I’m sorry to everyone still waiting for their prompts. I am working on them right now. Last week and the week before I’ve been swamped at work and then family drama happened at home which… is never pleasant. It’s been frustrating not being able to write as much as I want to but hopefully things look up this week :)
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
If this is not the perfect distillation of what it means to be a political artist, a conscious artist, a counter-culture artist, an agent of change, then I do not know what is. Anger is so often shunned because we are either scared or made to feel ashamed of it, or led to believe it is illegal. It is not. Anger is a fundamental, universal human right. Anger is powerful, anger is beautiful, anger is real. As Dr. Angelou says, it is bitterness that is dangerous, it is bitterness that leads to cynicism and wrath. Anger is altogether something different. It is a shout against injustice, it is an expression of courage. It is, when couched within civility, the greatest agent of change in human history. It is our voices at their most naked and honest.
So, pretty frequently writers screw up when they write about injuries. People are clonked over the head, pass out for hours, and wake up with just a headache… Eragon breaks his wrist and it’s just fine within days… Wounds heal with nary a scar, ever…
I’m aiming to fix that.
Here are over 100 links covering just about every facet of traumatic injuries (physical, psychological, long-term), focusing mainly on burns, concussions, fractures, and lacerations. Now you can beat up your characters properly!
PubMed: The source for biomedical literature
General overview: Includes degrees
Burn severity: Including how to estimate body area affected
Incisions and Lacerations
Essentials of skin laceration repair (including stitching techniques)
When to stitch (Journal article—Doctors apparently usually go by experience on this)
More about when to stitch (Simple guide for moms)
Incision vs. laceration: Most of the time (including in medical literature) they’re used synonymously, but eh.
Types of lacerations: Page has links to some particularly graphic images—beware!
Puncture wounds: Including a bit about what sort of wounds are most likely to become infected
Wound assessment: A huge amount of information, including what the color of the flesh indicates, different kinds of things that ooze from a wound, and so much more.
Tourniquet use: Controversy around it, latest research
Location pain chart: Originally intended for tattoo pain, but pretty accurate for cuts
General note: Deeper=more serious. Elevate wounded limb so that gravity draws blood towards heart. Scalp wounds also bleed a lot but tend to be superficial. If it’s dirty, risk infection. If it hits the digestive system and you don’t die immediately, infection’ll probably kill you. Don’t forget the possibility of tetanus! If a wound is positioned such that movement would cause the wound to gape open (i.e. horizontally across the knee) it’s harder to keep it closed and may take longer for it to heal.
Setting a broken bone when no doctor is available
General notes: If it’s a compound fracture (bone poking through) good luck fixing it on your own. If the bone is in multiple pieces, surgery is necessary to fix it—probably can’t reduce (“set”) it from the outside. Older people heal more slowly. It’s possible for bones to “heal” crooked and cause long-term problems and joint pain. Consider damage to nearby nerves, muscle, and blood vessels.
Mild Brain Injuries: The next step up from most severe type of concussion, Grade 3
Second impact syndrome: When a second blow delivered before recovering from the initial concussion has catastrophic effects. Apparently rare.
Symptoms: Scroll about halfway down the page for the most severe symptoms
General notes: If you pass out, even for a few seconds, it’s serious. If you have multiple concussions over a lifetime, they will be progressively more serious. Symptoms can linger for a long time.
Snake bites: No, you don’t suck the venom out or apply tourniquettes
When frostbite sets in: A handy chart for how long your characters have outside at various temperatures and wind speeds before they get frostbitten
Poisons: Why inducing vomiting is a bad idea
Dislocations: Symptoms 1, 2; treatment. General notes: Repeated dislocations of same joint may lead to permanent tissue damage and may cause or be symptomatic of weakened ligaments. Docs recommend against trying to reduce (put back) dislocated joint on your own, though information about how to do it is easily found online.
Current CPR practices: We don’t do mouth-to-mouth anymore.
The DSM IV, for all your mental illness needs.
Human response to electrical shock: Includes handy-dandy voltage chart
Acquired savant syndrome: Brain injuries (including a lightning strike) triggering development of amazing artistic and other abilities
Please don’t repost! You can find the original document (also created by me) here.
Not technically about Steve, but you know.
Imagine after Bucky joins the Avengers the guys are telling him about all the missions they’ve gone on and they’re casually mentioning all the times Steve’s almost killed himself and Bucky keeps glaring at him like,
"you jumped out of a plane? With no parachute?”
"you crashed your plane in the middle of the ocean?”
"you were going to fight a GOD?!"
and the rest of the avengers just have to sit there listening to Bucky shouting at Steve, for like an hour.
This is for lockjohn-up-in-221b who wanted piratelock. I hope you like it!
- Sherlock/John – Watson and Redbeard
“Now remember, we want to round up all the ladies on the ship and murder the men. Take any valuables you can find. Jewels, gold, silver…” Captain Wilkes narrows his eyes at his first mate. God knows why he ever let a man like Sherlock Holmes be his first mate in the first place. Sorcery likely. But Holmes has his uses and Wilkes hates that he needs him.
The rest of the crew save for Anderson’s mistress Donovan, who he indulges as a lady pirate for Anderson’s sake, are listening raptly to his every word but Holmes I leaning against the wall, arms crossed, throwing darts at the little skull on the mantelpiece.
“Are you listening, Holmes?” Wilkes snaps.
madamegoethe said: holy shit, seriously?! WOW! um...I'd love some teacher/student AU with John and Sherlock-either way round. That would be friggin fantastic! If that is a no can-do, then...potterlock? *puppy eyes* <3
Aw thank you so much for the prompts!! I chose teacher/student AU. I hope you like it! Sorry it’s late <3
- Sherlock/John – Chalk for Skulls
“So you must be the new bloke,” a woman says behind him.
John tenses, tries not to think of watchout-behindyou-gun-shoot before he forces himself to smile. He’s not sure if he even knows how to anymore. Harry says he looks like he’s walking on broken glass, trying to smile in the pain.
There’s a very pretty woman behind him with curly brown hair and cinnamon skin. Her hand is outstretched to him and John stares at it for a moment before leaning on his cane and shaking it.
“Yeah, I’m the new teacher. English literature if you wouldn’t believe.”
“Really?” she replies, “Weren’t you ex-military? A doctor or something?”
mintyblog said: Johnlock AU: teenage Sherlock and John meet at the ice rink where they both have daily practice- John as a hockey player and Sherlock as a figure skater.
Thank you so much for the prompt!! HUGS. Sorry it’s late! I have no real knowledge of either sport but I hope you like what I wrote anyways : )
- Sherlock/John - Lifts in Red
Note: I have no knowledge of leg breaks or leg injuries or anything medical related. This is completely made-up and I don’t know if it could actually happen or not
“Your leg’s going to heal but you won’t be able to play hockey again. The bone fracture was too serious. You’ll have a limp and severe, possibly chronic, pain from now on,” Doctor Thompson tells him and John just stares at the medical chart on the wall. Eat healthy kids and you’ll avoid heart disease! Drink milk and grow strong bones! Funny. John loves milk. Especially with his biscuits.
(Didn’t help him much.)
“It’s alright dear,” Mum tells him later in the car, “at least you’re alright.”
John doesn’t let the stinging warmth behind his eyes leave until he’s up in his room.