I didn't have much of an option for a proper tourniquet, and I'm not crazy about seeing (my) blood so I was too out of it to think properly. I tried to leave it on for a short amount of time. You are right though, It could have made matters worse!
So in other words, others should know that tourniquets should not be made of string or elastic, they should have a bigger coverage area as to not "pinch" and destroy your nerves/circulation etc. The damage can be permanent and may even cause you to have your finger amputated.
I misjudged the severity of my wound, I thought it would have clotted faster. Unfortunately it didn't - so my adrenaline grew which caused me to make a foolish decision which could have been disastrous! I could have ripped a shirt at least.
I applied pressure as much as I could, but I felt "weak" to the point I couldn't really keep at it. This is common. When you get a "needle" the nurse/doctor will have you stay in the clinic for 20 minutes before you are able to leave (or drive a vehicle). Loss of blood confuses your system and it may cause you to faint so that your body can go into "restore/fix" mode.
My finger has a strange shape to it lol. Kind of like what it would look like swollen, but it's not swollen anymore...OH WELL, got plenty of fingers to go around!
I'm gonna upload pictures as soon as I receive them in my email from my cell.
Looks a bit better!