Night Terror Condition in Ealdwyll | World Anvil

Night Terror

Night terror is a condition caused by ingesting a large amount of nightrose tea. Nightrose tea is notorious for being a cheap birth control option for ghynzuan woman. The dosing of this traditional medicine is not always that straightforward though.
 

Nightrose Tea

Especially for those woman living in more remote area's nightrose tea can be much easier to obtain than the official birth control medicine provided by the ghynzuan government. Nightrose can often be found growing in fields or even gardens. The beautiful flowers are used to decorate homes and can even retain their nightly glow for several days after they have been cut. Leaves are used to make tea. Overconsumption can however result in a condition called night terror.
Type
Chemical Compound
Origin
Natural
Cycle
Short-term
Rarity
Uncommon

Symptoms

Mild to severe Symptoms

Prevention of pregnancy

When consumed in small amounts nightrose tea prevents a woman from becoming pregnant. The correct amount is one cup of nightrose tea every four days. The cup of tea is made with only one fresh medium leaf from the nightrose plant. Dried leaves (used during the winter months) are less potent and so more must be used to make the tea. This is where things sometimes go wrong. How big is a medium leaf? And how much should one use when using dried leaves since they are less potent.
 

Nausea & Vomiting

Nausea and/or dryness in the mouth is an unwanted side effect that some woman experience even without overconsuming nightrose tea. The onset of a night terror however can also come with nausea and even excessive vomiting. There is a very real risk here for the patient to become severely dehydrated. It is vital that the fluid intake of these patients is closely monitored. In some cases this will happen in a clinic.

Night Terror symptoms

The onset of these symptoms usually occur during the nighttime. Once someone goes into night terror the symptoms can last up to four days.
 

Anxiety & Confusion

The first sign of night terror often presents itself in the form of a headache and dizziness. This rapidly turns into confusion and severe anxiety.
 

Delirium

The second stage of night terror brings delirium, fear and hallucinations. Woman lose all sense of reality and sometimes can even become paralyzed.
 

Death

Rare. Usually a result from the night terror becoming so severe that the woman's heart stops working. Whether this is due to paralysis or from sheer terror is not always obvious. Death has also been reported when children or animals accidentally eat the nightrose leaves.
 

Treatment

There is no cure for night terror. That being said however there are ways to lessen the severity of the symptoms. Otherwise all that can be done is wait for the symptoms to pass. Family members will need to keep a close eye on the patient and make sure she does not dehydrate or hurts herself. In severe cases patients must be monitored in a clinic if available.
 

abstinence

The most obvious and vital treatment is to stop consuming nightrose tea. This does not mean however that symptoms will immediately go away. They can still last up to four days if the consumption of the tea is stopped.

Herbal infusions

Some herbs can be used to lessen nausea. This can also help when patients suffer excessive vomiting which can result into dehydration. Herbal infusions are also used to help battle the often times severe anxiety. This can sometimes also lessen the amount of halucinations.
 

Fluids

During an episode of night terror it is often impossible to get food into the patient. It is however necessary to make sure they have a good intake of fluids. This can be herbal infusions, tea, soup, water or even rice-water.


Comments

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Jul 6, 2020 10:57

Nice work! I can totally see how this could be I enjoyed this read!

Jul 6, 2020 11:03 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you very much. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Jul 6, 2020 23:57 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Really great condition. I can see how the benefits of birth control could outweight the risks of night terror. Maybe someone needs to work out a correct weight for the leaves rather than being vague about it, though!

Jul 7, 2020 07:36 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Hmmm, good point about the weight. I'll need to think about one. Thanks for your comment! :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Jul 7, 2020 23:38 by R. Dylon Elder

I love this one. I love how it's so much more mundane. Its isn't magical, just too much tea. Ooof and the side effects. It seems like you drew inspiration from several sources regarding the dangers and the practical use for birth control. Well done

Jul 8, 2020 01:14 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you. I pulled some inspiration from a wikipedia article with a list of poisonous plants. Once I had settled on the name night terror I picked the symptoms that seemed most suitable for the name.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.