April 6th, 2008

Ability Of Speaking After Long-Term Coma

I have no idea if it's important but the story is set in the present US.

Since this community has been a great help whenever I was stuck with a medical detail, I come bearing another question. I really hope you can help me.

I have a guy (around thirty, in good health before he fell into a coma) who wakes up from a coma after three years. I've done some research about the physical condition he might be in, what he's able to do and what not etc., but the one thing I'm stuck at is whether he would be able to speak or not after that time.

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Thank you so much in advance.

Ballet poster question

This one's really nitpicky, but it can't hurt to ask, right? For an X Men fanfic, I'm trying to identify a poster in Kitty Pryde's bedroom in the first issue of the new Wolverine: First Class comic book. It's set around 1983, but randomly updated to modern. The poster is slightly obscured by Kitty's head in the comic. On a celadon green background, a ballerina in a pink classical tutu is performing an arabesque penchee. (One foot on the floor, the other leg straightened out and lifted behind her, bowing towards the viewer) The word OSCOU is written across the bottom of the poster, but there may be letters at the beginning missing, obscured by Kitty's head in the panel, as she sits at her desk.

I've tried searching ballet posters, ballerina posters, ballerinas 1983, and famous ballerina posters, and I've found a few that are close, but not that exact one. It's entirely possible the artist made it up, but if it exists, I'd like to identify it.

ETA: Here's a scan of the page with the poster in the first panel

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ETAA: Answered! Thanks to all who helped.
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Arrest of parents - what happens to child?

Setting: modern-day US

Searched: "child custody at arrest", "foster care system", "minors and the judicial system", and all various combinations

A single mother gets arrested and will not be out of jail for a long time. At the time of her arrest, what happens to her only son (age 17)? There are no living relatives and no other legal guardians.

For plot purposes, I only need to know what happens to the child immediately after his mother is detained (as in the first 24-48 hours). Does he get taken to the detention center with his mom until a social worker comes and takes him to an orphanage in preparation for foster care? Is he placed in a temporary foster care home until a permanent home can be arranged?
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1900, England: Hiding pregnancy + legitmizing children

Setting: 1900, London, England

1. Lower/Working class girl, about 16/17, gets pregnant and tries, ultimately unsuccessfully to hide her pregnancy from her mother. She doesn't have any experience with pregnancy before (she's her single mother's only child, etc.), so about how long would it take her to figure out she's pregnant? How long would it take her mother to figure it out? I've heard of modern-day girls successfully hiding their entire pregnancies from their mothers, but my character will have fewer resources at her disposal so I'm wondering if it's not more likely for her to panic and just tell her mum after a certain point.

I Googled "hiding pregnancy," and "hiding pregnancy 1900s" but I got mostly advice for hiding it in the workplace/from friends, which were modern things (e.g., complaining about not having time to go to the gym explains the sudden weight gain).

2. The child is born out of wedlock because the father disappeared. Which last name would the mother likely give the baby? If they were to get married when Boyfriend turns up, how does this affect the child's status? If marriage doesn't "automatically" legitimize the child, is there anything else they can do? Or are they too poor for it to matter much?

Googled various combinations of "legitimacy," "marriage," and "Edwardian." (Found some things on what is automatically legitimate and what isn't but nothing about legitimizing an illegitimate child.)

Thanks if anyone can help. :) Hopefully I don't accidentally kill the story by creating an impossible situation!
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Terms of reference for a veteran Marine

Setting: FBI/general military, modern-day USA

Already googled: "terms of reference Marine Corps", "terms of reference military" "military protocol titles ranks"

I've got a character who was a Major in the USMC before she joined the FBI. She comes into contact with a junior officer, still an active Marine, while on an FBI/JAG case. Action is pretty much split between the two agencies.

A) Would he still salute her/generally give her the same respect he'd give a superior officer even though she's not an active Marine? They were in the Corps together, she was his CO and martial arts instructor- would that make a difference?

B) Would it be plausible for him to call her 'Major' rather than 'Agent'? Wikipedia says that veteran Marines have the right to be addressed by their ranks, but how often does this happen in practice?

Thanks in advance!