A S I C D R A G O N H E A L I N G
& I N J U R I E S
Sprains, stretched tendons, wretched fingertip: -rest injury, immoblilize (ie: wrap etc), may soak for inflamation -analgesics for pain and inflamation (if really needed- usually avoid drugs with dragons). Dragon cannot fly if hindleg or wing involved.
Clean with redwort and allow to heal in the open air. May need to suture deep ones Numbweed acts as a clotting agent as well as keeping area moist to encourage good healing.
Limbs: Check bone's position, move into place if needed. Align endgs then place splints at 90 degree angles to each other and wrap snugly with bandages. Dragons will heal fast. Keep off injury
Wings: -Follow same proceedure as with limb fractures with the wingbones. It is hard to wrap with bandages though. Bad fractures (anything needing alignment) you may place reeds parallel to the fractured bone and sew into place like with Threadscore. -Sterilize thread and needles with redwort.
Common Wing Injuries:
Fragmented Leading Edge: The cartiledge of the leading edge is torn, stretched, bent.
Wrenched Finger Tip: The
Wrenched Finger Tip: The forestay tip is broken, or bent back from the joint above.
Stretched Tendon: Tendons around anyone of the bones stretched, mishaping the sails.
Tattered Mainsail: The wing itself torn or broken through.
Thorax and hip: -It is very hard to splint the thoracic bone (dragons only have one bone here. This is their equivalent of the ribcage and sternum). Bandage entire cavity snugly and keep dragon calm. Check for damage to internal organs and movement of bone fragment. Dragon cannot hunt/fly or move around much and must remain in the infirm weyr.
Compound Breaks: -This is when
the broken bone breaks through the hide. There will be bleeding and additional
damage. -Clean injured area with redwort as you inspect the damage. -Align
bone edges and lock into place. You may have to internally splint with
biodegradable substance (haven't figured out what to use here though, see
Moreta book.) -Suture the damaged muscles and veins from inside ot outside.
-Wrap the splint around the injured area (hopefully and external splint
is enough) -Check frequently for signs of infection and pour healing. Coat
injured area with numbweed 3-4 times a day until the hide is healed over.