elvendork64 (elvendork64) wrote in little_details,

Bullet wound + delayed treatment causing crippled leg, treatment for injuries & PTSD.

Setting: Essentially the same as modern-day American for these intents and purposes.
Previous research: A lot of google-fu, most of it a while ago, which didn't have much information as specific as I wanted on the leg injury. Then I read a these posts on similar topics, which were very helpful. Searched quite a lot on google about "hospitals critical care," "post-surgery care," "trauma immediate care," etc but wasn't really quite sure how else to go about that that, it's hard to get specifics. I read a fair amount about treatment of PTSD, but again, most of it was fairly general.

So I've got a couple injury/medical questions related questions.
I wanted an injury that would cause my character to have a permanent limp, and have to walk with a crutch or cane for at least a couple years, if not longer. He was fighting in a war, and then held as a POW, and the situation I eventually came up with was that he was shot in the leg such that the bone was broken, (I've been imagining the femur, above the knee) and the wound was then left essentially untreated and healed badly. It would've been without treatment between 1-4 months (it's flexible) and he would have been in pretty bad general condition during and before that time. (Underfed, other less serious injuries.) The story begins with him around the time that he is returning home, where he does finally receive treatment.
So, first of all I wanted the check up on whether this sounds wildly unrealistic. Then secondly I was hoping to get some more info on the effects of delayed treatment, and then maybe some details about what treatment for that would look like once he's getting it, especially immediately, but also long term.
Aaand, then the other related question I had was about treatment for PTSD. I've found lots of articles about PTSD itself, but I'm wondering if in a situation like this it would be something immediately addressed at the hospital, or would doctors/psychiatrist wait until physical injuries were cleared up? (This is set in an alternate world, so I can take liberties, but it would be good to have a baseline to go off.) Also, what advice might family/close friends of the character be given for dealing with his PTSD? (I.e., would someone be told to encourage him to talk about it, or just let him be? etc.)

Thanks so much!
Tags: ~medicine: injuries to order, ~medicine: injuries: broken bones, ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds, ~psychology & psychiatry: ptsd

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