February 21st, 2017

Crush injury / nerve damage in knee and lower leg

Fandom: Hunger Games

Setting: snowy mountainous arena, sub-freezing temperatures, almost 50 years before the events of the HG series

Medicine: futuristic/sci-fi, though not quite as advanced as the time period of the series; even within the series they couldn't repair damaged nerves/tissue from a tourniquet, for example, which required amputating the limb.

Basically I've got a general idea of the injury I want, and I know what I want the lingering effects to be 20 years later. What I'm not so sure about is how to stitch the two together (pun intended).

Injury:
Character is a 15-year-old male tribute in the 27th Hunger Games. He gets swept up in an avalanche and only escapes plunging over the edge of a canyon because his left leg gets pinned between a small tree and a large rock / small boulder. His leg remains pinned at/just below the knee for maybe an hour(??) before he gets it free. After that it's maybe 3 to 5-ish more days in the arena before he has access to the high-tech medicine of the Capitol. (A couple days after the injury a fellow tribute with rudimentary medical knowledge does very briefly attempt some first aid, but she's almost immediately interrupted.)

20 years later:
Able to walk without any kind of crutch/cane/brace (he'd probably be better off with something like that, but he's too stubborn), but he's got a limp. There is permanent nerve damage and probably intermittent pain/tingling/numbness; he has good days and bad days. He generally favors the leg when walking and standing, and avoids running if at all possible, not that he's super athletic in the first place. Prolonged enough use of his leg will necessitate bed/chair-rest for a day or so.

<b>Questions for immediately after the injury occurs, before access to real medicine:</b>Collapse )

Any suggestions / feedback will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :)