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I Stabed Myself With Pencel
See a DOCTOR!: In general, stab wounds need evaluation and treatment by a physician. If you can't get to a doctor immediately, or at least on the way there, apply direct pressure to the wound to control bleeding. Don't try to remove the weapon if it's stuck. If you can't walk or have no one to help you, call 911 immediately. The sooner you reach treatment the better! ...Read more
Common Pathway: When our bodies sustain any injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Stab wound depth and location is the key. Injury to intestines need surgery whereas skin/muscle may need simpler care. Infection is biggest concern. ...Read more
If I know that I'm going to be stabbed and can't avoid it, what is the best way to take it? Hypothetically, this is for a story.
Into the stab-proof: Take it in the stab-proof vest, unless you're not wearing one. Otherwise, into the thick wallet in the left front jeans pocket, or into the iPhone in the right front jeans pocket, or into the little Bible in the left front shirt pocket, ... or into that 4-inch wide rodeo belt buckle. Other than that, you're doomed. ...Read more
I snapped my back back farther than it is supposed to go 3 weeks ago. Now when I try to bend backwards I feel like I am being stabbed with a knife?
Be seen: It sounds like you have an acute back strain. Be seen for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
Sometimes I get a realy intense sharp (stab like) pain in the side of my back and it goes away after some streching out. Could it be anything serious?
I wouldn't ---: I am knowledge about treating stab wounds but I know that the outcome can be bad when we seek to treat our own trauma wounds. A physician can probe depth of wound, debride if needed, prescribe antibiotics if indicated, provide a tetanus shot, and suture. Can you do all those things for yourself? What will you do if the wound becomes infected or bleeds? ...Read more
When was your: Last tetanus shot? If it has been more than 10 years or you don't know - get another tetanus shot. Has any pencil lead broken off into your skin that needs to be removed? The area needs to be well cleaned. It can be covered with a clean bandage. For signs of infection - redness, swelling, ^'ed pain, purulent drainage, heat, red streaks or fever - seek medical care asap. Take care. ...Read more
WHy plants?: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
See your doctor: Although pencils no longer have lead in them, a pencil wound can cause an infection and should be seen and treated by a doctor. You also need a tetanus booster if you haven't had one in the past 5 years. ...Read more
Actual aorta - very unlikely. If you are having
thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more
Variable: It depends where it is. How deep it is. Whether it was infected. Any healing wound is as strong as it will be in 30 days. The wound remodels itself over an 18 month period. It does not completely heal fir 18 months ...Read more
Lateral thigh: Shoot for the mid-thigh halfway between the hip and the knee. Target the beefiest part of the muscle because it has the greatest blood supply. The idea is for the bloodstream to carry the Epinephrine to the heart & lungs. The thigh is thought to be a better location than the deltoid (upper arm) or buttocks. Make sure to place the orange end against the skin. Press. Count to 10. Now dial 911. ...Read more
There isn't one: Correct answer for this. There can be a great deal of variability in how much pain a woman experiences during childbirth. The pain from being stabbed can also differ depending on the person's pain threshold, what the person is stabbed with (sharp vs dull), depth of stab wound, location etc. ...Read more
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