December 11th, 2010

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ANON POST: Small religious books, 19th century

This character is German-born but has probably seen a fairly good portion of Central Europe. He is not particularly wealthy, but doesn't give much of a fig about borrowing books and not returning them. The setting is the very late 19th century/very early 20th century.

My character is theoretically using a smaller religious book for spiritual defense -- something like a psalmbook, a hymnal or a Bible. The only Bibles I've seen of this time period are the large family volumes, and that won't do for the purposes of my story; the book needn't be pocket-sized but still small enough to be easily portable. It needn't be a full Bible, with Old and New Testament, just a smaller portion of Scripture in Latin or (considering my MC is Lutheran, but not picky) German. Was anything sold roughly fitting these specs? Paperback books naturally aren't an option, but even just a smaller selection of the Psalms would do. (I don't need prices and publishers, I would just like more search terms to use for a visual and something to go on besides "well, this could conceivably exist". Older/vintage

Secondly: I realize now that I've been mentally using my own copy of the psalms for this scene, which has a small cross on the cover; would this have been a no-go historically, or is it feasible enough to fit into my story with an unspoken handwave?

Terms Googled: Psalter 19th century, New Testament 19th century, Bible 19th century + German
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ANON POST: Broken knee/ankle

Hi guys. It's my first time posting, but this community has been really fascinating and helpful to me even while lurking. And now I come to you with questions.

Setting: Generic medieval fantasy RP. I can't really give a good time period for comparison, especially since no one has addressed medical practices in the setting yet. There is magic, but I want to save that as a last resort.

Research: I looked through entries here with the "broken bones" tag. Enlightening, but not quite helpful enough. I also tried Googling things like "knee fracture" and "broken bone recovery", but what I found was for a more modern perspective, believe it or not.

And now on to the meat of things.

I have a character-- we'll call her Character 1-- who, through some unwarranted and severe psychological/emotional abuse, managed to earn the ire of a second character (Character 2). Character 2 tracked down Character 1 and broke her ankle and knee on the same leg, by stomping on the joints with a foot, from the side. Character 1 was bound and lying on the floor on her side when this occurred.

Basically the ideal situation here is that she makes a recovery in a few months, but ends up with a permanent limp. Would that be possible at all? From the research I've done, it looks like a broken kneecap is often a sentence of never walking again without modern surgery. Is it possible that her kneecap would not be broken? Would that still leave her unable to walk, if she got proper medical treatment? What if she tried to splint it herself?

Also. Character 1 was in her second floor apartment when she was tracked down. How likely is it that she can get anywhere with one good leg? There's a large selection of daggers within easy reach, so being tied up won't be an issue. If she made a rudimentary splint or found something to use as a crutch, could she find medical treatment on her own? It is very unlikely anyone will show up to assist her.

If I can't get quite what I want from regular medical treatment, then I can tailor some sort of "it's magic" solution, since healing magic does exist in-setting. I'd just like to know as much as I can about the situation beforehand.

Thank you in advance!
  • yeats

emergency room visit for a child

setting: NW england, present-day

i'm writing a story that's galloping ahead at a fast clip, but i'm having trouble with the, erm, little details that make it plausible. here's what's happened:

-a divorced father wakes up in the middle of the night, to a call from his ex-wife. she's in an ambulance with their eight year-old daughter, headed to the hospital

i needed to pick a disease that would be a) common enough to not strike the reader as fantastic, b) severe enough to require an ambulance/hospitalization, and c) involve at least an overnight stay but no lasting damage.

after research, the obvious answer seemed to be "appendicitis," but i'm wondering if that's right... would a little girl be taken to the hospital in an ambulance for suspected appendicitis? i've done a lot of reading about the symptoms and treatment, but i'm not sure what the answer is.

also, if i choose to give her appendicitis, would she be operated on immediately? since the parents are divorced, could she be operated on without her father's consent? if it takes him a half hour from getting the call to get to the hospital, what's the likelihood of her already being in surgery? and if she isn't in surgery, where is she -- in the waiting room, in a shared room, being given drugs?

i've googled various topics related to pediatric emergency medicine, appendectomy timing, surgical consent after divorce, and the like. thanks in advance!
  • kchasm

Hours and Pay for a Police Detective

 Setting: Present day. City in the California Bay Area.

So I've got a character--a couple of characters, actually--living in this California city. And they're both cops. Only, qualified-to-investigate-murders cops.

I know very little about policeman-type jobs. Can you tell?

Anyway, I've done a bit of looking up, but the information I've been able to find has been contradictory and/or threadbare, which brings me to the question: What sort of hours and pay does a police detective have?

Any information you can give me would be deeply appreciated.

(If this helps any, one of the police officers lives in an apartment with his sister who runs a coffeeshop, while the other lives in an actual house with his wife. I've written that they both leave for work in the morning, the latter in fact going early while it's still darkish.)
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ANON POST: Moderate Incapacitating GSW - walk away from hospital in only few hours

Setting is modern North America.

I have a character, male, 19, healthy (soccer player), who is shot at close range, the character having just been roughly shoved away from the shooter after a brief struggle. I'll say this is your typical handgun (I don't know anything about guns). I need him to go down and pass out, bleed a fair bit, and along the ten minute trip to the hospital, which is about 7-8 minutes after he's been shot, I would like his breathing stops a couple times. Keeping in mind it's a pretty chilly night and he's been lying outside until the arrival of the ambulance, would shock alone be enough to cause this? Would he have lost enough blood to experience shock?

They arrive at the hospital and get him patched up.

Thing is, he needs to be able to get up and go play hero in under six hours. In serious pain of course, but able to limp away like you see in the movies. Is this plausible, and what type of gsw would make it so? I currently have him shot in the side in some manner, being very lucky in that nothing major was damaged. Once he's through with the heroics, he will of course receive therapy if necessary and undergo the appropriate recovery time; he just needs to be mobile quickly.

I've done google searches on a number of variations on gsw injuries and recovery times (surgery time for gsw, types of gunshot wounds, temporary incapacitation due to gun shot, etc), and gone through the postings here, but haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for. I have no medical knowledge whatsoever, so I have no idea if such a situation could feasibly take place. I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know. Thanks.