January 18th, 2009

Pregnancy Complications -- Maternal Exhaustion

I've looked up maternal exhaustion but either there isn't anything specific mentioned or it's far too technical for me to make understand. I've looked through the different posts and I haven't been able to find this particular one listed. My apologies if I have overlooked it.

Place: Europe/British Isles
Date: Middle Ages (1400-1500 approx.)
Technology: Current for date/place (no magic)

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Seizure after head injury

 I am writing a story in which my main character is fighting with another character. He receives a blow to the head and suffers a seizure.

 

My questions are

 

- Would he fall to the ground and have a seizure RIGHT AWAY? Or would he be limp for a certain period of time before the seizure starts? 

 

- Is it possible for the character to get knocked out, then come around for a little while very confused and THEN have a seizure. 

 

- Would it be more realistic for him to get hit in a certain part/area of the brain to trigger a seizure? 

- After going to the hospital would they just be given anti-seizure medications and sent home the next day? Maybe admitted for observation? 

 

Thank you all so much. 

Yiddish Figures of Speech

Despite all of my grandparents speaking Yiddish while they were alive and having several Yiddish dictionaries in my house, as well as my powers of google-fu behind me, no one in my family (nor any Yiddish dictionary, either online or offline) can answer this question, because dictionaries tend not to be good at finding phrases or ideas in English that streamline into one word in another language. Hence, turning to this community in hopes that someone can be smarter than a dictionary.

I am pretty sure there must be a word or expression in Yiddish that means someone who's a smart dresser or very put together, sort of like a fashionista? (It's hard to search that word since it's a modern one and Yiddish is not a modern language.) I was hoping there was a word like that with a more complimentary connotation - my mom thought up a word at one point during my discussion with her that had a negative connotation. I don't care when this word originated or from where - it would be used in a totally modern context (and yes, I am aware that no one really "speaks" Yiddish anymore).

German exclamations (late-1800s - early-1900s)

So I'm writing dialogue for an older German man (in his 60s at least) and speaking sometime during the span of the 1880-1920 (fantastical setting, time period is very loose), and I realized I need some exclamations of surprise for him to say at certain parts of the story. Something the equivalent of English terms like "Oh my goodness!", "Yikes!", "Eegads!", "Oh no!".

Now, I did do some Googling for "German exclamations" and "German exclamations of surprise", but unfortunately the few helpful results are littered with foul language or very inappropriate English equivalents, and I'd rather get feedback from real people. This is a kid-friendly project I'm writing, so I really need to check with you guys as to what is a very child-safe exclamation. I thought it'd be too risky to rely on internet translators, especially when I can make my character inadvertently say something very offensive.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!