seb138 (seb138) wrote in little_details,

Poisoned Bullets

Hello, everyone! First of all I'm so grateful to find this amazing, rich source of information. This is my first post here so I hope I'm doing this right

I'm writing a story, the events set in a fictional but pretty much similar to 1990s London. My character "J" is a healthy, medium built 30 years old male, J gets shot with a poisoned bullet that "almost!" takes his life, here's the details and the questions:

The bullet and the poison:

1-    The bullet goes into the fleshy part of his upper arm, just below the shoulder joint, it doesn't hit any bones but it causes an amount of bleeding "that it looks scary but in fact it's not fatal." The purpose of this is that the assailant wants him to die by the poison, not by the bullet itself, "the bullet here is used to send a certain message."

2-    The bullet was dipped in poison, so once he is got shot the poison released into his blood stream, the questions are:

a.     Is dipping the bullet in the poison is effective? If not, what else can be done?

b.     Does the bleeding alter the effectiveness of the poison?

3-    The poison should work in 2-5 minutes of getting shot, symptoms worsening gradually, reaching the peak in 25-30 minutes. I need the following symptoms to occur (by order would be perfect):

a.     Numbness and/or severe pain in the injured area "even if it was one of them, I can deal with that."

b.     Dizziness/Nausea "without vomiting."

c.      Short/irregular breathing.

d.     Skin tone changing.

e.     Blurry vision.

f.       Severe chest/heart pain, "along with the inability to breathe."

g.     Seizure… Can it be added? "Please say yes!"

h.     Unconsciousness and coma.

4-    What type of poison would work for all the above? "No problem if it was a mix of two or more types of poisons."

The Hospitalization:

5-    He will be rushed to a hospital after 15-20 minutes of getting shot, so, in the hospital:

a.     What will they treat first? The poisoning symptoms or the gunshot wound? Or both? "As far as I know, they will focus on treating the breathing problems, getting the bleeding under control, and then focusing on the other problems."

b.     I'm thinking of a two-parts antidote, I mean once they know the type of the poison and stabilize him, they start giving the first part of the antidote in the ICU, when they make sure everything works properly they'll move him to a regular room and start giving the second part of the antidote. Is it possible to do such a thing? Or should giving the antidote be under strict observation?

c.      In general, how long does an antidote take to start working? I need it to start immediately but keeps working for about 6-8 hours before the doctors decide that there's no need to give more.

d.     I need J to be unconscious the whole time, or to 7-8 hours at least, "it's very important." in this case, can he be heavily sedated/in a medical induced coma while treatment?

e.     What is the type of the antidote that can work for all the above? Can other medications be administered while giving the antidote? "notice that the antidote will be given intravenously."


I bet you'll read that and think "woah! what a twisted mind does this person have?!" LOL! But that's how my brain works when it comes to show my characters some pain so! *shrugs*

I tried googling "poisoned bullets," "poisoning by gunshot," and "types of poisons can be put in bullets," also I read some of the posts under the poisoning tag here, but all I could get were bits and pieces of what I actually need.

I appreciate any help I can get, thank you very much! :)
Tags: 1990-1999, uk: health care and hospitals, writing, ~medicine: coma, ~medicine: drugs, ~medicine: epilepsy/seizures (misc), ~medicine: illnesses to order, ~medicine: injuries to order, ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds, ~medicine: poisoning

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