August 6th, 2010


appendicitis pain and painkillers

Googled: appendicitis, pain + pain killers/medicine. The only source I was able to find was, but too vague for me.

My character has appendicitis (actually not final, may go for another stomach condition if I find a better one) and experienced pain - bad enough to make her want to lie down, but not the kind that would make her scream in pain (either that or she's really not a screamer). After 4-6 hours of that, she takes strong pain meds instead of not seeing a doctor. The pain gets better but doesn't go away completely. The questions: how long before the pain resumes? Will it be more severe than before?

And one more thing: how would you describe appendicitis pain? Crampy? Sharp? Dull?
nano- stop talking characters

Sodium Pentathol

I need information about sodium thiopental, better known as sodium pentathol or the Truth Drug. I've read about how it affects someone, but I have some very specific questions that need some hands-on experience.

1) what exactly does it feel like when the drug is in your system? Is your mind fuzzy? Do you feel like you're floating? Do you just not care what happens?

2) Could someone hypothetically still lie while under the influence if they'd been trained for it? How hard would it be to form a coherent lie? What about just a believable denial?

My story is set present day and my main character and her father are vigilantes. Isabelle, my heroine, has been captured by a drug lord who has a drug ten times more powerful than sodium pentathol (I can change how much more powerful depending on the responses to this post)

I searched sodium pentathol, and sodium penthathol effects.

Thanks for the help! I'm just kind of stuck at this point and have too many issues to try sodium pentathol myself.

How would bandits in the woods actually LIVE?

Thank you again for, basically, making my story possible!  It's inching along, and I've managed to do a lot of research myself, but here's a question I butted up against.

The mythical kingdom (based very roughly on Regency England, or that strange little country in  "The Mouse That Roared "), has a rebellion brewing.  I've been trying to figure out where the rebels, or at least a contingent of them, would live.  The tradition is that bandits, etc. live in the woods.  But how?  Where do they sleep?  Do they relieve themselves in the bushes?  Do they only eat what they can catch?  Do they have tents?  Cottages?  Cabins?

I've searched  "Robin Hood" and all of its permutations on google, and YouTube.  I've also searched 18th century encampments, 18th century outdoor living, Civil War encampments (not exactly what I'm looking for but anything will do), and 18th century bandits.  You read and/or see the bandits/rebels feasting and talking around a fire, but what about the rest of the time?  And do women and children live with them?  What do they do about clothes?

I forced myself to watch a chunk of  "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" with Kevin Costner, but even that didn't help.  The fact that the movie utterly sucked didn't help.  I also watched  "The Count of Monte Cristo," which had a band of bandits but they were just hanging out on a beach!  Where did these people GO?

Can you tell I've lived in New York City all of my life?


If this was a real book, I think I'd have to give this community a co-writing credit.