July 20th, 2007


Hand Impalment

Setting: USA (specifically Illinois), early nineties, standard world.

Searches Tried: "impaled hands," "stigmata," "impaled hand," "impaled hand injuries," "impaled hand damage." This answer was helpful, but I'm unsure if a nail would have a different effect since it's wider than a knife.

Question: So I have this character who, when he was a kid, tripped and fell on a board and impaled his right hand on a nail. I know likely treatment of the wound. What I would like to know is if it is possible for him to have full use of the hand as an adult; ideally he'd have a scar on both sides and that would be the only result of the wound. He was taken to the hospital immediately afterwards and got medical attention throughout the healing of the wound. So, is it possible for the nail to have missed all the tendons, bones and nerves in the hand? Likeliness of such a stroke of luck is irrelevant, since I'm mocking myself a bit.

Edit: Got my answer. That was fast! Thanks so much!
Hungover Brian

Stopping something changing shape

I wondered if anyone could help me with this.

I need an object, plant, substance or word that is thought to stop a shapechanging creature/thing changing shape. It does need to be from folklore not a book or RPG.

I've searched on variations of - Stop, Shapechange, Shape, Change, Polymorph, Werewolf, Lycanthrope, Golem and Transubstantiation. All with no luck.

It doesn't need to apply to werewolves, or even something biological. It could be alchemical and would suit my purposes fine. It can also be from any folklore or myth from anywhere.

Any help much appreciated.

*****EDIT**** Got what I need now. Thank you all.

medical care and masonry in 1903 in the back of beyond

Hi, this is my first question here.

One of the main characters in my WIP is a nurse, who is working in Yellowstone National Park, at the construction site of the Old Faithful Inn, in the fall and winter of 1903-04 (I have historical cites for both the presence of a nurse at this time and place and for the fact that the Inn was under construction in the wintertime, incredible as it may seem in that climate). The kinds of things she'd be dealing with, logically, are things like construction injuries and frostbite and so forth. What I need is a source (I've interlibrary loaned what amounts to the 1900 equivalent of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, but a) I have no idea if I'll actually get books that old through ILL, and b) how long it'll take if I do) for how injuries and frostbite and so forth would be cared for at that time, and what sort of supplies, medication, and so forth she'd have at her disposal for doing same.

I would love something I wouldn't have to interlibrary loan and wait weeks for. I've googled "medical care 1900" and specific things like "broken bones" and "frostbite" with the date as well, but it's not very helpful.

Any help anyone can give me would be gratefully accepted.

Oh, and just as an extra credit, anyone have any idea how to google the history of masonry? The actual construction technique, not the guys in the robes, which is all I've been able to make come up.

Thank you!
  • eengah

Narcotics Anonymous

I'm trying to find out everything I can about the personal experience of joining Narcotics Anonymous and what that process is like. I've read through everything I can get my hands on on their website, but I'm looking for more personal things plus stories of things like, "here's what a person's first ninety days sober might be like", etc. For reference, my character is a 17 year old male in Connecticut in present day.

Thanks in advance.
Creepy Shape

War horses and dismounted riders

I've been researching war horse training, but so far haven't found anything about what a war horse was supposed to do if its rider was dismounted by force during battle. Was it trained to stay put or maybe to retreat? Or was there no special behavior for that situation?

The time period doesn't really matter, close quarter cavalry warfare has a very long history, although I most need to know about the Early Modern Period up to the about the 19th century. (I assume something basic like this would be about the same for any culture who used horses in warfare, so I don't think location is important.) This question is pretty general concerning time period and location.