August 27th, 2010

music, serious face

ANON POST: How can a woman cause her unborn child to become sterile?

The setting: Rural Idaho, in the eighties-going-on-nineties.

The story starts with what the protagonist’s mother does to him.

When his mother wass pregnant with him, she did all she can to induce a miscarriage. She tried everything, remedies, poisons, self-harming even, but nothing works. The protagonist ends up being born for the most part healthy, but because of his mother’s attempts at getting rid of him, the protagonist is sterile as a side effect.

What I want to know is what sort of things can cause a child to be born sterile because of his mother trying to get rid of him. Any remedies? Drinks? Any self-harm the mother did to try to get rid of him?

I’ve tried looking it up through search terms such as “mothers making children infertile” or “how pregnant women can cause their children to be born infertile” but most of it is information I don’t believe I need. Most of the articles I read on infertility is focused on parents being infertile, not the children.

So what can cause a child to be born infertile through the mother’s actions while she was pregnant with him?

Latin Translation

Hello there, all - I've always found Latin an interesting language but I've never yet had a chance to learn it. I don't speak it and can only fudge my way through maybe pronouncing it because of years of involvement with choral music. However, I do have a request if anyone would be gracious enough to help me...I'm writing a one shot fictional vignette set in the 17th century where a character is gifting something to another and I'd really, really like to add a Latin inscription to the object.

In searching around, I've discovered the following:

Plus aegri ex abitu viri quam ex adventu volupatis crepi. by the playwright Plautus from Amphitruo which was translated into English as "I felt more sorrow in his going than joy in his coming."

If possible, I'd like to keep the same sentiment but just tweak it a little into "I shall feel more sorrow in your going than what joy I felt in all our time together."

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks in advance!

x-posted to latin
music, serious face

Difficulty running due to injury

This is a follow-up to this question, where I asked about a character losing his toes.

Basically, this character is injured as a young man, and then many years later is still unable to run very well. I want him to be able to walk, preferably without a cane or other device, but have him be unable to run (or just be slower).

Judging from the info you all shared on my last post, having him lose some toes might not be enough. So I'm looking for an additional (or different) injury. I've tried "difficulty running," "injury", etc, but I'm not sure how to narrow down my search considering I'm looking for some pretty specific effects.

This is a fantasy setting without modern medicine. The character isn't human, though, and doesn't suffer from infections.

Ideally, the character would be injured while escaping (barefoot) through some fairly punishing wilderness. He could be injured by his pursuers or through an accident.

Any ideas?

Edit: Thank you, everyone! I might go with the most popular suggestion and make it a knee injury, although I still welcome any different suggestions. Choice is good. :)
Woman Bathing

Mexican slang

Hi, everyone. I'm looking for a Mexican euphemism meaning 'to be gay' Something similar to the English 'bat for the other side'... as in "When are you going to tell her you're batting for the other side"

I searched the slang dictionaries (uh hum) and forums till my eyes bled. I can do a direct translation, (Batear para la oposición) but does it even have the same meaning?

Suggestions? Nothing vulgar, please. Slightly rude is okay. This is a friend speaking as a friend.

Sands - stolen prayer
  • bwinter

Antipsychotic side effects

I've got a character who, after a late-teens initial stress-triggered emergence of schizophrenia (mostly catatonia and hallucinations, with some negative symptoms) is controlling her illness with medication. I've been able to research schizophrenia extensively, but some of the medication knowledge is giving me problems.

1. I assume it's possible that she's not responding well to atypical antipsychotic, but is responding to typical antipsychotics. Some of their side-effects are muscle spasms, which can lead to tardive dyskinesia, but information I've found centers on spasms of the face and back, as well as restless-legs syndrome. Is it possible for medication side-effects to manifest as occasional leg spasms that threaten her balance, to the point where she carries a cane just in case?

(1A. If this isn't possible as a side effect of atypical antipsychotic, what other medical condition would cause such instability - general normal gait with occasional spasm / cramps that make someone fall over so that they have to carry a cane to help them keep balance when that happens? Injury or infection would be preferrable.)

2. While it's very important for schizophrenics to take their meds regularly, what would be the effects of involuntarily stopping medication in a high-stress situation? She normally takes it religiously, but in a minimum dose due to the aforementioned side effects. It's the classic kidnapping/hostage scenario, so how long after she's supposed to take a dose can my heroine plausibly start experiencing first symptoms of hallucinations - hours, days, weeks?

Searches: various combinations of typical antipsychotics (including brand and generic names), muscle spasms, cramps, tardive dyskinesia, cane. It doesn't happen that Kane is the name of a doctor who writes a lot of articles on schizophrenia.
Loz Celestial

How people became a police officer in the GMP in 1988?

I have a question regarding the recruitment/training process in the Greater Manchester Police during the 1980s.

Research I've conducted up to now suggests that training would be conducted at Sedgley House/Sedgley Park Training Centre. Is that right?

These days I believe recruits spend 1-3 weeks at Sedgley House and then for weeks 4-28 go to an Area Training Base. There's a two-year probation. My question is, what would have happened around 1988/1989? Also, what would some of the basic training consist of?

Any information at all from around that time (or even later than this, since I'm sure some basics remain the same) would be vastly appreciated.

Research already conducted: Google, GMP website,, wikipedia.
Books hazy

tree symbolism in Japan

What kinds of meanings or qualities are associated with various kinds of trees in Japan? Apart from the well-known symbolism of sakura (and - I think - plum and maple in a similar meaning of transience, transient beauty, mortality, and the like?), I've been unable to find any information on this...

The only information I've been able to find on the meanings of various kinds of trees is from Western traditions, where oak = strength and courage, and so on. But what about Japan?

I've googled various combinations of "trees", "Japan", "symbolism", "meaning of" and "language of" - I've come across some very nice old illustrations, explanations on how to write various kanji, and bonsai lore, but nothing actually relevant for me. :-)

Thank you very much for your help!