Keldoclock wrote:Generally when there is blunt trauma, there's all sorts of nasty hemorrhaging and disgusting crap that accumulates inside the newly-torn body cavities, and the pressure from that can sometimes lead to further injury (if something is keeping it all in, like, say, a skull) or just extreme discomfort and a long healing process that is susceptible to infection.
This is referred to as Compartment Syndrome! Basically, since I tore my femoral artery as well, my body decided that my leg was a lost cause and swelled up to cut off the bloodflow. The good news is that I didn't lose as much blood (even though I still lost a whopping 3 liters of it) as I probably would have if the leg hadn't swollen up, but the bad news is that I definitely would have lost my leg if they didn't slice me open and slap a wound-vac on me. Apparently, if this had happened to me a mere 10 years ago, I would have lost my leg for sure. And if it hadn't been for the ambulance showing up as fast as it did (seriously, it was about one minute), I prooooobably would have died.