pacemakers

anonymous asked:

Hi Tilly! I know you're on holiday at the moment (lucky you!) but I was just wondering if you had read Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas because if not I highly highly highly recommend it!

HI!!!! I haven’t read it but…I’ve heard about it and it’s on my TBR for sure! 

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine. 

tony had his chest mutilated in a cave while awake like honestly that alone will justifiably fuck you up

then he walks out of that one with a metal tube in his chest that’s deep and wide enough to fit pepper’s fist. proceeds to spend THREE MONTHS working at gunpoint while convinced that his captors had no plans to let him go alive. he was waterboarded. watched yinsen be psychologically tortured and die. then he walked in the desert for god knows how long

came back home to find out that his surrogate father paid terrorists to have him killed and double-dealt weapons whose death toll tony now blames himself for. that same man physically paralyzes tony and talks to him and makes him WATCH as tony’s pacemaker – the one keeping his heart beating and covering the hole that was carved in his chest against his will while he was still conscious – is forcibly removed

and that is movie O N E. completely disregarding all the other “lesser” but still near-death battle moments in that same movie that do fulfill the clinical definition of trauma. and let’s not even touch the childhood issues always looming in the background. i mean cap 3 established that before all this shit happened, tony ALREADY had severe grief-processing issues

like. in what universe can the whole “tony Hasn’t Had It Bad Enough” argument possibly gain traction with this character lmao? for starters, that’s a shitty ableist argument that shouldn’t gain traction ANYWHERE, but it’s also like. entirely and irrevocably unreasonable when it comes to tony because if trauma could indeed be weighed on a balance then like… tony’s Trauma Weight ™ is still so fucking off the charts that the charts themselves become sentient just to laugh bitterly at how off them tony’s Trauma Weight ™ is

Even before ‘Love Me Do’ came out, Brian was saying that the Beatles would be bigger than Elvis. When he first played me the acetate of ‘Love Me Do’, he said that the Beatles would become a legend. I don’t believe he had the evidence at that time but he was absolutely right. He sensed that John and Paul had a songwriting talent that was far beyond anyone else’s, and he also felt that Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer would become important acts.
—  Brian Epstein’s younger brother, Clive (Love Me Do to Love Me Don’t: Beatles on Record by Spencer Leigh [2016])
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Darth Vader’s skeleton.

I’ve never heard anyone explain how this was done. Maybe it was simple animation, like the lightsaber effects. Or maybe there’s a day-glo wire Vader skeleton somewhere in the Lucasfilm archives.

What’s interesting here is that, although George Lucas usually stuck to the lava/volcano story when discussing Darth’s injuries, these augmentations suggest his bones were mangled somehow. This would match another story Lucas told some people—that Ben Kenobi kicked his wayward pupil down a nuclear reactor of some kind, which mutated him beyond recognition.

Whatever the animator was told, it seems Vader’s neck and spine have been reinforced, and his collarbone and/or shoulder blades completely replaced along with his arms. Two fang-like supports seem to be attached just above his sternum. And in profile shots, a small, pacemaker-like box is seen just above his heart. As such, if the volcano story is accurate, as Return of the Jedi’s novelization suggests, Ben Kenobi didn’t just leave Vader to die—he cut off both of the Dark Lord’s arms at the shoulder, then pushed or kicked him down a cliff above the lava, breaking most of Vader’s remaining bones in the process, paralyzing him from the neck down.

coriander-sunset  asked:

One of the characters in my story gets his heart stopped for about 1-3 seconds. It's done by magic, but it's as if it just stopped beating naturally (like if the pacemaker stopped sending out signals or something). None of the heart tissue is actually damaged. What would happen to his body during those seconds? He's a sixteen year old male in good physical condition, if that matters.

Stopping hearts is totally a normal thing we do for a living in emergency medicine.

Nope. Not kidding. We do this with a medication called adenosine. It gives what’s politely termed a “sinus pause” for about 6-20 seconds. We use it to basically give a certain kind of arrhythmia (SVT) a time-out and wait for the heart to pick back up in a “normal” rhythm. (You can learn more about SVT, and actually see a strip of EKG with some adenosine added, here).

Now, patients absolutely HATE adenosine. They feel like they’re going to die, they can get tight in their chest. I had a patient tell me, “I feel like I have a tornado in my chest”. But it all goes away in less than half a minute.

So if you want, you can a) extend the time his heart stops to closer to 6-20 seconds, for more Drama™, and also give him sensations like that.

Oh, and he should probably be sitting down, or else fall down, when it happens.

I hope this was helpy!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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Actual things said to me by health care professionals while working as a healthcare professional

You can’t be in pain, you laughed at someone’s joke.

You were fine yesterday, you must be faking.

Migraines and asthma attacks are 100% preventable. You only get them because you want to cause drama.

During an asthma attack: I can hear you wheezing when you breathe. Stop being so dramatic. 

About being incapacitated by a migraine: We handle our little headaches like adults here. 

You need to stop it with the health problems. It worries people, and that disrupts their work flow. 

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The Day The Beatles Played in a Front Room in Lancashire

Pics - The Beatles at Morecambe’s Floral Hall Ballroom, on the 18th January, 1963. Neil Aspinall was unwell with the flu on this day, so Les Hurst, Gerry and the Pacemakers’ roadie, stood in for him.

Pete [Morris] recalls a unique performance by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the home of David John ‘Miffy’ Smith in Deepdale [Lancashire] in January 1963, when the pair made an unscheduled visit after a gig at Morecambe’s Floral Hall. Pete says: “A group called the Thunderbeats supported The Beatles. The Thunderbeats’ van’s lights stopped working and Paul suggested that they follow close behind him and Ringo on the way back to Preston.

“This done, Paul and Ringo stopped off at Miffy’s house in Skeffington Road for a fry-up. My brother ended up at Miffy’s too. After the meal, Paul got on the old upright piano, with Ringo banging rhythms out on an old armchair. They played about for hours. “My brother remembers Paul playing loads of rock n roll, and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, which seemed to be a new song he was still working on.”
[Pete Morris, The Lancashire Evening Post, 3rd Nov 2016]

Previously: Preston, Lancashire