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Blood Oath [message #7883] Thu, 23 May 2013 12:30 Go to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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A little something my mind nagged at me about..

I'll just post the link. I can copy it over here if there's interest...

http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/fiction/44545/blood-oath
Re: Blood Oath [message #7884] Thu, 23 May 2013 21:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anne  is currently offline Anne
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I like it! Please to continue your story, even if it doesn't ever cross over into the Tuckerverse further than Sheila.
Re: Blood Oath [message #7886] Fri, 24 May 2013 17:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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One thing: everybody who writes about such things talks about using blades of some type to obtain drops of blood. Mom was a diabetic and I used a spring-loaded lancet gadget to get a drop of blood for testing her glucose levels (like this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_lancet.) Click, small ouch, and it's all over. Doesn't hurt much (I know because I tested them on myself), especially if you stick the side of a fingertip - right in the middle does hurt.
Re: Blood Oath [message #7887] Fri, 24 May 2013 21:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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I've got one of those (being diabetic, it's kinda required). But I can see why folks would use a scalpel blade like Tuck & Sheila did.

Mind you, I suspect that you *can* write with blood if you have a decent calligraphy pen. Smile

Re: Blood Oath [message #7888] Fri, 24 May 2013 21:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sir Lee  is currently offline Sir Lee
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Even if you don't know about blood lancets, there are other ways. I have seen people using disposable hypodermic needles to do the small puncture needed for blood typing and such. They are cheap, sterile and easy to get.

Oh wait... U.S.A. Apparently the possession of needles without a prescription is/was forbidden in many jurisdictions. So, maybe not that easy to get.


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Blood Oath [message #7889] Sat, 25 May 2013 08:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anne  is currently offline Anne
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The funny thing about needles is that a resourceful person can almost always get clean ones. I certainly know where I can get them with no questions asked. I wonder if the lancets that you're discussing are also considered controlled medical devices?

A government that insists it can protect you from everything is like living with a tiger. Even if it has been hand raised from birth a tiger remains a deadly predator.

Re: Blood Oath [message #7890] Sun, 26 May 2013 00:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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Anne wrote on Sat, 25 May 2013 05:00

The funny thing about needles is that a resourceful person can almost always get clean ones. I certainly know where I can get them with no questions asked. I wonder if the lancets that you're discussing are also considered controlled medical devices?


Don't think so. You need both the lancing device and the disposable lancets. I got my spare lancing device from a pharmacy attached to the HMO I had at the time, so I'm not sure since I had other stuff covered by the prescription benefit at the time.

and while you are *supposed* to swap the lancet after every stick, I only do one a day and swap it every week. So it takes me a *long* time to go thru a box of lancets.

So I haven't actually tried to buy them seperately.

BTW, Sheila, likely being something medical in addition to being a therapist wouldn't have a lot of trouble getting needles.

Then again, *anybody* can buy a box of individually wrapped sterile scalpel blades (they have lots of hobby uses, and can't be used to use drugs, so they aren't regulated)
Re: Blood Oath [message #7891] Sun, 26 May 2013 06:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anne  is currently offline Anne
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I asked because of the idiocy of making needles illegal. And yes scalpels or the equivalent are currently available without having a MD or prescription. But one wonders how long that will last since the govt insists on regulating more and more of our lives (for our safety [or worse yet for the children]all in the name of making us safe from everything.

The first and hardest to accept Fact of life is that we are all mortal. Nothing that govt can do will change that fact. Whether or not Sheila can obtain (knows a workaround or even wants to work around the ban on) needles may be affected by that ban. So she uses a readily available blade. I don't have any problem with that. Some of my rant I guess is that by trying to control every possible avenue of danger the govt limits our opportunity to succeed. But I really don't want to get political here. I liked your story, I hope you continue it. I enjoyed the series that you mention in the comments. I have never studied the ritual magic of Christianity however I can see the edges of it. Anyone who attempts to remove all danger tends to forget that the worst danger we ever face is power concentrated in the hands of a few men. It matters not what good they intended, the power will corrupt them. This too is a Fact of life proven by objective observation.
Re: Blood Oath [message #7894] Mon, 27 May 2013 17:33 Go to previous message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Please to be separating "constructive criticism" and/or "culture questions" from "IDIOCY OF GOVERNMENTS".

Otherwise, I will start to post on the topic of "IDIOCY OF GOVERNMENTS" and I have years worth of foaming-at-the-mouth I could do.

Anne, not that you're wrong about the flaming can't-tell-if-it's-stupid-or-evil-because-it's-so-both.


Ellen
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