July 5th, 2009

Death via blood loss

So, I have a character who just had a lower leg severed slightly below the knee and an arm severed slightly below elbow. What is a realistic length of time it might take a person to bleed to death (and before that, enter hypovolemic shock and lose consciousness) in this situation if nothing is done to stop the bleeding?

The character is enraged and not thinking rationally enough to try any real treatment for her injuries. She had already recently received a gunshot to the face (the bullet passed through one cheek and out the other) maybe within twenty minutes before the amputations and the only intervention those wounds received were some loose bandages hastily wrapped around the face.

The amputations happened quick and with clean cuts. The character is currently face down on the ground, but would try to remain awake as long as possible and struggle to move. The character is female, mid-20s, physically fit, maybe around 5'11. The setting, if relevant, is outdoors, London, early May.

Terms I've googled are combinations of: bleeding, blood loss, bleed to death, loss of limbs, traumatic amputation, severed arteries, and hypovelemic shock.

Correct term for a grand old house?

There's a huge, Victorian-era house in my story. It sits on several acres in coastal Maine. I've always wanted to call it a 'manor,' as it has a grand, formal sound to it. However, upon checking the dictionary, it looks like 'manor' refers to the main house of a tenanted estate. But there are no tenant houses attached to this property; just the one, big house.

My question is, would it still be ok to call it a 'manor,' or should I call it something else? What would people in that time and area call a house like that?

Edit:
Yes, I know it would technically be a mansion, but if a person were to look the house up in a history book, what would its name be? The (insert last name of owners) Mansion? That doesn't quite sound right...

A guide to US vs. UK (but not Scottish) public school systems.

Hola! I was directed here from fanficrants. This pertains to the differences between public US schools and public UK schools (except for Scotland, who are, by admission, awkward bastards). Here's the entry. I'd suggest reading the comments there, to see if there's something you're thinking of that's already been mentioned. I'm tired of editing this thing. :D

Because my friend, Shmellington, and I just figured this out, and I graphed it and we are genii. I hope this helps with UK/US education conversions. ^_^ You also might need to resize your screen to see the graph correctly; sorry in advance for any confusion!



Please note: Unless something major crops up, I think I'm done editing this post, except, maybe, to streamline it more. I'm just copypastaing the comments, anyway. So if you see something that doesn't hold true in your area, please note that there are many regional differences, and be sure to read through the comments. ^_^

ALSO! This discusses the US public school system vs. the UK state school system; US public schools are free, non-tuition schools and are the equivalent to UK state schools. This concentrates mostly on English schools; as readers have noted, Scotland/Ireland/Wales have different approaches. There are many regional differences in both countries. I'm not saying that this is the be-all, end-all of school system information, and I've left plenty of stuff out, such as different tests that are taken, etc. I wanted this to mainly be a guide for matching up the school years; please read the comments, preferably on both communities, before adding your own --- what you have to say may already have been said. ^_^

For everyone confused as to the differences between the UK and US school systems, I present this handy graph for your perusal:Collapse )


Public school systems in the US:Collapse )


School systems in the UK:Collapse )


And there you have it! Feel free to correct me and link to/post this anywhere you please. More love if I'm credited. ^_^


Please note: I live in California, I'm almost 25, and I've been out of school for 7 years. Things may have changed, and laws are different everywhere. If things are different in your state/county, please be nice about letting me know. Don't be mean, FFR, I have a rolled-up newspaper and I know how to use it. <3


Edit @ 6:26: I think it's formatted correctly, now. I may mess with it more. Off to read comments.

Further edits: I'm editing this as I get replies; please read the comments and see if your point has already been . . . pointed out . . . and then wait a minute or so for me to catch up, please! Thank you to everyone who's commenting!