Okay so my characters hand gets cut off in a sword fight and I wanted to know if it was possible for my character to stay concious and in action for at least 15 minutes after that if she injects herself with some kind of medicine(which one?I was hoping you could help me.. I guessed morphine but I don't know if that works because it needs to be something that stops the blood for a bit right?)Sorry if my English is bad,it's not my first lenguage and thank you for taking time to answer if possible
Hey there nonny!
First, the only way your character will survive this is with a tourniquet, applied quickly. Medications won’t help; what they need is to stop the bleeding.
I think this series of posts would benefit you greatly:
Generally speaking, your character’s stamina after their amputation is going to be limited by two things: how much blood they’ve lost, their overall stamina for a fight that long, and how their pain tolerance is.
Theoretically they could continue to fight for a significant battle after their wound, if the tourniquet was applied quickly (ie, not much blood was lost), but they’ll be in significant amounts of pain from both the wound and from the tourniquet.
It’s a rumor that a number of US warfighters, particularly Special Forces types, actually go into combat with tourniquets loosely pre-applied to each extremity, so that if they get shot they can simply tighten it up and keep fighting. Having never fought with special forces, I can’t confirm it, but it’s something I’ve heard from several sources, a few of whom were ex-military. (It’s also a personal choice thing, not part of the uniform.)
Good luck with your story!