May 18th, 2011

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drooping eyelid as mini-stroke or vascular dementia symptom?

So, here I am again, with the stroke symptoms...

Googled ("drooping eyelid", "drooping eyelid mini stroke", "drooping eyelid vascular dementia") and gone to a few medical sites like Medline, but found nothing specific.

Is it possible to have as a symptom an on-and-off drooping eyelid that's so slight it's practically unnoticeable? Lasts for a few days at the most. My character (mid-20's female, Asian, myopic, overweight, doesn't exercise, unhealthy diet, has PVC, is anxious, neurotic and has the occasional low mood brought on by self-pity and low self-esteem) wakes up with one eyelid feeling heavy, goes to the mirror and looks at herself closely. She notices that the eyelids aren't the same (the problem eyelid has more folds), and the problem is so slight,and her faith in her own judgement so low, she finds it difficult to think anything's wrong. I plan for her to have several of these incidents without her doing anything about it.
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Answering the phone

I have no idea where to even look this up!

My main character is the personal assistant (administrative assistant?) for the CEO of a design company. All of the calls go through the switchboard/receptionist/whatever, it's not important.

What I need to know is what is she going to say when she picks up the phone? No need to say the company's name, because they know that's who they've called, correct? I've never been in this position so I have no idea how to have her answer.

Thanks!

ETA: Wow, guys, thanks so much! I appreciate the help!
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1820's-1830's Australian Bushrangers: Recs needed

Thank you all for indulging my fairly creepy little question last time. Now, for something completely different, and fairly sane and normal. I've had a plot bunny nibbling away at me, and I'm having a difficult time dealing with the research for it, as I can't get to the school databases over this semester.

So, basically, I'm planning a story loosely, and I mean very loosely, based on the story of Jack Donahue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Donahue ) My main character will have a similar situation, but I won't be using proper names or events. Google and wikipedia have helped me to find information on the original lyrics to The Wild Colonial Boy, some background information on Donahue himself, and a truly interesting site that devotes sections to Bushrangers as a whole, but I find myself looking for more information.

The period I'm specifically interested in is roughly the 1820's-1830's, based on the idea that I want to write about convict outlaws, most likely in Tasmania, as I've read that this is where the prisoners regarded to be most dangerous were sent. I've found some very good websites with information on those transported to Australia and I have a fairly good idea of what my main characters will be doing/have done to be taken there, so I'm okay as far as these things go, but any additional information that you think might be helpful would be excellent.

I've found this list of sources: http://www.nedkellysworld.com.au/bushrangers/reading.htm to be a good starting point, but I'd be interested to learn which among them is the best to use for research purposes. I'd welcome recommendations for books/websites, etc. I've checked out the links in the wikipedia articles on Donahue, and on Bushrangers, as well as googling the following terms:

Australian Bushrangers, Bushrangers, Australia 1820-1830, Jack Donahue Australia


Thanks so much for the help last time. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of my story, which is always welcome, and thanks in advance for the help this time too!