Regarding question one, I was within my max days of hayd.
But I’m just confused about what I saw.
Like I said, when I wiped it felt pretty dry and all I saw was that my tissue paper looked slightly damp. Can I assume that this came from the dampness that is ordinarily inside my private area?
Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
Yes, it will be from the normal dampness. Therefore, you will be pure and should continue with your Salah etc.