April 21st, 2008

Chronic Ilness and Mental Effects

I've got a question about the effects of a chronic illness on mental health.

It's set in a fantasy universe, with magic and such. Healers exist, as does rudimentary first aid, but more detailed things aren't existent yet. (World of Warcraft setting, for those in the know.)

Basically, one of my boys has had a chronic respiratory illness since he was a child (fantasy universe, he's around 70 years old now, and just hitting adulthood). Loosely based off of cystic fibrosis, his disease causes issues with coughing, mucus, occasionaly coughing blood, general fatigue and frailty, and vocal cord degeneration (partially due to coughing). He goes through short periods of being bedridden and resting, and is well aware of when he needs a rest and can't be as active as he would like for a while.

What I'm wondering about is what sort of mental effects would this have on him? I've tried googling "chronic illness", "living with chronic illness", "illness and mental health" and a variety of other things, but I haven't gotten anything useful. I think part of the problem is the setting, as most "coping with chronic illness" sites focus a lot on relationships with your doctor and hospitals and such...which doesn't really work for my scenario. As I said above, healers do exist, and he is one himself, in fact (priest class), but I'm still unsure on what sort of effects living with this sort of disease would have on him.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

throat lacerations and stab wounds in the torso: I need details!

have been googling like a mad man, and haven't been able to find exactly what I want so I came to you.

Modern setting, country is irrevelant.

I googled things like "throat laceration" "throat injuries OR wounds" "throat cut" and even things like "exsanguination throat", multiple scholar/book searches and I did get some information but none of it really seemed to be what I wanted.

First, I need information on throat lacerations, self inflicted or other wise. I need to know the likely hood of dying vs surviving (I want the character to survive, so information on how they would survive etc. would be helpful). The weapon is  some  brand of  kitchen knife OR  possibly  a  swiss  army  knife, but more than likely the former.

I need to know, if the person survives, how likely is it for someone to come out of this situation without permanent damage to the vocal chords/trachea?

And given that everything managed to work out fine, what sort of treatment would they be given?  How many stitches/ how long would the stitches stay in for/ what sort of discomfort they would experience after effective treatment and, even if the vocal chords were undamaged would this impair their ability to talk? (that is one I am VERY interested in finding out) (really want to know this, if you can help me!)

After this, I am very interested in self inflicted stab wounds, again the character is to survive.  With the same weapons as before if the character does not stab the heart but stabs other areas of the torso, how likely are they to damage the lungs/ what else might be damaged / what sort of treatment and procedures would be employed?

 Note that in both situations the person stabbing/slashing is not thinking straight or at their most alert and paramedics are very close by (less then a metre away actually).

And finally I need to know how long one might be in hospital for either of the wounds and how a stay in a  psychiatric ward would complicate this? How would someone be treated while in a psychiatric ward, or would they stay in a normal ward and then be moved when they healed?


Thanks in advanced!

Sexual fetishes and shame

Wikipedia doesn't address the topic very well and the Google results are far too supportive.

I've got a character with a rather embarrassing sexual fetish, and need to know how said character would deal with it, what kind of "help" is out there and in what form it comes, and how other people would react to the fetish. Cut for the nasty details and a slight tl;dr.

No, this isn't a happy consensual love story. Or BDSM, for that matter.Collapse )

Once again, I'm not looking for lists of fetishes, or forums full of people who are into that sort of thing; I'm writing a character who's isolated, alone, totally and utterly ashamed, and as far as he knows the only person alive who's into the kind of wacky, nasty, disgusting, sick stuff. He's not gonna be running into any helpful Internet support groups.

1940's popular music and 1850's hymns

I have two music-related searches:

1. I need a hymn/children's song about children going to heaven that would have been popular (read: something a mother could have sung to her children) in early 1850's England. Something like "There Is A Rest For Little Children" (warning: the page has embedded music) only slightly older.

2. What would have been popular music/artists among young people in the UK during World War II? I've tried googling "youth culture", "popular music", etc. but only keep coming up with hits about the youth culture in the US.