November 7th, 2005

Donna Noble

Car question

Didn't see this in the memories, so.

I know almost nothing about cars, but I do a lot of cars have internal computers controlling some of their functions. Are there still any cars made without one? About how many cars on the road today wouldn't be able to function if their internal computer didn't work at all?


Recovery after a tib-fib fracture.

My character was hit by a car about six weeks before the story happens, and broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. It was fixed surgically with the insertion of an IM rod, and he's just been upgraded from the long cast to a knee-toe length walking cast that he can put a bit of weight on. (He's had the walking cast less than a week.)

What I'm really after now is the little details of what life is like for him at this stage in the recovery process, to try and add a little veracity. Stuff like:

* What are the worst difficulties with dressing, sleeping and bathing/showering? Any other mundane activities the cast might make really awkward?

* How well could he get around without his crutches? Would he be able to hobble a few steps unaided, or could he only do that if he was clinging to the furniture?

* What kind of pain/discomfort might he be in? I know he's using muscles and joints he hasn't for a while, so where is he likely to have aches and stiffness?

Basically, anybody who's been in that kind of cast or knows someone who has, any details you can give me on how it makes life difficult would be wonderfully useful. Thanks!

weight of an arm; prosthetics

I did try Googling this but no luck.

How much (approx.) does a human arm weigh? Imagine a human man of average size and build, in decent shape, with some degree of muscle tone/definition in the arms (but not action-movie-star bulging biceps). If this man were to lose an arm, about how much would his body weight decrease?

Also, if he gets a prosthetic arm -- absolutely state-of-the-art, most high-tech prosthetic available today -- how much would that weigh? What material would it be made out of?

In the rain...

How many times does a doctor do his rounds a day?

I'm not sure how to google this and I thought it would be easier to ask anyone who have had first hand experience here. Imagine my character was hospitalised because of burns from a fire. I would presume a doctor would make his daily rounds and check up on her everyday, ask her how's she's feeling and all that. My question is: are the rounds really daily? As in, does the doctor just do routine checks once a day? Or more than once? I suppose it would vary from one hospital to another but I was hoping to get a rough idea of the norm.

Thanks in advance!