December 14th, 2005

hurt shoulder healing times and such

Okay, so here's tonight's random hypothetical situation:
A guy hurts his shoulder (not important how) to the point where it's dislocated and the muscles/tendons/ligaments and whatever are torn and/or generally messed up to the point where the guy can't use his arm for a while. For fun, let's say this is a world without advanced medical stuffs of any sort, and there's no magic, so the only thing a doctor can really do for him is replace the dislocated shoulder and give him something for the pain. (sorry if this is kinda generalized...)

-Assuming this place has basically the same flora/fauna/whatever as our world, what kind of medicine(s) might this guy take for pain? How much? Let's be crazy and say this guy has like next to zero pain tolerance, so the initial injury would make him feel extremely nauseous.
-How long would it take for an injury like that to heal? Let's assume the guy is smart enough to not use a limb that hurts really badly, so he doesn't aggravate the injury.
-Would it be reasonable to assume that the muscles/ligaments/whatever would be scarred or otherwise weakened by such an injury? So that, say, years later the guy overworks his shoulder, might he experience pain? To what degree? ((I'm assuming he'd get at least the painful-twitchy kind of pain, because I mildly sprained my knee almost ten years ago and it still complains at me if I do certain kinds of motion for extended periods of time.))

That's it for now! Thanks guys, you're all so full of collections of 'useless bits of information that probably will never come in handy except on quiz shows' and that makes me happy. :D

Martial arts for mangling people?

So... i have this really silly story where someone loses her memory, and as a result, ends up ythinking she is some sort of a Jasonn Bourne-esque trained killer type. Now, i want her to have solid reasons for believing this; before the amnesia happens, she is v. athletic, and her hobbies involve shooting and martial arts. She studies languages, too. Now, what I need to know is, what sort of "common" matrial arts could she have been learning that would be best for mangling people? Not flashy but brutal/efficient?

IRA motivation

What are the main principals behind the IRA (Irish Republican Army)? Someone said Catholism is an important principal, but apparently it isn't.

I know very little about the IRA and it's not something I'm having an easy time looking up either. (was actually very surprised to find that IRA also stands for something to do with retirment, but anyway!)

If anyone knows any important beliefs that the IRA hold (other than Ireland being independant), or any principals that they hold, I would really, really appreciate being told. Thank you so very much in advance!
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