I swear my google fu has never failed me so bad before ...
My story is set today in Germany.
The question is simple enough: I'm working on an idea where two characters (teenagers) meet in an hospital as patients. So far so good.
All I need are plausible medical conditions that require long hospital stays BUT don't render someone completely immobile/barely conscious (like a coma wouldn't work for obvious reasons).
Of course I googled "long term illness", "long hospital stay", "chronic illness", "what reasons for long hospital stay?" etc etc but all I got were a dozen hospital websites that didn't really explain wo me what I wanted to know. ;)
My first thought was cancer, so I researched cancer and treatment. But the more I found out the more it seems that people don't stay that long in a hospital aside from the surgeries or during the final stages. I totally thought chemotherapy would have to be stationary but obviously that's not the case?
Anything neurological (craniocerebral injuries, cerebral haemorrhaging etc.) would almost always affect their cognition/consciousness which I don't want, so that's out of the question.
The only thing I found out so far are people waiting for a heart or lung transplants and have to be monitored 24/7 or people with kidney failure who need renal dialysis? Except again I'm not really sure because I already found cases of patients who lived at home and only went for a few hours per day (or per week) to the hospital for dialysis. Does anybody know in which cases hospitalization is required?
So in a nutshell: Are there any plausibel medical conditions, injuries, chronic illnesses or anything that would require long stays at the hospital and a lot of treatement? I'd be really grateful for any kind of help!
My story is set in late 1300s (pre-Sengoku era) Japan, in medieval Kyoto. It's a historical fantasy work. My main character, O-Chie, is a prostitute, sold to the brothel at age 8 and working in that capacity since age 13. The girl these questions pertain to is her trainee, Hatsu. O-Chie is 18 when Hatsu is given to her; Hatsu is 7. O-Chie doesn't have a choice in the matter, and resents the girl's care and instruction being forced on her. Despite having once been in the exact same situation herself, her mentor treats her badly. She is emotionally neglectful much of the time, and physical punishment for infractions (or pretty much anything else) is standard within the environment. I'm not making any excuses for any of O-Chie's behavior towards the girl. It's detestable and outright abusive. It does improve with time.
Over the course of the next year, Hatsu is exposed to everything one would probably expect to find in a medieval brothel:
Now, with that said, my question boils down to this: What effects could all of this be expected to have on Hatsu, both in the short-term and the long-term? Primarily, I'm concerned with psychological and emotional effects, but anything else is welcome.
I have a number of books on prostitution, but none of them discuss the psychological or emotional impacts in any detail. I know about the long-term effects of sexual abuse on children, and I also know that this scenario does constitute sexual abuse, just not in the usual sense.
Terms searched include: "long-term effects of exposure to sexual abuse" and "psychological effects of a brothel environment". This is a difficult thing to find the proper terms for when searching.
Thank you for any help you can provide with this somewhat...strange question.