Research, Research, Research.
A surprising amount of research goes into writing fiction. In a previous blog, I thanked my friends’ husbands (men, that if I’ve met them, I call my friends- that’s for you Larry!) for their support.
Elie went above and beyond this weekend. It was what I like to call “Take Your Favorite Novelist To Work Day” for him on Friday. I had a great time!
He is an anesthesiologist and my go to for all medical questions (What happens if you’re injected with epinephrine and you’re not in anaphylactic shock? How is a certain medical condition treated? There are more but it’d give away future plots!) Fortunately, he doesn’t tell his wife, my dear friend and #1 supporter of The Nathan Miccoli Series, what my questions are. No spoilers! (Of course, it could be, in typical man fashion, because he doesn’t remember them). Sadly, I haven’t convinced him to read my books…yet:)
After a recent round of questions, he said I should just come to work with him. I jumped at the chance. Elie and his coworkers were so nice to me. I learned so much and picked up a lot of “shop talk”.
As a student, I had been in operating rooms before. The difference this time is that no one grilled me with anatomical questions. Elie laughed when I told him how fast the time went, how much fun I had, and how I took a day’s vacation to spend the day.
I got to ask questions to other anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgeons. Thank you to all!
My next research trip? Not sure. But a friend thought he could arrange a visit with a fireman. I actually have questions for a future fire scene so that would be useful (and not just an excuse to spend a few hours with firemen:)