Month: October 2017

Hey there, I’ve got a case of break-it/bought-it that I’m trying to make more realistic with case studies. I’ve got a Frankenstein-Esque character so I’m looking for something like a machined heart that is being restarted (maybe a real case of defibing a flat line?) or having multiple hearts. If there is a particular resource you use that you could point me in the direction of instead, that would also be appreciated. Thank you! Good luck on nano wrimo!

Hey there nonny! Good luck to you as well!  There are cases of two hearts being transplanted into the same person (google The Man With Two Hearts or similar), or rather, adding a second heart to the original (failing) heart.  There are all kinds of machines that can assist or restore circulation; look into LVADs …

For NaNo prep!! I know historical medicine isn’t your forte, but I can’t find any info at ALL. It’s 1890. Person A puts laudanum in B’s drink not intending to kill B, but overdoes it and B ends up ODing (possibly passing out?) Person C is also there and has been around morphine addicts and seen ODs. Is there anything C could do to help/monitor B to make sure she doesn’t go into respiratory arrest and/or die? I know there’s no naloxone, but is there anything else to do? B must survive.

Hey there nonny,  You’re right, this isn’t in my wheelhouse, but I’ll take a stab in the dark. It’s perfectly possible for the laudanum to simply knock B out for several (8-12) hours. Laudanum is a much less potent opioid than heroin, morphine, or fentanyl, and it’s being ingested rather than injected. I would say …

I’ve been planning nanowrimo too. So my story is going to have a baseball pitcher who got a nail shot through his palm. He can’t play anymore, but how about adapting to daily life? Is it more likely to be quite awkward and can’t even bend some fingers because of permanent nerve damage, or more normal but unable to sew and the occasional trouble?

Hey there nonny,  I’m actually not sure a nail through the palm is a career-ending injury for a baseball pitcher. (If his career is over because of another injury, that’s fine.)  Nerve damage is possible but not guaranteed; it’s more likely if the nail went through or next to the bone.  People who’ve had nails …

Do you know if the Los Angeles area’s EMS are “fire-based” service or some other kind e.g. volunteer or hospital-aligned? I didn’t even think to wonder until going through your archive for something else “Paramedic” tonight and finding out there’s a difference! But it has Relevance and this literally manages to apply to BOTH of my NaNo projects this year (including a minor character who’s a paramedic and pops up in both), so it’s a two-fer, heh. (PS: Hope you’re feeling better, Aunty!)

I’ve never worked in Los Angeles, so there’s that, though I had a few conversations some years ago with people who did. But my understanding is this:  –LA Fire responds to medical emergencies alongside ambulances. All LAFD firefighters are certified as EMTs, and some are certified as paramedics; they can intervene while waiting for or …