August 18th, 2005

Practical difficulties of gender switching

I am borrowing a character for a piece of fanfiction, as you do. He is a male character I've written about before, but in the course of this story, he's going to switch gender, and I'd like to write realistic consequences of this. The difficulty is that unlike real life gender reassignment I could google for, this is literally an overnight transformation, and what's more, it's not what I would call emotionally traumatic. The character was quite happy being male and will eventually be happy being female, but she is surprised and a little unnerved.

Basically, I'm looking for suggestions for, well, little details to underline the sudden change. She's going to be somewhat daunted by tampons, she's going to think twice about which set of public toilets to use, she's going to be surprised at having less physical strength than she did. Can anyone suggest any more of these purely practical problems?

Physical results of heart stopping

I adore this community for all the wonderfully random things it has taught me. You guys rock ♥

Anyway, my question. I have a ten year old character who's heart stopped due to outside trauma (forgive me, that part was kinda fudged). He was technically dead for a few minutes before his heart restarted through defibrillation. What I'm asking about are the physical consequences of essentially dying and coming back. Cascade Hospital, which is linked on the userinfo, didn't quite answer this, and right now all I have to go on are the various ways the cast of Flatliners seemed to react after they each did their individual experiment.

Heart transplant fun

I'm writing a story about a man who recieves a transplanted heart. The heart's donor is the focal point of the story, not the transplant itself, but I still want the details of the transplant to be believable. I've found all kinds of information about how the actual transplant process happens, but not much about anything else. So, a few questions:

1. Obviously, a heart transplant is only done if a patient is in dire straits and there are no other options, but what's the LEAST severe illness/condition/defect/injury/whatever that would require a transplant?

2. How soon after the donor's death is the heart removed and ready to be transplanted?

3. How how soon after removal from the donor is the transplant performed?

4. When can the recipient go back to work and whatever else to start to get on with his life?

Australian Law (Keeping Someone in the Country)

I'm writing a novel in which my protagonist (a 20-year-old girl woman lady) must stay in Sydney, Australia for a few years. She doesn't want to be there but because of a crime she committed in the past she has to be. I know that in some cases, when someone has committed a crime instead of going to jail they are fined and asked not to leave the country/state for a certain amount of time.

My question is: for those familair with Australian law (even though I'm Australian I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to that) what kind of crime could my main character commit that would prevent her from leaving the country for a few years? I originally had the idea of something to do with drugs, but my father said you're unlikely to be forced to stay in the country - you'd be either jailed or fined. I was then thinking some kind of fraud, maybe credit card fraud, but I really wasn't too sure.