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    An_267716 posted:
    about two weeks ago i was intending on taking my own life. i slit my vien leading to my wrist, starting at the lwer middle end of my arm. I made it about 2 inches before gathering enough hope to apply pressure and dress the wound accordingly.

    After day 1. i dressed the wound after bleeding had stopped. kept it dressed for 3 days before changing bandages. I dressed again, kepts for two days. The second dressing had no blood. the 3rd dressing had no blood either, which i kept for 7 days and just removed tonight.

    The wound itself itches like hell all day long. will this ever stop? or is it something i have to look forward to for a while.

    all thats left is really a scabbed line, mostly pinkish red. with hard skin and blood notches.

    Its small, considering i used a sharp blade.

    1. itching, how long? normal? abnormal?
    2. will pushing, pulling objects get easier with time, or is the pain associated a continuing factor? how long till i regain full use of my arm and hand?
    3. when can i stop dressing the wound and leave it be.
    4. will the line always be there, or will it dissapear? will i ever be able to roll up my sleeves in public again? or is it going to be a noticeable scar the rest of my life?
     
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    An_254311 responded:
    1. Itching , normal. What to watch for is hard red areas around the wound that keep increasing in size, red streaks that travel up your arm. Puss fill drainage.

    2. Depends on how badly the muscles/nerves got injured. You might loose normal function/range of motion of arm/hand.

    3. can leave open to the air when scabbed/no longer draining.

    4. Scars will be bright red at first then slowly fade over time to white. It will be with you for life.


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