September 15th, 2008

Peter and Neal
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Child Protective Services, and a child's rights with a medical exam

The fic I'm writing takes place in the early 90s, the school suspects a young boy 15 of being abused [torn stitches in his shoulder is what alerted them] CPS takes the boy to the hospital in order to have him fully examined. The problem I'm running across is I don't know what they would do, that being the CPS Agent and the doctor, if the boy refused to be looked at, or at the very least wasn't going to make the examination easy.

Would they simply let it slide? force the issue?

Any suggestions/information would be very helpful.

This is my first time asking a question on this community, I'll admit right off the bat that I haven't done much research on this problem, but that's simply because I haven't the faintest idea where to look. If I knew someone in the medical field I'd be asking them. As it stands I'm hoping someone in this community has the knowledge that I'm looking for.

I'll thank you all in advance.
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Sharp force eye injury/loss and shock

Setting: Modern world (early-mid 2000s), pretty realistic (with some occasional cartoony elements)

Google searches tried: eye loss, eye injury, fatal eye injury, ocular trauma

What sort of serious eye injuries would be most likely to require removal of the eye, but not swiftly cause death? For story purposes, sharp force trauma is preferable to blunt force trauma.

Fences in Victorian London; plausibility of mixed-race children in Victorian London

Time/Place: London, early 1850's, plus various magic
Searches: Google/wiki searches for all the place names mentioned, poking about on, various maps, my own books on the subject (which were all available at local bookstore/library and thus are hardly exhaustive)

1. I have a character who is a fence. He buys and sells goods that may or may not be legitimate. I need to know where he would likely be in Victorian London. From my research, Petticoat Lane seems to be the place to be; however, I don't want him/his shop in a place surrounded by other similarly dubious enterprises. So is there another place where such a shop could be located? From my poking about (again, hardly exhaustive!), Clerkenwell seems like it might be a decent shot. I want the shop to be in a working class, bordering on poor, district. I want my monolingual English characters to be able to talk to most of their neighbors. And this needs to be an area that such a shop might have existed in for as much as 100 years prior.

2. Same character, as of now, has a daughter by a half-Indian woman. At the moment, I have the backstory set up that the half-Indian woman, S, is the daughter of a low-ranking army official posted in India who was brought back after he left the army. I don't need any more specific details, but is this plausible? Furthermore, how would she (and eventually, her quarter-Indian daughter) be seen in day-to-day life? Anyone who knows anything about them knows that they are entirely disreputable by the standards of the time, but the middle class generally doesn't know anything about them. So would people who didn't know them react differently to them on the street? In a shop? S looks Indian--dark skin and black hair; her daughter is lighter-skinned, dark haired, and hazel eye'd.

3. About how far behind current styles could S's daughter (19 at this point) dress? This is before crinolines, I believe. Could she get away with fewer petticoats/flounces than is ordinary? She can afford to dress in current fashions--her family is better off than they appear, but they have to keep living/working in the same building for a number of reasons--but she doesn't particularly want to. She isn't on the marriage market, because she doesn't want to be, and her father is odd enough that he allows this. If it's likely that she'll dress according to current fashions, that's OK; I just want to know how irritated she's going to be about her clothes.

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LF cancer and amnesia info.

Searches(for cancer and amnesia):,, searches on yahoo and google.

Setting:Present. Denver, Colorado.

I'm working on a piece for my fiction writing class and I'm in need of some info.

My character has lymphoma.

My knowledge about anything pertaining to cancer is very limited.

1.I know chemotherapy is set up on a rotation but I don't really know what that means. I'm assuming if you're on, say, a 12 day rotation you get chemo every 12 days, but for how long? A year?  A couple of years?

2.How is it decided how long your rotation will last and when it will stop? And how is it decided what kind of chemo rotation you'll be on?

3.When does bone marrow transplant become an option? What happens(concerning cancer treatment) after you've had a bone marrow transplant? 

4.Is age important? How much does the time of diagnosis(when it's diagnosed, late or early) matter?

5.What kind of  effect does chemotherapy usually have on patients?

6.How does drug use complicate/effect treatent and/or the illess itself?(my character uses desoxyn)

I'm not even sure what kind of questions I should be asking so if theres any other info you have that you think would be helpful I'll take it. Also if you can recommend any websites that are a good source for cancer info.

7. Is there some kind of rule pertaining to what you can tell a person suffering from Dissociative Amnesia?

ETA: I wanted to go to everyone and replied but I elised i just be saying the same thing over & over which is: Thanks so much for all the help, I was really stuck before I came here so, again thank you all.