June 9th, 2014

[ANON POST] Waking Up from a Coma

Setting: Modern time, New York. E.U.

Search Terms: coma, waking up from a coma, waking up from a coma symptoms, coma progression, and other variations of the same idea. Also, I have read the coma tag in the community, which brought up several details I will be using also, but it is a bit hard to fit fully a specific idea with other cases.

So, hi everyone.

I have a couple of questions regarding a coma, but first of all, I would like to run by you the original idea I had before doing any research.

Basically, I had the character opening his eyes after around five months of being in a coma. It would be only for a couple of seconds, no words spoken nor any other thing. The thing is, I had the doctor telling the family that it's a good sign he opened his eyes, but that doesn't give them (the doctors) room to ensure he will wake up soon or not, basically they are in the same place regarding that. After that, I have my character no showing any other sign for 10 days or so, and then starting to wake up gradually.

I would like to know if any of this/none of this is medically possible.

Now, to the questions:

My character is a male in his middle twenties, early thirties, in extraordinary physical condition. He's almost but not quite an athlete. So after four/five months of being in a coma, I would like to know a very general view of how he would be waking up. In fact, I would appreciate anything you can tell me in this particular case I'm proposing here, since I already have general information about being/waking from a coma.

Is it possible for the ventilator/breathing machine to be out even before he starts showing signs of waking up? If so, how long after falling into a coma could it be taken out?

I know he wouldn't be able to speak or move right away, would need physical therapy and stuff like that, but assuming he has an average/slightly speedy recovery and no further complications, who long after waking up could the feeding tube and catheter be taken out? How long before he can be send home, even if he still have to come back for his therapy?

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I would be forever grateful for any help you can give me. Thank you!

-Jennifer.

Lethal knife wounds

Setting: Early 1800's secondary world
Search terms: lethal stab wound, fatal stab wound, lethal knife wound

I need an injury made to order. A character gets into a fight and is stabbed several times with a knife. His wounds need to be lethal, but not immediately so. The character needs to be able to launch a feeble last ditch attack and remain lucid enough to talk for another two to three minutes. If it matters, the knife he's being stabbed with is similar to this one. I need to know what areas of the body will deliver what I'm looking for and what organs are likely to be hit in the attack.