January 30th, 2009

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Could a doctor tell the difference?

Question: Would it be possible for a doctor to tell if a patient's kidney has been removed for donation purposes, or because of illness (infection, tumor, whatever)? The patient is a boy in his late teens, and the doctor isn't examining him in a hospital setting -- though she has a portable X-ray machine and other equipment at her disposal. ETA: Gah, forgot to mention that his kidney will be missing because it's been donated. So I can't have the doctor discovering other injuries and going "oh his kidney was probably removed thanks to all these stab wounds" or whatever *laughs*

Setting: USA, sometime in the not-so-distant future. Yay for writing sci-fi without really specifying a year >_<

Search terms: I've browsed through a number of medical sites about kidney donation and removal, but have been unable to find an answer to my question. Terms searched for were "kidney donation/removal", "transplant differences", "donation versus removal", "different procedures", and so on.

Narcan Questions

My character just overdosed on heroin.
I want them to get injected with Narcan but I have some questions.

1) Would the Paramedic's load the person onto a stretcher BEFORE inserting the Narcan or would they just shoot them up right there & then.
2) How would one wake up from receiving the drug? Would it be gradual or would they gasp for air?

Anything anyone knows more about the process of receiving/recovering from one of these shots would be awesome. Hopefully, I'm making sense!
ostrich riding

Nightclub Stampede

Hi. This is sort of an odd question to research, as it is more about personal experiences than an actual hard fact.

I am writing a scene in which some police raid a nightclub/bar. My main character is drunk at the time, and I would like to know if anyone has ever been drunk and in a really terrifying situation (similar to this one would be great, but it doesn't have to be).

I have never been abjectly terrified and drunk at the same time, so any help would be appreciated. What really stuck out, visually or emotionally? Were there any thoughts that went threw your head that you distinctly remember?

Thanks in advance!
oh snap screaming ninjas

Morphine withdrawal + aspirin + alcohol = ?

Terms googled: "morphine withdrawal alcohol" (no useful results), "morphine withdrawal aspirin" (which at least supported the thought that the character in question could take painkillers of a non-opiate variety to help somewhat), "alcohol painkillers" (which supported my thoughts that he could kill his liver by doing this)

So. We have a not-baseline-human (created from a scientist's dead son and the distilled life-force of his homeworld; he's able to adapt to situations that would kill most people) seventeen-year-old boy who was treated with morphine following a nanomachine infection. He was kept on it for the better part of four days, and has now gone off it cold turkey. He now intends to drink himself into a stupor to get away from the generally hellish withdrawal symptoms he's experiencing.

(I personally have no idea why the friend of mine who plays him went with this... all the research I've done would seem to indicate that even Jet should be wanting to spend this time divided between tearing the house apart looking for more morphine and being curled up in a ball wanting to die. (Yes, this is fandom-based... icon is somewhat relevant... boy's last name is Enduro... please don't hurt me?))

He has also been provided with aspirin by a well-intentioned idiot who will be accompanying him in the drinking binge.

I'm of the opinion that he's going to end up requiring extensive treatment for alcohol poisoning and dehydration, and in the worst-case scenario a liver transplant, as a result of this mix. She has no idea what to expect past the dehydration.

Ladies and Gentlemen of little_details, I ask for your thoughts on what exactly would come of morphine withdrawal being combined with alcohol combined with aspirin.