December 6th, 2005


Treatment for slit wrists?

Hi, I’m hoping for some help or a point in the right direction because I’m not getting the type of results I need through Google.

I have a character who tried to commit suicide sometime in his youth (around 16-18) to escape his psychic powers (he’s clairvoyant). I want him to survive but I want to know a bit about the treatment of such a wound and any therapy that would be needed. I know that slitting the wrist across the wrist is not as effective as using a blade up your arm, from reading. I assume the first would be easiest to survive, but can the second type of wound be treated if caught in time? Would the scarring of either wound be very bad? (In movies/shows it’s always obvious but I wasn’t sure if that’s actually the case in reality.) And would my character be forced into therapy of some kind because of the suicide attempt?

The setting, if it helps, is in a small southern town in the United States.

Thanks in advance!
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Addressing parliament members while speaking

In a fic I'm working on -- bearing in mind this isn't any country on planet Earth, but it's canonically established that the current government in place is a parliament. In the scene I'm on, a member of the military, a corporal, actually, has been called into a special meeting before the house of parliament. The meeting was basically a review of some events which occured and an offer they wanted to make to him. It's a rather formal, official meeting, and the character being put on the hot seat would conduct himself accordingly, to be sure.

That said, I've been googling, but all I've found were how members of a parliament speak to other members, and how to address a letter to a member of parliament. What I have here is a non-member addressing one particular one verbally.

If it were me, in America, I'd likely be saying "Congressman" (if in the House of Representatives) or "Senator" (if in the Senate) but I'm not sure what would be correct here in this instance. Since this isn't England, or any country on Earth, there's liable to be some leeway, but I need to know where the boundaries are to know how much leeway, if any.
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Irish Christian priests pre-1700

So, I'm writing this novel that takes place from about 1680-1740-ish. It is mostly set in Italy, but the main character spent her childhood in Ireland. Her time in Ireland is only refered to in flashbacks, so everything is mentioned rather briefly, but I still want to make it as real as possible :}.
Now, I'm not Catholic myself, I'm Methodist, and even though my family is Irish I know next to nothing about Irish traditions or Irish Christianity. My research skills aren't the best (especially when I have schoolwork to focus on), and finding information about early (pre-1750) Irish anything seems to be rather difficult. So I have questions!

-The time the main character is in Ireland is the late 1680's. She ends up taking on the form of a puppy (yeah, okay, so I write fantasy novels. Deal with it >D) and living with a priest. Now, if I'm understanding history right (probably not), by this time there was the split between the Anglican and Catholic parts of Ireland. Originally, I had the priest written as 'trained Anglican, converted Catholic,' ie: he was an Anglican priest, now he's a Catholic one. I know nowadays, at least, that can happen, but would it have been feasible back then, or completely outlawed or what?

-Nowadays, Anglican priests are allowed to marry, right? If my research is true, Anglican priests who are married and convert Catholic are allowed to stay married, although there is definitely a very hush-hush attitude towards it...right? Were Anglican priests allowed to marry in Ireland back then, and did the whole conversion/stay married thing exist?

-Would Mass back then in Ireland have been performed in English, Latin, Irish, or all three? The place the priest lives is a pretty small town, a fair distance away from the nearest large city, so I'm assuming people would have been doing most of their day-to-day talking in Irish.

-In a small town, would there just be one priest? I'm horrible with numbers for population all I can describe it as is 'small'. Sorry.

Anyhoo, that's all. Thanks for listening ^^;.