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One of my MC’s dies from getting stabbed through the heart and I would like to know how long it’d take him to die/how much blood there would be considering the location of the wound?

Instantly, and, possibly none at all.  The thing about penetrating trauma to the heart is that often, the bleeding is ALL internal. I have seen perfectly “clean” punctures to the heart that were bloodless on the outside and absolutely fatal, and I’ve seen it more than once. Both were stabbings.  Good luck with your story!  xoxo, …

I think I missed what “NaNo Questions” are – could you maybe explain again? ;n;

Sure! November is National Novel Writing Month, where thousands and billions and like… at least a dozen writers try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. (I seem to be failing at this substantially.)  Because a lot of these novels are seat-of-the-pants affairs (written by “pantsers”), they might not know exactly what …

Exactly how much could a large mylar balloon substitute as an airbag? A car is rear ended and then goes up the pavement crashing into a pole on the driver’s front side. The front passenger has no airbag (older car) but is holding the balloon. It’s for nano as well.

I’m gonna say “not so helpful.”  The thing about airbags is that they’re anchored in place. The mylar balloon is going to move around when your character hits it, rather than simply stay where it is and get smooshed. Also, I really, really want to not be in that car if that balloon pops.  However, just …

I have a NaNo Prep question about close-range blast trauma! Scenario: The small explosive is hidden on a relatively small boat (a gondola) and detonates with two people inside. It’s important that both characters survive the blast without mutilation. Questions: What would happen right after the bomb detonates? Would them being in the middle of the water influence the event? is it even plausible that they’d escape without serious wounds if they were so close to the blast? Thanks much!

Hey there @studiozealot. Thanks for your ask!  I’m going to suggest you change your story event in some way, and I’m going to tell you why.  Even if it’s technically possible for two people to be that close to an explosion and not suffer any wounds – it may be, but it would have to …

For NaNoWriMo! Hi, first thank you so much for all you do with this blog. My question: in the USA are gonadotropins easy to obtain or are they regulated? Could some combination of over the counter meds be used to facilitate pregnancy?

Hey there!  Short answer: gonadotropins (i.e. fertility meds) are regulated and are only available by prescription….. technically.  However, there are two routes your characters could use to get ahold of them: they can either order them from a country with shady laws (basically the equivalent of getting your VPN from the Seychelles, for example; there …

My story is most defnitely sci-fi and includes aliens. However, I have to ask for a human doctor response. So, the alien race has really deep and tiny blood vessels. You want to take a blood sample but you can’t see any veins. What would you do in an attempt to find a vein? I know some humans have hard to find veins, my story will augment that with doctors increasingly perplexed. Would eventually you do a CT scan to look for blood vessels? (For Nano here)

Hey there nonny!  ….this ask doesn’t state it, but I’m going to assume that this person just straight-up looks like a human, except they have no real veins to speak of? And the human doc is trying to get blood in the normal, IV, vein-pokey way?  There’s kind of a sequence of events that healthcare …

For nano: My character is an elderly man who falls in his (heated) garage. He’s found hours later by a volunteer firefighter who has some EMS training, but is alone & has no gear. The elderly man has pain in his hip (suspect broken). What is my firefighter’s course of action (after calling for backup)? What do the medics do when they get there? Does the elderly man’s hip have to be broken, or could the pain just be a bad bruise or something else?

Hey there! Thanks for your ask.  Last question first: the hip could be broken, bruised, dislocated, …. It really depends on what you want from the injury. A bruise is going to be the fastest to heal. A fracture might take months to heal.  As for what the volunteer firefighter will do…. they’re going to …

(1/2) I cant find an answer anywhere on the internet, hopefully u can help. MC ends up going into labor during a blizzard and gives birth alone in a cave (never fear the queen’s guard finds them before they can freeze to death). The queen is passed out from exhaustion so cant help the guard “clean up the mess” who has no idea what to do w a fresh out the womb infant. the guard ends up having to cut the cord in order to dry and cover the baby up before it succumbs to the cold. The question: TBC

(2/2) …hope u can answer is this: bc the guard had no idea wtf he was supposed to do, he didnt tie or pinch the umbilical cord before/after cutting the umbilical cord. Would this harm the mother and/or baby? What would happen? (I forgot to say in the 1st part this is a nano q …

For NaNo: My character is attacked by a leopard and gets three claw scars on his face, crossing over his right eye. Will he lose the ability to use that eye, or should I change the placement of the scars?

Hey there nonny!  As with all things, I basically have to give the lawyer’s answer: It Depends.  Significant trauma to the eyelid can cause trauma to the eye (if the eyelid is perforated) and rupture the eyeball, which would likely cause loss of the eye or of most vision.  But even if it doesn’t perforate …