico won’t let me fly with a turban. Don’t start the show without me.”

Yahoo Style has reached out to the airline for comment. 

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