Siyengo Soulari (siyengo) wrote in little_details,
Siyengo Soulari

Haemophilia, circa approximately 1916

I take so much from this community and am too clueless to ever give anything back. :D

I've searched haemophilia (I'm Australian - hence the spelling.) extensively on Google and Wikipedia and gone into the national association websites for just about every country under the sun. This is a slight exaggeration. However, these sites seem primarily occupied with the now, which I suppose is fair enough. I've also researched Queen Victoria's lineage and could be considered to be stalking Czarevich Alexei, but for the small problem of his being dead. Unfortunately, it only seems to be mentioned that they had haemophilia and then they died - there's no mention of how they actually lived with it, besides the hypnosis method, which isn't really an option here. *has researched self out of brain*

So I came to bother you paragons of the not-so-trivial. :D

I have a haemophiliac character - his mother was a carrier, his grandfather was affected, and his brother is a carrier as well. This is in an alternate world, which would be set in the equivalent of about 1916; it's not swords-and-sandals by any means, but the technology certainly isn't as advanced as it is now, and from what I've read the clotting agents used for haemophilia were only really developed in the 1980s. The world is post-industrial and this particular country, which could best be compared to France or Germany or somewhere like that, is in the middle of a century-old war against a superior opponent so materials of any sort aren't really very plentiful. (I'm sorry about my run-on sentences. I can't help it. D:)

They have magic, but magic and flesh are incompatible - flesh hates magic and people who try to charm themselves generally explode - so that doesn't work. The condition is basically the same as Earth, although men and women are equally susceptible to it, rather than it being a largely X-only disease like it is here.

Having waffled for long enough, my question is: How on earth do I get him to middle age (thirty nine in this case, although I can reduce that) without him somehow bleeding out and dropping dead? It would be easier if he were a royal or something like that - although that didn't help Leopold or Alexei - but unfortunately he's not. He can be as sedentary as required, but my main problem is that once the bleeding started, how did they make it stop? (they never seem to mention how they stopped the bleeding in the cases I read. In fact, pretty much the only mention they made at all was when they were referring to how easily the victims died, which doesn't help me.)

Apart from sitting down and not moving at all, what did they actually do? I'm assuming that they didn't just let the victims die, because if they did, I'm screwed. :D

Sorry if that was incomprehensible (I just can't help my rambling.) I can try to provide a translation if you want. :D I get the feeling that this was actually really obvious and probably on the first page of Google - you can cyber-kick me if that is so.

Thankyou! *loves*

Edit: Oh, you guys are awesome. I love you. All of you. Yes, even you. :D Great information - I'm wondering whether to keep him haemophiliac or change it to another less deadly disorder now, but if I don't change it you've given me tons of information to work with. *overcome with joy* Thankyou so much!
Tags: 1910-1919, ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: illnesses: blood/bleeding

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