September 28th, 2009

Psychological trauma and vampires

EDIT: Thank you to everyone who's helped, I really appreciate the time you've all put into helping me here. It's been very useful indeed.

Setting: Mid-19th century Britain, horror/vampire
Previous Research: PTSD, rape trauma, mental/psychologial effects of miscarriages

Okay, so I’m not really sure where to start with this one so I’ll give you a quick run down of the character.

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stress heart attack

hello, I have a fellow who's 56, in great physical shape, just got out of the USAF.

1) I had him claim that he almost didn't pass his last physical in the context of asking his CO to sign his release papers for that reason rather than the compassionate reasons which is true but which he can't officially admit to. I was assuming that if someone's stress levels were becoming high it would show on an ECG and also assuming that such a test would be part of a yearly physical for an AF master sergeant... true?

2) he (and his family) have just suffered the loss of a loved one. A month later, with his family NOT dealing well and his essentially trying to keep them going, I have him having a stress heart attack. he's had a slightly stressfull few months even before this and his job was pretty stressfull for the last 15ish years. reasonnable that he'd have a heart attack?

3) what symptoms might he have?

4) how would it go down? (I was thinking in the kitchen as they did dishes after a day of packing which is a result of the loss...) CPR, ambulance.. what happens at hospital... surgery, machine hookups... time in hospital. how would he feel/look? how long would recovery take? what steps... anything else I haven't thought of would be appreciated...