October 2nd, 2006

1920's Hospital; Character Allergic? Reacting Badly To Saline?

Right, um first entry in here, so if I do it wrong I'm sorry...

So, I have a young man- mid twenties- who's been taken to the ER for a gunshot to the shoulder. Tendons were damaged, but not much else and he's just woken up from surgery to take the bullet out- What I need to know is, is it possible to be allergic (not the right word, but I don't know any other >.<) to normal dose saline solution when it's coupled with morphine?
Also, what kind of drug would a 1920's hospital give a patient for pain after surgery? Is it at all possible to react badly to the combination of morphine and normal dose saline, but not morphine and quarter-dose saline?

What I already know:

-Saline is a salt solution given to patients who need to be rehydrated or stabalized after surgery.
-Your body will not reject saline as it is basically like blood, but instead of protein it's made of salt.
-'Allergic' is entirely not the right word to use; neither is 'reaction'. Maybe it's an auto-immune thing?
- Most normal humans don't react all that badly to saline- it would be the painkillers, if anything.
Cartland, Writing

Royal Italian Opera, London, 1855

The ROH's web page (and the Wikipedia article plaigarized reprinted from it) skip the details on the very year I need.

Does anyone know where I can look--now that my google-fu has failed--to find out what would have been playing at the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, in October and/or November 1855? Barring that, what (in addition to Shakespeare) would have been likely to be performed there in that year?

I actually just need to get a bishop's widow, her daughter, her ward, and a well-born gentleman to a theater performance within that time frame, so other respectable venues (Haymarket, maybe?) with surviving records will do.

Book recommendations are welcome.

Yes, I realize I may have to contact someone at the ROH on this, but I thought I'd try y'all first.

Thanks very very much!

misinterpretations in history because of words' unreliability

Hey everyone, I could use a few examples from history to strengthen my paper on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Throughout the novel, Anderson illustrates how words cannot be relied upon because they are so easily misinterpreted.. Are there any famous events in history—you know, ones that can easily be referred to in a paper—where a person was led to his or her downfall because of a misinterpreted message? Or words' ambiguity? Or any misunderstanding in general?

buffy spike black&amp;violet by gilkurtisctx
  • tabaqui

Holy Cross Cathedral - Boston, MA - architecture/interior


I'm hoping someone here actually lives in Boston and has been in this church. I haven't been very successful in finding images of the interior. What i need to know is what it looks like just as you walk in - what is to the left and right, is it open or narrow or - what? Carpet? Stone?

And what it looks like as you walk up to the main altar, also. Again, floor, ceiling, carpet yes or no, anything you can tell me.

The pictures here - scroll down to number 14 - say they're from 1911? Does the church no longer have that vaulted ceiling?

This site seems to put the interior in a totally different light:

And lastly, this - is this the main altar, what you'd look at if you were attending a service? Scroll just a little.

Any help - including links - is great. Thank you!
penelope - swinging

Victorian British Euphemism for Syphilis?

So, I've been doing some research and I found that Syphilis has multiple names such as lues, the French disease, etc, but which one is a promiscuous ladies' maid for the daughter of a viscount most likely to use? And how would the viscount's daughter refer to it?

EDIT: The response on this has been amazing. Thanks everyone for your help, you gave me a lot of really good ideas and information.
Carson Rodney Seriously

Mobility after Double Above-Knee Amputation

I get so much junk when googling this. Anyone know what sort of mobility options there are for a fairly healthy late-ish 30s man if he were to have both legs amputated above the knee due to an accident? Is he going to be limited to some sort of wheelchair or is there any possibility of prosthetics with crutches? If the latter, how easily could he handle stairs, inclines, that sort of thing?

Seal Of Solomon Or Solomon's Ring

Is that even in the Bible? Or the Torah or Qu'ran(sorry if I mangled the spelling thereof...)? And if it is actually specifically mentioned, where and what books/lines? I've read the First Book Of Kings through twice already... I'm either blind or it isn't in my version of the Bible (King James). Google seems to only tell me where the legend originated, Wiki says it's a Bible story but gives no lines of reference... Help?
P.S- If I messed up my Google search feel free to point and laugh at me ^.^
Saiyaloid Raditz
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Fabrics for Napoleonic-era uniforms, and dyeing

Once again, I've managed to find almost-but-not-quite what I'm looking for, and so I turn to you wonderful and helpful people.

1. Typically, what kind of fabric(s) were Napoleonic-era infantry uniforms made of? And would this material be suitable for an army permanently based on a sub-tropical island? (If not, what kind of fabric would be suitable for them to use?)

2. I also need a blue dye. Indigo seems to be what I'm looking for, but what I can't seem to find out is how good it is for covering other colours. Basically, could you re-dye something from bottle-green to dark blue using indigo, or would it come out as some horrible colour between the two?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: I think I have what I need, now. Thanks, folks! :-)


If a father disowns his son, would the son automatically take on the name of his mother?  Or would he still keep his father's name until/if he decides to change it?

The story takes place now, but, it's in a fantasy setting so there's some leeway.