Setting: Modern day, metropolitan area
Issue: I have a healthy, athletic male in his mid 20’s who is going to get hit by a drunk driver as he’s coming home on his bicycle. He’ll be picked up pretty quickly and there’s a hospital close, so that’s not an issue. I’d like to produce the most pain and drama for the least amount of current injury or future trauma.
I’m thinking of giving him some mild internal bleeding around the stomach area. From what the internet tells me, if the blood gets into the lining of the stomach it can cause it to harden and he’ll be in a bunch of pain, plus some shock depending on how much blood is lost. It can be picked up by some non evasive stuff (X rays, that sort of thing), but they’ll have to operate to fix it. But once they stop it he’ll okay pretty quickly and won’t have any lasting damage or limitations.
Am I going about this the right way, or is there a better way to get the results I’m looking for?
Search terms: internal bleeding and internal bleeding + symptoms/treatment/ ect, as well as going through the entries in the com here.
My MC is an (admittedly important) Assistant Staff Surgeon out in the Cape of Good Hope in 1817 and I'm finding it horrifically difficult to find out what his day to day routine would be like. I know that he had a fair amount of his time taken up with dealing with diseases such as typhoid as well as looking after the general populous, but I'm looking for more details then that- a day in the life example would probably make me throw up with excitement at this point, though I'd happily settle for an outline that is less rough then 'he tackled cholera in 1819'.
Search terms used: cape colony hospital, cape colony military hospital, hospital 1800 cape colony, surgeon life 1800 colony, (I will concede that I am terrible at googling)
Additionally, just to double check- despite having his doctorate, MC wouldn't be referred to as 'Dr.', would he? It'd just be 'mister'? I know that modern military parlance would dictate that a doctor be called by his rank formally and 'doctor' informally, but would the same fly for a surgeon in this situation? I thought that I knew for definite that he'd be called 'Mr.' having talked to a few people, but every single biography of the fellow I'm writing has referred to him as Doctor.