October 18th, 2011

Certification for Teaching in Jewish Day School

Hey folks,

I've been doing some Googling around and getting in touch with people in regards to what would happen if a German-born and educated woman got her Master's degree in teaching before moving to the US to teach. I was in contact with the Goethe Institute, that gave me a general idea of what I needed to do, but also recommended I email the New York department of education to ask for specifics and length of time it would take. It also went on to say that public schools require certification, but some private schools don't. So, before I go that route, I'm going to go into some background under the cut.

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Broken femur from skateboarding

I have a side character in a novel who needs, for plot reasons, to go to hospital for a few weeks—it's vital that he doesn't return home, as his absence is the catalyst for the main plot. I'd like him to be injured in a skateboarding accident, and I'd prefer the injury to be a little unusual—something to cause a doctor to first, be unsure how to treat it and second, want to write a paper about it, perhaps. The character is a fit 31-year-old man living in the Southampton area, UK. He has private medical insurance.

I thought a supracondylar femur fracture might be suitable, which could eventually be treated by an external fixator.

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Buildings in Modern Day Bath

Setting: Modern Day UK--all over, but my questions specifically have to do with Bath
Searches: "Abandoned buildings in Bath", "Derelict buildings in Bath", "Hampton Row Bath, UK", "Temples and Shrines in Bath", "Temples and Shrines in Aquae Sulis", "Aquae Sulis places closed to public"

I'm writing a fantasy story set in the UK in which two characters without any magical ability are attempting to break two characters with magical ability out of a location that relies mostly on magic for its security (and is, therefore, much less secure against non-magical means). The two non-magical characters are incredibly intelligent and resourceful, as well as being in decent health and young (early to mid 30's).

What I need is a place where the magical characters are being held. It has to be in Bath (the justification in the world I'm building is that the properties of the springs enhance the magic of the place), and the closer it is to where the main springs are located, the better. I was hoping that my search would lead me to find either a room in the Roman Baths complex that is closed to the public--or, at least, rarely visited--but I've widened my search to derelict and abandoned buildings in the city.

I've had two hits--Hampton Row and the Longacre buildings--but I've been unable to find much information on either.

So, what I'm really asking is:

1. Are there any closed rooms in the Roman Baths complex that I can take advantage of?

2. If not, how abandoned/derelict are Hampton Row or the Longacre buildings? Are they sufficiently far away from main roads and the majority of the traffic flow?

3. If none of the above seems feasible for the scenario I mentioned, can you suggest alternatives?

This is my first post, so I hope I'm doing this correctly.
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[ANON POST] Switching between (opioid) painkillers

My MC is a 20 year old male, medium height, average/slight build, with poor diet. He is attempting to ease off of one (made-up) synthetic opioid painkiller, which is injected and much more powerful than, onto something still helping with moderate pain but in pill form. (I've considered something like Vicodin for this, but since Made-Up Painkiller is compared in its home canon to morphine, though much stronger, I'm not sure what to go with or whether I should specify.) This is not under a doctor's supervision, and all medication is illegally or grey-area legally obtained, if that makes a difference, though he'll still have standard-sized doses.

The setting is a sci-fi universe (hence the fictional painkiller) but apart from that, has approximately late-80s American technology and resources. It is probably slightly closer to modern day 2011 by medical standards, but ordinary non-Made Up Painkiller medications haven't changed much.

Would he still experience withdrawal symptoms as if in withdrawal for that specific drug, switching from one opioid to another, or would the new medication pick up that slack? (If it varies from drug to drug, since I'm having him coming off a fictional drug anyway I'm willing to bullshit this.) He'd do his own research on the medical aspects of switching over, but probably after the fact as he's in a bit of a hurry. What symptoms would he likely experience? He's been on the previous drug for a substantial period of time (six months to a year). He initially began taking painkillers for chronic post-surgical pain (which makes me suspect he may be in fact switching back to taking something like Vicodin, taking that immediately after the surgery) but switched to Made-Up Painkiller for reasons of availability and necessity. I'm presuming at this point that he's physically dependent on the former drug, but the psychological switch is not a strong element in this case.

Googled: "opiate withdrawal", "opiate addiction", "painkiller addiction", "switching painkillers", "hydrocodone/paracetamol"; Wikipedia research done on opiates, and general analgesics, hydrocodone/paracetamol, as well as morphine and heroin, to which Made-Up Painkiller has been compared.