"I want to share a cautionary tale with you guys. I make light of it, but it’s a very serious issue we don’t really think about until it’s too late. Until this year, I actually really never cared about getting accurate eye colors for my cosplays. I’ve been wearing prescription lenses since around 2003. But this year I decided to start getting some SFX contact lenses. I even got a contact lens sponsorship that I abused. However. I thoroughly regret it now. I suffered a huge injury all because I didn’t get contact lenses from my doctor. In cosplay, it’s very tempting to buy from these SFX contact sellers because it’s convenient and it’s relatively more cost friendly. (I say relatively because the medical bills from this injury have amounted to many times more than the costs I’ve spent on lenses.) After wearing some lenses on Saturday of SDCC, my eye suffered a 90% corneal abrasion. That number is very high and abnormal for just a contact lens. It’s usually from a more violent trauma. At first, the guess was that I was wearing the wrong size. (The diameter isn’t the only important measurement when getting properly fitted lenses.) I saw 4 different doctors and after some time it was determined that it was the quality of the lenses. My lens provided almost no oxygen to my eye, it melded, and when I took out my lens, it took out 90% of my cornea with it. They were concerned that the damage was so severe I might actually go blind from it.
It was extremely painful and ugly and just awful. At one point I was trying so hard to force myself not to cry and scream because it hurt so bad but the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and that was so frustrating.
I couldn’t even open my right eye, because it hurt to squeeze my left eye even the slightest bit. It took over a week and a half to heal the abrasion. Now I’m left with scarring and clouding which is causing blindness. I’m legally blind in my left eye right now which is to say I can “see” but it’s beyond blurry. If I stay this way, it means this eye will never have a prescription that will provide me with any visual accuracy in that eye. I’ve been upgraded to steroids. The clouding has reduced a very low percentage, but I haven’t regained any of my vision. The doctors are hopeful, but it’s not certain I’ll regain my vision. The process takes over a month to heal. Some people have it worse from this injury and lose ALL eyesight. I’m very lucky.
So moral of this story? I really hope I motivate at least one cosplayer never to order contact lenses from sources outside of your optometrist or websites that are recommended by/require prescriptions from optometrists. I know colored contacts are so tempting for accuracy, and a fun look, but if they do not come from trusted sources, you are just risking your safety and health for cheap, harmful quality.
This photo is from last Thursday and Friday. After a whole week I was finally able to open my eye.
Something I didn’t know is that purchasing contact lenses outside of your doctor is actually ILLEGAL in some states. It’s illegal in California. Do some research on your states laws before you buy them too!
*** I’m seeing these comments and getting messages with a bunch of incorrect facts.***
- Corneal abrasions are NOT rare. Corneal abrasions from contact lenses are the top reason for most corneal abrasions. Not all cases are as extreme as mine. And mine wasn’t even the most extreme case.
- Some people said I would’ve felt it immediately and taken my contact lens out. FALSE. I wore my contact lenses for close to 8 hours with out a single sign of pain or discomfort. The injury occurred when I was taking my lenses out.
- This was NOT the first time I wore SFX lenses. And this was NOT the first time I wore contact lenses. I’ve been wearing lenses for 10 years.
- This was NOT a matter of incorrect sizing, but a matter of QUALITY OF PRODUCT. I was using Pinky Paradise lenses. If you’ve been using Pinky Paradise, good for you. So was I. If you want to continue to use them, good. for. you. I am merely sharing my story as it could happen to ANY ONE even if they’ve been wearing a certain brand for a long time, LIKE ME.
I am choosing not to risk quality of product to save a few bucks any more. I don’t even know if I’ll regain vision in my eye so saving $10 and a few doctors visit was NOT worth it to me.”
I haven’t seen this around tumblr yet but knowing that pinkyparadise is a popular contact lens provider for the cosplay community, I had to share this here. Please, please be careful when it comes to contact lenses you guys.
Boost this like crazy.
I know it might seem “frustrating” if a company won’t take your money without a current prescription- been there done that. But trust me- you do NOT want to mess around with medical devices. Contact lenses, like prescription medicine, should only be used WITH a prescription specific to you.
What Love means to a 4-8 year old: A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ’What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined
See what you think:
‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ – Rebecca, age 8
‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ – Billy, age 4
‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ – Karl, age 5
‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ –Chrissy, age 6
‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ -Terri, age 4
‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ – Danny, age 7
‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.
They look gross when they kiss’ – Emily, age 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen.’ –Bobby, age 7
‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate” –Nikka, age 6
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday..’ –Noelle, age 7
‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ –Tommy, age 6
‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ – Cindy, age 8
‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ –Clare, age 6
‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ –Elaine, age 5
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ –Chris, age 7
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ -Mary Ann, age 4
‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ –Lauren, age 4
‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ - Karen, age 7
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’ –Mark, age 6
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ –Jessica, age 8
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’.
THIS FUCKING KILLED ME!!
Real battle engagement. Readers no longer observe the movements of troops from afar or summaries. Direct bloodshed, the shoot down of soldiers and horses, the sounds of guns, and each smoke cloud are vividly displayed, in addition of prior description of agitated disorder of the stationary Russian troops who “have never tasted the smell of gun-powder” (though this was used for Austria Ministry of War) and were excited for the battle and its glory of cutting down the enemy that they “have heard of before”. It’s the battle of Austerlitz! Murat and the French vs Bagration and the Russian!
I admire these chapter for its artistic measures, how it animate fear and confusion from the battle into readers mind. Maybe because I’m not matured enough and not experienced enough with reading, especially in English (not my mother tongue) that reading these chapters is hard for me. But the illustration of the soldiers’ thoughts was intentionally broken and I really did get confused!
Again, continue with the impression on the characters:
+ Prince Andrei: such courageous character! Such righteousness! He stayed at the battlefield; he went to the front line; he departed for the war on his own for his call of glorious military duty. He said the uncomfortable truth of what happened at the artillery battery. (that aids for Tushin’s troops were nowhere to be found)
+ Tushin: courageous man with a good/kind heart. He moan in silence for the lost men and those are barely alive in pain. But he is quite artless and is easily overwhelmed by the authority that he almost harmed himself and his name when he was called in on Prince Bagration.
+ Rostov: thoughtless! He let his personal affairs affect his sharp judgement, let it got the better of himself when he alone charged towards the enemy, yet with delusion of glory clouded his eyes.
+ This one officer who was suppose to deliver the order to pull back to Tushin’s troops but got scared and quickly ran away: this sly man — who avoided responsibility — lied that he stayed at the battlefield, when being questioned by Prince Bagration.
My mother made a point when I was asking about the book: that the book displays a diverse set of characters: sly people, rustic and simple minded people, etc.
The book has really turned to the “War” part of “War and Peace”. The set of the story follows Prince Andrei’s foot through the battlefields to the military camp and the royal retreat in Austria. The war and the character’s spirits are illustrated vividly through Tolstoy’s various comparisons. The author’s art measures were diverse, but his use of comparison is most effective, in my opinion, to successfully bring the unfamiliar actions and expressions in the characters to the readers. For example, the expression of the general is compared to the more widely-familiar expression of someone else whom face a more mundane and everyday tasks. The appearance of the soldiers is described in detail. Tolstoy made sure not to leave the reader lost in his story due to vague background. Not only does the book follows what Prince Andrei saw and encountered, the scenery around him and the background — from Vienna, Schonbrunn-Brumaire, Brunn, etc that created changes in the hands at war and situation that the characters go through — were carefully illustrated. The author draws up a much bigger picture of the general war. Which infantry is being pulled through which kind of terrain is described. Paragraphs are dedicated to draw up the background of the characters. (This may contributes to the boring start of the second part of book one). The excitement, the joyous atmosphere, as well as the uncertain fear of each characters appears vividly alive in the reader’s imagination. Nevertheless, I stand in awe of Tolstoy’s skill to pace the reader through the storyline: the scene and the story changed as quickly the battle’s situation. These changes, which in battle, are dismay to the soldiers, leave the readers as agape as the character in the story.
Roughly outlining the story, the Russian troops advanced into Austria (in view of forcing her to participate in the war — according to the first part of book I). Russia was siding with Austria, however, a feeling of indifference and contemptuousness existed between the two forces. And this created all the interesting inner feelings in the character, especially in Prince Andrei, who Tolstoy put lots of attention to. I foresee that Andrei Bolkonsky is a character that will develop a lot later in the book. Back and forth retreats between the Russian and the French, initially victorious over the French, Prince Andrei came with the news to the royal, but they expressed barely any interested; then the Russian was in a hard place as the Austrian lost the important bridge into the French hand and let them advanced to destroy the Russian infantry. To buy time, both sides pretended a peace truce. But Napoleon Bonaparte found out the flaw in Murat’s plan and reprimanded him. At the end of chapter 17, the two armies started to engage in battle, where soldiers set blood and are physically injured. But the excitement for battle and anxiousness were all over places, especially in the generals and commanders. Nevertheless, the lost and fear never ceded.
This part of “War and Peace” brings my attention to two characters and to two lessons I think would be valuable in today’s modern world.
- Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: an admirable man with strong determination and pride in his homeland, as well as lots of unfortunate flaws — unreasonable prejudice, close-minded, headstrong, selfish (for his pride and heroism) and heartlessness. Working as the commander in chief’s trustful adjutant, Prince Andrei is brimming with happiness for doing his beloved righteous military job.
- Prince Bagration: calm and collected. His presence only, calm the anxious soldiers in the face of the French army which was eight times stronger even without its full force. He is also an admirable man: not putting orders and impose ideas on other, yet, appears as all events — though by chance or by the soldiers’ will - was accorded to his intention. Prince Bagration makes himself look trustful and as if he knows more and can control the situation better than anyone else. —— lesson be learnt that by making yourself looks smart, you can actually be smart and affect people surrounding you.
How Austria General Mack lost and how the Vienna bridge was lost to Murat (French) inspired a lesson about treachery: (never) trust your enemy’s sudden hospitality. The case of field commander, or no-one but the emperor of Russian himself, not having the authority to arrange a truce also reminds me of a business negotiation rule: never let the negotiator have the absolute power, as he can make blunder considering his high power to decides which and what to give up and to not give up. This decision can also be easily swayed by the circumstances of the negotiation.
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