June 6th, 2009

Sheep's Cold and Ice Saints (weather conditions) in Germany

In a story I am writing (which takes place in Weimar era Germany), I want to set a scene outdoors in May or June. I've been looking at the weather singularities - Schafskälte (sheep's cold) and Eisheiligen (ice saints). Unfortunately, most of the information I am finding is in German and my language translation skills are still not very good!

I was wondering if anyone can tell me a bit more about these weather conditions - like how far the temperature is likely to drop, and how suddenly it comes on. I would also like to know what geographical area of Germany is affected by these weather conditions, particularly if this would affect someone living in the Wiesbaden area.

Also, if there are any folk sayings, proverbs, or stories related to the conditions those would be helpful as well! Thank you.
  • Current Mood: curious

Triage: Administering Sedative to Chronic Alcoholic with Compound Fracture

I've been bouncing around Google for hours.

The character is an aging alcoholic/solvent-sniffer (early 50s, but looks 70; he's been on the skids for a long time.) No one knows when he had his last drink, or whether his body has metabolized whatever it was he probably consumed yet. He's in ER with a double compound fracture just above an ankle, and he's in the middle of a paranoid delusional episode. He can't walk, but he's thrashing around violently on the gurney, and believes the healthcare workers are trying to kill him. It is unknown if the drugs/alcohol are masking mental illness or are the cause of it. He is very likely to have liver problems.

Please walk me through common hospital procedure from that point until he's sent to xray. I assume orderlies would be called for, he would be restrained, a sedative would be administered, he would be sent to x-ray, and his leg would be re-set.

Things I am wondering about:

What sort of signals would be used to indicate that a patient in ER was having a psychotic episode and the staff needed help?

How would they keep him from hurting himself or someone else?

What sort of sedatives would the doctors administer, and how would they determine to use those particular ones? (A common one for these situations is fine in this particular case.) What other things would they do to stabilize him?

Recycling Aluminium in the UK

Once again, I've begun writing a scene and just took for granted that things work the same way in the UK as they do in the US.

Googled: aluminium recycling UK, aluminium recycling Gloucestershire, and even pulled a can of Tango out of the bin and checked the labels.

Setting: rural Gloucestershire, now...ish.

I've got some hippie types messing around with some recycling bins that don't belong to them, presumably pulling beer and soda cans out to go sell to the recycling centre. I went into the scene assuming that they'd be able to get like, 5p or something for each can, kinda like how they do in the states, but I'm having trouble finding any sort of indication either way whether or not it works like this.

Thanks. :)

ETA: Question answered, and new route being taken. Thanks!
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