November 7th, 2011

writing redhead

Travelling from the US to Europe in the latter half of the 1890s

Oh, god, but my Google-fu has failed me, and my search through the tags of this splendiferous comm has been fruitless. Even Google Advanced searching hasn't yielded anything. Perhaps you good gentles can help me with a few questions?

I have a character (male, early twenties, from a wealthy family but with little means of his own as his father has just cut him off without a penny in a moment of High Drama) in urgent need of passage from Boston to Venice. As he only has on his person a pair of silver cufflinks and a gold pocketwatch, I'm not sure he could afford the fare for one of the big ocean liners but I'm also not sure what other options would have been available to him. Basically, then, my questions are:

1) How would this poor young gentleman have got from Boston to Venice?

2) Roughly how long would this have taken?

3) How much would it have cost?
3b) How much would a pair of silver, mother-of-pearl inlaid cufflinks and a plain, gold pocketwatch (with a gold chain) have been worth, with a view to his selling them to pay for his ticket? Would that even have been feasible?

4) Am I being a complete twit, and should I, in time-honoured oh-god-the-deadline-is-looming tradition just skip over this bit of the story and hope to distract my readers with a sex scene later on?
  • eelpot

UK specific - holding cells, panic attacks and EMTs

Setting: UK, present day. A character of mine is arrested, has a severe panic attack in the holding cell (trouble breathing, has thrown up several times, passed out). He don't want treatment.

1) Can they force him to go to the hospital?
2) Can he demand to see his lawyer if they try?
3) What kind of tests can the ambulance personnel give him on site? (I assume they'll check blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, but is there anything else?)
4) How long would they keep him there once he's checked and they confirm it's only a panic attack?
5) Also, would they give him anything to calm him down before transporting him back to the cell?

Searches made:
* Ambulance / EMT patient exam / medical assessment / tests
in different combinations, mostly gave me school material, couldn't find details about which tests would be performed in this situation
* Refusal of medical aid UK
Found nothing fitting my situation. Although he has the right to refuse, I believe they would try to make him go just to be sure. Including +jail gave me many articles, but none relevant to my situation.
* Incapable of making informed consent + prison
* I also read the wikipedia article on informed consent

I have a feeling I'm missing some obvious search, so please let me know if you know of some phrase/wording I should try.
Mikey LotMS

Emotional Developmental Disorder: Adult acting like a child

This would take place in current day USA.

Search terms: emotional disorder, developmental disorder, emotional developmental disorder, disorder adult childlike behavior, behavioral disorder, behavioral developmental disorder

I don't know if this is a real disorder or just something I saw on tv some time. Basically it's an adult who is moderately functioning - he can dress himself and so on, but the trouble is that he's forgetful about things that need to be done daily or at certain times, like eating or sleeping or waking up in a "normal" pattern. He kind of gets lost in time, I guess, so his brother and his brother's boyfriend are there a lot to make sure he's taking care of himself.

He's a brilliant artist, which makes me think of autism or asperger's, but his disorder has not caused any social retardation. He's very interactive with people, trusting them to a fault, and gets excited (like a child) to see his brother and his brother's boyfriend, very happy when they're there, and each time it's like he's seeing them for the first time in a long time, even if it's only been for a few hours.

It's not dependent personality disorder, because he doesn't have a low opinion of himself and he doesn't feel he NEEDS them to function. Rather, he's generally happy, immersed in his own little world, and it's the other guys who know they have to check on him a lot to make sure he's taking care of himself.

So is this an actual disorder, and if so, what might it be called? I've looked up the DSM-IV and APA site and everything and I can't find anything like it. Thanks in advance if you can help me out!