Spitfire Squirrel (razornightngale) wrote in little_details,
Spitfire Squirrel
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Questions about collapsed lung and silk

I mostly want to know if this is plausible, though I do have a few questions too.

Okay, I have a character that is shot in the chest with an arrow. It enters the sidea little bit under the armpit; it does go through the ribs but does not puncture the lung. But it does go into the lung cavity so when the arrow is removed the lung collapses because of air pressure. To stop the bleeding and to keep more air from getting into the cavity hot tar is used to quickly seal and cauterized the wound. The hot tar is the part that I’m not sure is possible.

Other than having trouble breathing and pain would there be any other symptoms while she recovers? Would her collapsed lung refill all at once or would this be a slow process? Is there an estimated time for her to make a full recovery, or even how long it would take for her to be up and moving?

Also this is slightly related, is the myth true that “silk is so tough that it [can] actually used as very light armor, although its special use (the big secret) was to stop arrow penetration into the body. The silk would stop an arrow from penetrating far enough into the body to be lethal; and the arrow could then be pulled out of the wound by tugging on the unbroken silk. The added advantage to this is that there would be no contact between the arrowhead and the interior of the body; thus it reduces the incidence of infected wounds.” (Quoted from Wiki).

Sorry if I’m asking too many questions, and thanks in advance.
Tags: ~clothing, ~medicine: injuries to order, ~weapons (misc)
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