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Misread as "Dictators"
nah lol they were stuff, my whole family threw a party when fidel died

Nice job! Don't be afraid to ask for help should any wires get crossed.

Forum Games / Re: Describe the above user's avatar with one word v2
« on: January 14, 2022, 07:02:24 AM »

you hear deranged sniffing emanating from the machine

i insert a sad panda

i know that usa students who want to become doctors go to caribbean medical schools if they can't get admission to a usa medical school, due to how competitive it is, but the downside is caribbean schools cost like 3x-5x more. and medical school is already insanely expensive by itself. not sure about cuba tho
When Fidel was in power, there was plenty of state-sponsored colleges for things that the country needed, like doctors and sailors. My dad became a sailor because of such programs. I doubt they have many foreigners trying to apply for education there, especially considering the recent instability.

How about this news story. Cuba made it's own covid vaccine and currently has the highest percentage of it's population vaccinated in the world.
Cuba has some surprisingly good doctors, like plenty of other Caribbean islands. I just hope their virologists are also up to snuff.

Off Topic / Re: I am married
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:56:52 PM »
My god, I remember just talking to y'all like maybe once a year being surprised that some nerd in Alabama was dating some other nerd in Brazil and actually staying together. I'm happy to have helped facilitate this, despite the stuffe campaign!

Also if you do have a ceremony, I'd love to come! Maybe I'll even drag Aura (Britney) all the way from Wales to join us.

Off Topic / Re: Rigel's Glaucoma: Redux
« on: January 13, 2022, 04:04:48 PM »
Did you think the side affects from the treatments you had before Rocklatan still had enough pros to be worth it? Just curious how you were going that long without it.
Bro Pilocarpine SUCKED. I hated it so much I wasn't using it as much as I should've. Thankfully nothing bad happened. I kept asking myself what the point of taking it was, when it was supposed to preserve my sight, but still forgeted it in a way that glasses couldn't fix. I could barely read a computer screen let alone do anything else worthwhile. I still use it very rarely when I feel the pressure shoot up or I forget to get more rocklatan but that happens like maybe once every two months.

Off Topic / Re: Rigel's Glaucoma: Redux
« on: January 13, 2022, 12:17:45 PM »
What just happened?

Off Topic / Rigel's Glaucoma: Redux
« on: January 13, 2022, 11:29:04 AM »
Sup y'all, someone sent me a message asking me about my condition so I figured I'd update everyone if anyone else was interested.
Previous thread

So I stopped posting in the thread because nothing was really changing. Got diagnosed at 15 which sucked, but I haven't really lost any vision since then either which is nice. So Glaucoma is mostly caused by a build up of Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP) due to a fluid called "aqueous humor" that naturally flows through the eye or other causes. The medicine was annoying for a while. I originally had a bunch of eye-drops which I'll list the effects of, starting with "Dorzolamide" which stung like lemon juice to apply, but I never really learned how it helped. "Brimonidine" didn't hurt to apply, but it made me really sleepy as a side-effect, and worked by getting my brain to produce less aqueous humor. "Latanoprost" didn't have any noticeable side-effects, but it barely worked on me. It was supposed to improve drainage. "Pilocarpine" was the one I hated the most by far, but it was the most effective at reducing pressure. It improved drainage, and contracted my pupils. The pupilary contraction was meant to make it easier for surgery, but I only ever went through one. It sucked because it made me really near-sighted for a few hours after use, and I had to use it 4 times a day, and the new eyesight was never stable, so I couldn't get glasses that would reliably help either. I also had a pill called "Diamox" that was supposed to help, but didn't really and made things taste different.

Anyway, there was a new medicine called "Rocklatan" which works a lot like Latanoprost but actually works really well for me to the point where I dropped every other medication besides Brimonidine and now the eye pressure is pretty stable. Only problem is that it makes my eyes red as if I've constantly been smoking weed, and it costs so much that I'm still paying $60 per bottle even after insurance covers most of it. By comparison, the co-pay for everything else was like $2 per medication.

I did at one point get a surgery that was supposed to improve natural drainage, but it didn't work somehow. There were no complications, it just didn't improve what it needed to by any good amount after a week of healing. At least I got a video out of it! (Warning, it's a surgery video) I got stitches in my eye, and it felt real weird when they took them out. They had to press on my eye to "break" the stitching, and then pull them out with tweezers. Best way I could say to replicate the feeling is to take a single hair and pinch it between your thumb and pointer finger, then pull it through with your other hand. It wasn't painful at all, just a strange sensation.

Now the plan is to just check the pressure every-so-often and hope the medicine keeps working. Or for future research to yield promising results for ocular regeneration, which there are a few things being tested already. My left eye can barely see anything, and my right eye is mostly fine, so besides the occasional pressure headache or poor depth perception things are okay.

I think I covered nearly everything, I'll be happy to answer any questions!

Off Topic / Re: Whamageddon 2021 (game end)
« on: December 25, 2021, 04:58:40 PM »
Only finally heard a cover a few minutes ago. I survived!

Games / Re: [spoiler thread] deltarune chapeter 2
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:37:59 PM »
also i hope we get to see the picture that got taken in the acid tunnel. i want canonical kris middle finger
It's a shame that it won't happen, but I wish they'd make some CGs that you could unlock like the acid tunnel picture. It's one wonderful idea from visual novels that wouldn't be out of place in a bunch of other games.

Drama / Re: I'm sorry for the things I've done
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:28:25 PM »
bro im promised you NOBODY REMEMBERS WHAT DID please stop worrying
Guilt can bubble up in the strangest of ways.

It's okay my child, all is forgiven.

Off Topic / Re: Whamageddon 2021 (it has begun)
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:24:03 PM »
I went to the mall, and the stores were playing the usual suspects, like Mariah Carrey and others, even a pretty baller rendition of the Nut Cracker, but surprisingly no Last Christmas. I think I may have survived the most dangerous scenario for the month so far...

Off Topic / Re: Anyone else feel alone?
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:22:37 PM »
I have good friends and all that jazz, but the lack of a romantic relationship hurts my soul

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