December 12th, 2010

Team Jim

Compression Fracture in a Dog's Tail

Where: London
When: Now
Searched: healing time for broken bone dog, healing time for broken bone tail dog, healing time for broken bone tail spaniel, healing time crush fracture dog, compression fracture heal time dog, + checked tags

The dog in question had its tail stepped on at some point, causing it to break. Since it was just its tail, and nothing life- or mobility-threatening, and with other circumstances involving the death of a family member arising, the owners never did anything about the dog's tail.

If it matters, the dog is some sort of medium-sized spaniel, with long hair. Probably going to be some sort of Springer mix, but I've not settled on anything yet.

Now, this is really more of a case of how much can I get away with, rather than being totally accurate. But I'd still like to be believable, so now I ask my odd question.

Some time after the dog's tail has been broken, the person who has taken over care for the dog notices the break in its tail. So, my first question is how long would the area remain tender? MC (who probably doesn't even know basic first aid, and if he ever did, he's forgotten it) needs to be able to know that the break is still "fresh" as it were (and not just an old break that had healed funny), and probably the best way for him to know this would be from a physical cue from the dog. All of the information I've been able to find has been about a dog's leg, and how you shouldn't walk it for up to 6-8 weeks after, but I'm not sure how much of this is relevant, and it doesn't really tell me what the dog actually feels.

After MC discovers the break in the dog's tail, he'll take it to a vet. He's not so much interested in getting the poor animal mended, but he wants to know how old the break is. Presumably, the older the break, the more difficult this would be, but is there a way to more or less accurately 'backdate' the time of the break? I don't necessarily need it to the day, but how old could the break be to still be within a ±2 day estimate?

If this is possible, what are the methods by which the vet would use to determine this? If it's not possible, what would be the next best thing that would still be an awesome way to solve a murder?

Military discharge--medical retirement after traumatic brain injury

Setting: present day
Character: U.S. Air Force Major

Scenario: Character suffers traumatic brain injury (while on duty) and is in a coma. He eventually awakens and suffers from both seizures and some loss of motor function due to the injury.

The conditions above are listed as unsatisfactory for continued military retention, but I need to know: would the Medical Evaluation Board or the Physical Evaluation Board suggest a temporary medical retirement or permanent? Brain injuries are known to resolve themselves and physical therapy could help the character recover enough to be fit for duty eventually, but I'm not sure if the trauma and resulting problems are a condition that would absolutely force the character out regardless of his prognosis for recovery. And would the character have a say in whether he was put on temporary medical retirement or not?

Thanks so much!

Searches and terms: air force retention standards, military medical discharge, military medical separation, disability retirement, MEB and PEB, browsed the air force site and VA sites, and a few forums at militarytimes.
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Wildflowers and Trees in Bloom in April in Berkshire, UK ?

Somehow my Google-fu is failing me on this. I've been trying with searches such as wildflowers bloom April Berkshire U.K. and only getting a few very common things (primroses, and late in the month, bluebells). I'm looking for common, fairly showy native species that might have been in bloom in April in the Roman occupation era south of modern-day Reading.

I've found various wildflower sites, but they seem to assume that you know the name of the plant already, or that you have a specimen and are trying to identify it.

I just need the names of a couple of additional flowering plants, and also any trees that are typically in bloom at that time of year in that region.

Green Squiggly

Stepping way out of my element with a late 18th Century French novel.

And by element, I mean Victorian to modern-day era American-set literature, that's not a romance novel.

The biggest problem I'm having is I'm not sure what to search for. I mean, I know what to look for in the case of buildings, clothing, and furniture, but what about the popular mannerisms of the nobility at the time? How do I best search for information on the customs of the era, the social mores, the stigmas?

Basically I'm just confused on what specific words to search with in something like Google , and for the life of me I can't fathom what to even try. Any and all help would be appreciated.