November 20th, 2007

Injuries from being hit by a car; hospital protocol for attemted suicides

I have a character who is going to walk out in front of a car in a (failed) suicide attempt, and it's probably a lack of google wrangling skills on my part, but I can't find the info I need. The character is otherwise healthy and in his late 30's, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out as to what kind of injuries he could have sustained and the nature of the recovery process (length, what would heal first and how, etc.). 
Also, I'm assuming he would be put on suicide watch, but I'm not sure exactly what this entails, the duration of it, etc. If anyone could help me out I'd be very grateful. :)

Pregnancy, 8 month pregnant with twins

I have tried googling this using a combination of 8 months pregnant, effects of pregnancy on mother and pregnant with twins, maybe I need to be a bit more specific but I think what I am after is personal experiences. All I got was how a baby develops and that mothers of multiple pregnancies need a lot of sleep. Useful but not really after. Nore do I really want to experience it for myself anytime soon!

Story is based in England.

So I have a character who is 8 Months pregnant and is expecting twins. She is roughly in her mid to late 20s.  She already has a daughter who is now 18 months , not sure if that is relevant or not. She is under a lot of stress as she is looking after her sick mother (after effects of a stroke and early on set of alzheimer's disease who nobody particularly likes), the 18 month year old and partially looking after a  24 year old female child like character who is getting over problems with depression and an eating disorder. Oh and who has a major crush on her. She is also going through a really messy divorce with a husband.To complete the  house hold is her partner (the other females brother) her ex  come best friend (not the husband obviously)  and a dog. They all sort of look after each other as it where.

What I want to know is what sort of things would the mother to be feeling now? I know that the babies will be pressing on her bladder and may cause shortage of breath by pressing on rib cages, but what other things would be physically  happening to her? What sort of emotions would  hormones be causing?

Also looking for a strange and wonderful craving she would be demanding that would be next to impossible to obtain at three in the morning.

Any help would be wonderful.