March 24th, 2013

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Gunshot wound to order

What kind of gunshot injury would fit these parameters?

- caused by either a direct shot or ricochet from a gunman about 3 metres away
- potentially very lethal, but not immediately
- makes the character go into eventual shock, but allows her to remain conscious for 10-15 minutes (obviously in great distress and preferably immobilised enough that the gunman ignores her as no longer dangerous)
- rudimentary first aid in the first 15-30 minutes can make a significant difference to her survival outcome once
- the aid is administered, an ambulance is there within 30-45 minutes from the shooting, and after two to four weeks of top-notch, cost-is-not-an-object medical care, she can go on an intercontinental flight (first-class, with an attendant who won't let her pick up anything heavier than a fork) and do lightweight sightseeing without any mobility devices

I was thinking about a general shot to the stomach, but the first-aid plot point is giving me trouble - is applying pressure etc going to make a difference when the bleeding's internal? Would a lung wound work, with someone holding her up so that she doesn't drown in her own blood? Basically I need someone to save her life to make up for shooting her in the first place...
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bedroom in a bell tower; trans* in seminary?

I'm writing a story set in Ronceverte, West Virginia, sometime during or after the 1970s, and want to use the town's Catholic church as the main stage.

Problem is, I'm not too clear on where the administrative or residential quarters tend to go in small/parish churches - my art history textbooks don't quite address that sort of detail, and searching online for permutations of "romanesque revival architecture" or "blueprints" or even "bedroom in belltower" hasn't helped in the right way. There's a Protestant church near my neighborhood and it looks like its priest has a separate house next door, but I don't know if this is anywhere near standard practice for small Christian churches.

Some helpful images of the church are here, and here's a three-quarters view I pulled from Google.

Would it be possible to have a residential room in the bell tower, or would that be completely nonsensical and only a stairwell can go there? And what about things like a kitchen, study or library, i.e. living quarters?

And - just to cover my bases - would it be possible for a trans* man to get through Roman Catholic seminary without being kicked out, if he's going stealth? None of my (admittedly cursory) research on RC seminaries has indicated any potentially serious/dangerous situations, so I was assuming yes, but when you assume....

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Thank you to everybody who provided answers and stimulating discussion. For future tag-browsers, the comments also cover details of daily rural parish business; the day-to-day life of a rural parish priest/pastor; seminary life; RC thinking on transgender people in general as well as in the ministry; and there's some good discussion of RC thinking on personal sacrifice and faith.
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Starvation-type eating disorder over several years-effect on growth

Did some Googling of 'anorexia stunted growth', 'long term eating disorder effects', and other terms along those lines, and played with a height calculator for a bit, but I need some more specific advice.

The character who this is about is a girl who entered puberty at 9 and struggled with an eating disorder from ages 11 to 19. This disorder was predominantly starvation-type, and the severity was everything from 'loses large chunk of body weight in a few months and needs instant hospitalization to survive' to 'you'd need a history with EDs yourself to realize she has any more body insecurities than your average adolescent girl' and everything in between. There were also a couple bulimic episodes around age 14-15.

Her birth mother was 5'4", her birth father was 5'7", both of average builds. She has no blood siblings, and if she'd never been disordered, she would've been somewhat taller and a little thinner than her genetics would usually indicate-not enough for there to be a noticable disrespectancy, though.

She would definitely have some drastically stunted growth-that much is for certain. How much, though? I get that she'd definitely be below five feet, but how far, roughly, and what kind of weight would she be able to healthily maintain post-recovery?

I don't need exact numbers, but a rough guide would be helpful.

Bonus question: How much would her fertility be affected? Completely sterile, or just major difficulties conceiving?