August 19th, 2012

Fall injuries

For my book, I need to find out what would happen to somebody after a fall injury (from quite high, let's say 2 stories). The patient is a 50 year old woman. I need her to be in intensive care, with life threatening injuries, but to be able to speak a little and be lucid from time to time. She's supposed to die about 12-14 hours after the accident.
I googled fall injury, intensive care unit, I read some stuff about patients staying in ICU and traumas.
However, my needs are really specific, and it's hard to find the info for something with that much requirements.
I actually don't care what kind of injury she has, I just need her to die after less than 20 hours, but she needs to be lucid a few hours before her death and be able to talk to her family. She musn't be intubated (otherwise she can't speak and that kinda ruins the whole point of my scene).I thought about brain trauma, but then I'm not sure she could stay alive and conscious that long.
Right now, after about 10 hours, she's considered stabilzed but still critical by the doctors. Do you have any clue or advice on what she could suffer from? The medicine is not as advanced as it is nowadays, it's more like in the 90s. She probably had internal bleedings, which have been taken care of by the doctors, but could it be a solution to my problem?
Thanks for your help!

Piano questio

I'm looking for a little help from any pianists/musicians out there. TIA to anyone with ideas on how to resolve this problem, or new searches I can try and do so on my own.

I'm working on a contemporary Christmas story and here's my problem: two men are sitting at the piano and A will play the left hand part while B plays the right. A begins Silent Night, but doesn't tell B that's what he's playing. What carol would B think of based on what he's hearing from the left hand of A? B has to jump in, but he can't get the carol right because that's just too on-the-nose even for these two.

I've googled “left hand piano notes” and “left hand piano part” for a bunch of carols hoping to find one that looks similar enough but so far, no dice. Maybe that's because although my character is an amazing musician I, sadly, am not.

If I have to choose another carol Silent Night can go. Any two carols that sound enough alike in the right (er, correct) way will be fine. I just need it to be plausible – the last thing I want is for a musician (editors play too! :)) to call b. s. on my scene. It's near the emotional climax & any readers need to be thinking about that, not that I should've done more research.

Thanks a million!  :)

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