Setting: A roughly modern fantasy world. If it makes a difference, these events are taking place in a hot, dry climate, though the character is near a major river delta when he's first wounded.
I’ve searched: “blood poisoning, shrapnel” “septicaemia, shrapnel” “MRSA wound” “infected wounds” and every variation I can think of, and I’ve consulted Little Details before. My research has helped, but I just want to be sure I'm getting this right.
This is a follow-up to this post,on giving a character a potentially fatal infection from a wound, while still keeping him functional for a time. Back then, when this part of the story was still in the planning stages, I thought I wanted the situation to play out over a much longer period of time; now, it’s more like ten days or so. And while I always meant the
kitteh character’s life to be in danger, I used to think there was no need to have him actually at death’s door when I swooped in with the healing phlebotinum. I now cannot fathom this: of COURSE he should be at death’s door!
I think the contracted time-scale actually helps with plausibility. But another change may be more of a problem - back then, I imagined that the
kitteh character, who is a fugitive, would receive no professional medical attention at all. Now he actually has two rounds of access to medical treatment – once when he’s just been injured, and later, in another country, when he’s very ill indeed. Despite this, I need him to not get better.
So I thought “Well, I’ll just write what I want to happen, using the information I have (from the last post), and finish the story, and polish it up later.” and polishing it up is the stage I’m at now.
The character is a fugitive in his early 30s, This may be relevant in that we may assume their bugs are at different stages of resistance to antibiotics, or something – but I’d prefer to have this feel like something that could happen in the real world. I described him as otherwise healthy before, but if necessary he could be physically run down – he’s been living a gruelling sort of life.
( I decided to blow him up a little bit...Collapse )