March 7th, 2010

Charmed\\Piper ohrly?

Italian Phrases, please! =)

I've done some googling, but I couldn't really find anything specific, and I didn't want to use a translator because I know how awkward those can be, so I've come here... I had a poke around, found swearwords and stuff (which is another piece I wanted), but I couldn't really find the other things. So here I am... asking.

I've got a character who was raised in Italy and then England, so he's fluent in English and Italian, and he's trying to woo this girl who likes his accent and likes it when he speaks and when he speaks in Italian, but he also falls into Italian sometimes.

So, what I'm after is a couple of things really:

What kind of Italian-type pet names could he give her? At the start she's just his love interest. Then she's his girlfriend, then his fiancé. Then they break up. Horribly. But that's not important right now.

How could he say things like, "You're the most beautiful woman I have ever seen" and "I love you more than words can describe" in Italian?  Overly romantic, soppy, rose petals and dancing in the moonlight type phrases.

Any help is very much appreciated!  ♥

Sensation During Spinal Block

I've got a character with lower limb pain, which is getting so severe it's unbearable. He is hospitalized, and an epidural/spinal block/spinal catheter is administered. There are several different kinds, I know, but I can't find any information on any of them for what it feels like, other than "makes it stop hurting" and various scientific versions of said phrase. Found a lot about obstetrics and the proper application of a childbirth epidural, but not much about how it feels when the person receiving it is not trying to push a tiny human out of their vagina.

I just basically need to know what it's like having one in. What it feels like when the catheter goes in, what the catheter feels like immediately afterwards and then once the person is used to it, how much and what kind of sensation there is below the level of insertion, if any pain gets through at all, how much motion is possible below the point of insertion, does the person have to stay relatively still, if it's a spinal catheter how is the medicine delivered constantly (is there an IV? Does the person have to lay on their side/stomach?)...

Googled: various combination and commutations of Spinal block, epidural catheter, spinal catheter, spinal catheter sensation, what to expect with a spinal block, spinal catheter for severe pain....

Read: quite a few scientific journal articles talking about the efficacy and application of epidurals/spinal block/spinal catheter.

Youtubed: videos of epidural insertion, childbirth, spinal tap (medical procedure, not band, although I found quite a few of those too...).
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Seventies prison riots

I am writing a fanfic which needs to include a scene of a riot in a prison in the early 1970's. I'd love to know if anyone could point me to any firsthand narratives of such a thing, eyewitness accounts, etc. Print would be especially good, but movies, TV shows, or anything I could find on YouTube or Netflix would be OK, too. Googling "prison riots," "prison riots and 1970's", "Attica State riot," etc., gets me some information, but not what I really would like, which is what actually happened from someone who saw it happen.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

ETA: The story takes place in California, USA.