November 18th, 2009

Gunshot Wounds, recovery and aftermath??

i have read some of the posts regarding this subject, a lot of information did help me, but i need to know more, so pleasssssseee help me...

I am writing a novel and my character is going to get shot three times. She is in her early thirties (late twenties) athletic and healthy. She was first shot in her upper thigh, with a 9mm close range (5ft) no artery was raptured or bone, the bullet stabilized in the muscle, she was conscious and managed to run away.
1) Is it possible? close range and no further complications?

Then another two bullets where fired (40fts away) one hit her shoulder causing a broken clavicle bone, no artery though. the other one in the upper chest (3ichs away from the shoulder wound) broke a rib which ruptured the lung.
she fell on the ground, gasping for air, when her military parter arrives to scene, he managed to get an airway for the damaged lung (i don't know the name of the presedure where he makes a whole in the lung to refill it) i would assume she will be in shock, but will she be conscious?

She had the surgeries and no complications were found. she will be on the vent (correct?) the recovery timetable, i can use some help there.

According to what i know, she'll need to use a wheelchair for the leg, a string for the shoulder and chest, and time in hospital for a month maybe (please correct me) and another month for physical therapy?? i don't think its enough for FULL recovery but its enough for her to walk and go back to work? (please correct me) and the pain?
2)Will there be a chronic pain? for how long? what kind of painkillers she could be on?
3)Will she use a cane at first?

thank you very much i appreciate it.
Tyleet

Effects of bad cocaine?

So, I have a character I need to kill.

I want him to die not necessarily of an overdose, but from taking "bad" cocaine--it's important that the police are looking for the person who sold it to him.

Basically, what I want to happen is this:

Character A takes cocaine at a party. It's held in a basement, and enough crazy shit is going on that people just assume he's passed out and he gets forgotten downstairs. Everyone else goes upstairs and they forget about him; the next day Character B comes down to the basement and finds the body.

My questions are thus:

1) What would A's reaction to bad cocaine have been? What would that death have actually looked like?

2) What would the body look like the next day? Would there be vomit, feces, etc?

3) Is the only thing cocaine can be contaminated with levamisole? Would that have the same gory after-effects of an overdose/would it take effect that quickly? Or do I need to have him overdose?

4) What would the typical recreational drug user/addict's defense of cocaine be? At some point a group of A's friends are confronted with an outsider telling them that this happened because they are drug users, and that every time they take cocaine, they take their lives into their hands, etc. What rationalizations (because I'm sure they exist) can be made to isolate the death, so it remains acceptable for them to use cocaine?

Googled: effects of bad cocaine, effects of levamisole in cocaine, what is bad cocaine?
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1990's, NYC; custody of abandoned baby

Just wanted to check a scenario, hoping someone can help me out.

time/place: New York City, 1993-2003

A cab driver goes to pick up a broken-down cab, and finds an abandoned newborn in the backseat. He takes her home with him, and his family looks after her for approx. 12 hours until social services (or is it Dept of Child Protection Services?) comes to take her (would they need to pass at least a cursory background check, for such a short time?). The child is placed in an orphanage, as a search for any parents, including a public appeal, is fruitless. The cab driver and his family keep in fairly frequent touch over the years ie birthday and christmas cards/presents, and she winds up good friends with the family's year-older son. However, they don't support her in any kind of financial or legal fashion.

When the girl is ten, various factors (irrelevant here) kick in, meaning she gets whisked off to boarding school, and signed into the custody of the Headmaster.

My major question is; the cab driver's family make several enquiries about adopting the girl over the first ten years, but are always advised that they would be turned down, so they never get to the formal adoption application. (though right before the girl is taken away to school, they put serious effort into it that they hadn't before) What kind of circumstances / reason would that require? They're a blue-collar Italian-american family, lower-income but not poverty-stricken in any way.

I did a search for NY adoption laws, and the website I found seems to think that the fact that there's no legal relinquishment signed by the birth parents won't be a problem, as long as they never make themselves known legally or to the girl. BUT would that be the case in the 1993-2003 time period?

EDIT: thank you so much for the help, everyone! I see I'm going to have to go alternate-universe with the orphanage idea (my character probably wouldn't get the kind of emotional detachment that's going to come into play later from foster care. As I understand it, foster families are usually meticulously screened, primarily so they won't damage the kids in this fashion.) My irrelevant-here-factors should take care of the rest.

Adultery, poisoning and murder investigations in England c. 1787

Setting: London, 1787

Time period: *points*

My problems: OK, this is going to take a while. Basically, I have four characters who matter in these questions. Victoria, a brewer's daughter and heir to a frankly absurd amount of money, is married to John, a baronet with a very expensive lifestyle to keep up, a crumbling family manor to maintain, and wandering eyes (and hands, and...) Basically, he's not faithful to her at all and is very rarely home. (He's actually robbing coaches for fun and profit, but that's neither here nor there.) They've barely even consummated their marriage. One day, she hears of a very skilled artist (Tom) and hires him to paint her portrait. She likes this artist's looks so much that she takes him for her lover. There is also Elizabeth, who is in love with John. John and Elizabeth both being rather depraved (and John being eager to get rid of his wife), they decide to kill Victoria. It's Elizabeth who'll be doing the killing, though. And this brings me to my questions, in order of plot.

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