Standard Radium Solution for Drinking (c. 1915-1920) - This bottle (empty) of radium water was produced by the Standard Chemical Company of Pittsburgh. The recommended dose was 1 bottle after every meal. Each bottle contained a maximum-equilibrium constant of radium emanation [radon], 5400 mache units. One mache unit represented 364 pCi of radon per liter. Today, the maximum containment level for radium in public water supplies is 5 pCi/L.
Internally deposited radium emits alpha particles that may then damage surrounding tissue. High levels of radium may cause depression of the immune system, anemia, cataracts, and fractured teeth. Exposure to high levels of radium also has shown an increased incidence of bone, liver and breast cancer.
He’s far too warm. So is Blaine, but Blaine is always like that, always warm and cozy because Kurt married a furnace, and that’s okay because their little vintage apartment has radiators that work on a spotty basis at best, and–
“Kurt? You okay?”
Kurt sighs and presses his cheek against the side of Blaine’s face. Warm, warm, warm. “I’m okay,” he slurs, and though the sound of it (”Uhm-kay”) tells him exactly how drunk he is, he doesn’t care, because they’re at the threshold of their apartment and Blaine’s holding onto him just fine. He’s so hot, and a little sweaty, but that’s okay too, because they have the best times together when they’re hot and sweaty, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so–
“Are you sure?” Blaine pauses his attempt to get his keys out of his pocket and tightens his grip around Kurt’s waist. He reaches up and pushes Kurt’s bangs out of his face where his coif has finally fallen out of its hairspray.