November 19th, 2006

make-believe (Rainbow Dash)

Feeling pain as adrenaline fades

I don't even know where to begin looking for this, and I suspect this isn't something most articles would cover anyway. I know adrenaline serves as a pain blocker during, say, the rush of battle (my attempt at Googling clarified why, at least), but when the adrenaline starts to fade, how does it feel? Does the pain hit you all at once, or you become aware of it gradually?

While I'm asking, might as well confirm a guess: when you wake up in pain (after you've been knocked cold from whatever caused it), is the pain generally the first thing you become aware of? I seem to recall reading this in a book or two, but confirmation (or denial) would be nice.

Thanks in advance!

~yet another NaNo writer behind schedule

Timeframe for STD testing

I have a character in a lab who's ordered to run the usual STD tests on a male patient. Since he's in a fully equipped lab and has the proper education and all he probably has everything he needs available, I assume. What I'm trying to find out is how long it would take the character realistically to complete all tests. I'm not talking about the incubation period and all. It's clear that you can't have a definite test result right after exposure on most infections. But if we disregard that and the character has all the samples ready, right here, how long would it take him to complete them all?

I have no idea how the testing actually goes, how long the samples need to react with whatever or anything. If it's just a glance in the microscope, a mixing with testing fluid... no clue. So, how long is it? Immediate? A day? A week?

Also, what do they samples actually look like as the lab technician gets them? Does he get tubes with the substances in them, or are they already on a glass tray? How are they stored to keep them fresh? I assume the usual tests would be chlamydia (urethral swab or urine sample), gonorrhea (urethral swab) and HIV, Herpes and Hep B and C (blood samples). I just need some details so I can describe the scene properly.

I've googled and wikied STDs and testing, but most of the time I just got the timeframe info on HIV and most of them just go into great detail about incubation time, false negatives, necessary retesting etc. but that's not what I'm concerned about right now.
Kirsten Dunst

Ouija Boards - symbols, disposal, etc.

Ah, NanoWriMo. You torture us all.

What does it mean when the planchette begins moving in a figure eight/infinity symbol? While Googling I found two things: one, that the spirit is gaining power; two, an evil spirit is in control of the board.

What is the proper way to dispose of a Oija board? I've heard break it into seven pieces, sprinkle it with Holy Water, and bury it. Is this the general accepted method? And, what is the origin of this method?

I also heard that burning it was bad, since whoever hears it scream has 36 hours to live. Does anyone know the origins of this belief?

Any other methods would be appreciated. Thank you!