July 17th, 2010


Anon post: Accumulation of injuries and impotency

Time frame: mid-1980s.

A character who is in extremely good health and very fit has been abducted, held and tortured. The people doing this to him have made sure he stays alive as they want him to suffer for a long time. He is rescued but by this time he's accumulated multiple injuries including cracked ribs, a broken arm, a ruptured spleen, been beaten severely and has minor stab wounds and cuts to his limbs. He's also received several blows to his groin and had his hands nailed to a chair.

I need this character to make a full recovery given time and I need for him to be impotent from the groin injury and for it to continue long enough for him to think it will be a permanent injury.

I've managed to research the various elements of this but I can't find any information on the accumulative effect of all of this in recovery time and no answers to the groin injury/impotency. I even tried the local medical school library.

My questions, given the mid-1980s time frame:

1) Am I overplaying the number of injuries?

2) How long would he have to stay in hospital with this accumulation of injuries?

3) How long would it take him to fully recuperate? Are there any injuries here that would make a full recovery unlikely when combined with the others?

4) Am I being ridiculous in hypothesizing a groin injury that could cause impotency for a couple of months and yet eventually have him return to full function?

I will thank you in in advance for any and all help you can render.
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Cold Cases and Police Boundaries

Time frame: modern day (some 1970's)
Location: Maryland (Baltimore City/Kent County)

I would use Google for this, but I don't know what I would search. I hope someone here could help.

I'm writing a story where a detective from the Towson police district of Baltimore County promises a friend to open her mother's murder, which has become a cold case. (The mother died in the mid-seventies.) Thing is, the mother was killed in a seperate police district and political boundary, Kent County, which is near Delaware (Baltimore County borders PA, Towson is in the southern bit). The detective is also not a special cold case unit detective, but he does work in homicide


Is there any way the detective could get cold case files from the other police district? Would he need superior approval? Would he need to give a reason for needing the files and what reason would be considered viable?

How Growth & Sunlight Affect Tattoos

Male MC gets a tattoo as a sort of ID marker when he's 12 or 13. It needs to be some place fairly obvious when it's done, so I'm thinking either the back of the wrist or maybe the base of the thumb. The tattoo itself isn't the ID marker as much as it marks the spot that needs to be scanned and there's something like a PIT tag underneath.

What I'm wondering is how growing into adulthood is going to affect this tattoo. I know the sun is going to fade the hell out of it, but is it going to stretch also so it just looks like a weird birthmark or something?

My other thought is maybe white ink is used, and then I was wondering how sun exposure would affect the color since it'll be in a spot that isn't typically covered, especially when it's warm.

Pretty much what I'm looking for is the tattoo, once the character's older, to not really be distinguishable as such or maybe not immediately obvious, which is why I was wondering about sunlight since if it's white ink, maybe when the untattooed skin around it becomes more tan, then the difference will be more visible?

I tried searching various combinations of "sunlight" and "tattoos" but could only find that you don't want to expose the tattoo to the sun if you want it to stay crisp and vibrant. I also wasn't sure where to find information on how growing up would affect a tattoo since usually kids that age shouldn't have one, or at least in the US you need parental consent under 18.

ETA: I did read this previous post in regards to tattoos and growth, but that's from toddler and I'm starting at prepubescent.
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Adjusting to partial fingers

Setting: A fictional town with 1950s technology, including medical care
Character: 14 year old boy
Injury: There was a mishap with fireworks causing him to lose the top two joints of his right ring finger and the top joint of his right pinkie. He also has second degree burns on the stumps and areas near them.

Searches: "partial finger amputation", the Wiki page on amputation

- About how long would it take for the burns around to heal?
- What's the pain level like after amputated digits?
- What sort of things will he have trouble with as he's healing or afterwards? He likes basketball, so I assume that would become harder without all his fingers to control the ball. Yes, it's his dominant hand.

Any help is appreciated, even if it's just search terms.
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Monarchy Titling Question

Quick question that my google-fu failed me with.

Okay so if the King and Queen are in the room together who gets called what? Who do you refer to as Your Majesty? And if the heir apparent is in the room with the King what would s/he be refered to? And if its just the heir apparent in the room and a subject what are they referred to as?

The setting is a modern era monarchy.

Social/professional title "order of operations"

Setting: AU, but very similar to modern-day US
Research: I'm not sure how to find anything for this; I've tried a few spot-searches (etiquette multiple title address and title hierarchy) with no luck, and I've read through the Wikipedia articles on Mr. and Dr..

If a person has multiple professional or social titles, is there any rule of etiquette regarding which comes first?

I'm writing a fanfiction series that's an AU of the show Stargate Atlantis. This AU adds a new profession of "Elementalist", and qualified practitioners are addressed with their element as their title: Fire McKay, Earth Emmagan, Air Sheppard, Water Dex, etc. This title is considered "higher" than most others; the character Rodney McKay has two doctorates, and in an academic or middling-formality environment he would likely be addressed as "Dr. McKay", but the address "Fire McKay" is more formal/respectful. (This being based on the US rather than Europe, he would never be addressed as Dr. Dr. McKay, despite his double doctorate.)

If someone were to address him by both titles, though, which would come first? The related show Stargate: SG-1 has a character (Samantha Carter) who has both a military rank (first Major, later Lt. Col.) and a doctorate, but I'm not sure whether canon establishes an order for her titles (Maj. Dr. Carter or Dr. Maj. Carter, for example) or whether that's dependent on context (military, academic, social, other).

If it makes any difference, McKay is usually treated in non-AU fanfiction (I haven't yet confirmed or denied in canon) as the sort of person who would introduce himself even in social situations as "Dr. Rodney McKay" in defiance of any etiquette regarding self-titling or use of the non-medical title "Doctor" in social settings, but I'm more concerned with how others with more social awareness might address him.

I know that I can make this up, but I'm trying to retain analogues to our world, so if there are any rules, I'd rather know what they are.
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Rules for visitng an unrelated minor in hospital

Location Denver circa 1996.
My MC has just rescued a 16 year old boy who was shot and wants to check up on him in hospital. The kid is actually a runaway ward of the state of Texas (which I'm sure makes his legal status more complicated). Would the hospital be allowed to let him see him or be able to give out any information to him when asked. It can be worked round either way, because he's not above sneaking in if he's not allowed to visit legitimately, I just need to know if he'll be ducking (or lying to) hospital staff or not. If it helps the kid once conscious would agree to see him, I just don't know if at 16 in the US his permission woud actually be consulted or not. And the character in question is the sort to happily (and skillfully) manipulate people into wanting to help him so I'm not envisaging anyone being willfully obstructive, if anything the staff would probably want to help him bend the rules if they can.

I did do a google search on visiting minors in hospital but perhaps not very surprisingly didn't get much that was helpful.