March 25th, 2008

Voluntary drug-induced coma

When: Present day

Where: The United States of America, more specifically a mansion in Texas.

Terms I have searched: "Induced Comas," "Thiopental," "Pentobarbital," "Propofol"

The plot: The plot at this point is kind of strange. It is a fiction story wherein the main charachter meets someone while he is in a coma. He wakes from his coma to find this person that he met is actually another coma patient. He has a friend who is a nurse, and wants to be put into a drug-induced coma to try and bring this other person out (by persuasion?). While reluctant at first, the nurse ultimately agrees, but will only do it at the main characters home, not at the hospital.

My Thoughts: Propofol seems to be the safest, however Thiopental seems to be just interesting enough if given in the wrong dosages (too little, it's supposedly a "truth serum," too much, and they're dead).

What I can't figure out: What do hospitals actually use, and how much? Also, what kind of monitoring of the patient is required and to what degree?

It has been a while since I posted here, so if I am doing something wrong, I will do my best to correct the issue as promptly as possible.

Thank you!

Nickname for teen boy

When:  Now.  Today.

Where:  US

Research:  Have googled different combinations of 'child' 'son' 'boy' 'kid' 'teen' and 'nickname' or 'pet name' and have only come up with some really unhelpful teen chat forums and lists of names for pets.  Yeah.  I also searched back through the archives here and although there are some previous questions on nicknames none of them really touch on what I need.

Question:  My main character, an adult male is interacting with  . . . let's call him a stepson for simplicity's sake.  The piece is written from the adult's POV.  For reasons I will not go into, I cannot use the kid's name in the piece, at all, not even in description.  This is a problem, because I honestly don't think my MC would think of him as 'the kid' the entire 2500 words.  It's becoming awkward and unrealistic trying to dodge around using the kid's name.

So what I'm looking for is a generic nickname that men give to teenage boys who they are in a friendly father-son relationship with.  Things like Buddy, Kid, Slugger or Ace, except that for other reasons I can't go into I cannot use any of those, either.  Frustrating, isn't it?  The kid in question is very mature and independent so cheesy or little-kiddy nicknames just wouldn't sit right.  I just desperately need something that I can throw in instead of a name.

Can anyone help me?  Pretty please?


ETA:  I've got it, thanks everybody.  I'm going to go with the 'nicknamed after a hobby/obsession' idea.
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Religion line on modern USMC dogtags

Googled: Religion +ID tags +military +denomination +dogtags, combinations thereof.

Just a quick one: the religion line on modern day Marine Corps dogtags. What I've been able to find suggests that there are four commonly used options: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, but is there a checklist where you pick one or none of the above, or can you put something else on there? (I found an anecdote about Australians adding things like "Jedi Knight" or "Sith Lord") Mostly what I need to know is: if a character is some flavour of Protestant (Baptist, or Lutheran or Methodist or what have you), could they have that specific denomination on the tag, or would all of those fold in under "Protestant" and specifics be left for the personnel file?
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Yoshiwara: Courtesans With Children

Setting: Tokyo, Japan, 1880

Hello, everyone! Good to see this community again. Unfortunately, it seems I've worked myself into yet another factual pickle. Hopefully, someone here can give me a hand.

Also, I just added a bit more information and another question, because I was silly and realized that some of my information didn't flow together very well.

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Wow, that's a monumental amount of questions. Sorry about that. Any help here is greatly appreciated and will be rewarded with eternal love and e-goodies.
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Length of Psychiatric Hospital Stays

I have a character who spent some time in a psychiatric hospital for anorexia.  She is just out and being watched at home by her family, in addition to weekly counseling sessions and weigh-ins to make sure she's not backsliding.

How long would her stay have been?  I only need it for one line (mentioning how she was away for X amount of time), and I can work around it.  The character in question did not have a very severe case; it was caught pretty early, and she's shown response to counseling.

(Also, if anyone in here has more experience with eating disorders and wouldn't mind giving a quick read-over when this is done, I would love you forever.  It's a one-act play about the girl's internal conflict and her family's conflict when she comes home.  It's something that I have limited experience with, and I want to do the topic justice.)

Romany names

Time/setting: modern day America.

I have a character who is a young woman, born to Romany parents, but orphaned at about age ten and adopted. I've been doing some research on the names, looking for a traditional one that she might have had.

I came across a website which said: "We have found very little information about period Romany names. The Romany used at least two names each -- a private name in their own language that was not used outside their community, and a public name in the language of the country where they lived. We have found no evidence at all on Romany private names. We have found a little evidence about their public names, which seem to be typical of the country where they are found. Therefore, the best general advice we can give you is that in public a Romany man or woman would have used a normal name for the time and place where he or she lived [1]."

My question is this: Which period were they talking about, and is this still the custom? Would it make sense for this character to go by an ordinary name like Susan or Dee, but have another name she keeps to herself? I think it has the potential to be an interesting plot point, her opening up and trusting someone enough to tell them her other name, but I don't want to use it if it's wildly inaccurate.

Search terms used: Rom/romany/roma/romani/gypsy+names.
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