Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, June 14, 1972 THE LtTHBRIDCE HERALD 45 Special treatment clinics for hemophilia sufferers By GLENNIS XILM I OTTAWA (CP) Hemophi- lia sufferers arc among those victims of rare diseases for whom treatment in clinics provides much-needed sccu- .rity for both patients and their famines, say Dr. R. K. Smiley, chairman of the Uni- versity of Ottawa's depart- ment of medicine. Hemophiliacs, whose blood doesn't clot, do have treat- ment and referral clinics in most major centres. Dr. Smiley in an interview discussed the hemophiliac ref- erence service, one of the first in Canada, at the Ottawa Gen- eral Hospital. It began more than 20 years ago when doc- tors began referring hemophi- liac patients to Dr. Smiley, a specialist in blood diseases and particularly interested in this disease. It now treats about 65 pa- tients from the Ottawa-east- ern Ontario area. Dr. Smiley and his asso- ciate, Dr. Pierre-Marc Robin son. usually see most patients themselves. The special treat- room and established routine avoid any frightening wait in an emergency depart- ment wlu'le treatment is dis- cussed. Hemophilia, a hereditary disease, occurs in males who lack a factor that causes clot- ting of the blood. Hemophi- liacs need injections in hospi- tal, often to halt bleeding from cuts or other wounds. Hemophilia usually is recog- nized when a child is young, frequently at birth. Dr. Smi- ley said the clinic's present group of patients range in uge from about three years to 65 years. Hemophiliacs can bleed pro- fusely into tissues when the injury would cause only a bruise in others, he said. They also often have bleeding into the joints, especially into the knees. Both the patient and his family must live with a con- stant fear that any cut or in- jury might be disastrous. For this reason, the clinic concept is particularly help- ful, he said. The clinic also provides day-to-day outpatient treat- ment, and this Is Important for at any one time about six may be coming two or three times a even more. These include patients who have cuts, who nre planning a visit to the dentist or who for any reason need the daily injections that keep up the level of the clotting factor. SOME FACE SURGERY As well, possibly another two or three of the 65 patients in the area may be in hospital at any one time, Dr. Smiley said. Many of these come In for surgery, such as opera- lions on file knee joints in adult life. There is an opportunity for patients to get to know one another and to discuss mutual problems. Hemophiliac children often have emotional problems or problems of adjustment when they begin school, he said. The regular push-and-shove of the schoolyard can be a threat to a child to whom a scraped knee may mean going to hos- pital followed by a month of daily injections. 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The clinic las social workers, psycholo- gists and psychiatrists avail- ible, all of whom work with a number of hemophiliacs hrough the clinic rather than list the rare case they would sec in a normal practice. A man with hemophilia will pass the disease on to his laughters, but not to his sons. The daughter oE a hemophi- liac will not have symptoms of the disease, but she will pass it on to some, but not necessarily all, of her sons and d a u g h t e r s. Her boys would show the symptoms of the disease if they inherited it, but it's not possible to tell with certainty which daugh- ters are carriers. Thus, the disease may skip a generation or two because it was passed along through a line of females, Dr. Smiley said. A girl from such a fam- ily would not know whether she was a carrier. Through research "soon, we should be able to detect which women are carriers." By PAT SHERLOCK PINE POINT, Me. (AP) There are winter days when Buddy Sampson returns from his lobster traps with nothing to show for his day but ocean salt caked in the lines around his eyes. In those bad months when lobslering is at its low ebb, when gourmets are paying J8 a plate in restaurants along the immediate coast, Samp- son is following the rare crus- tacean farther from shore. Between December and April, when the Atlantic is at its fiercest, his trap lines are eight miles to sea. "On a good April day I might get as many as 50 lobs- ters" out of his 250-trap string, he sajd. "Other days I just get ici- cles on my beard." Sampson, 34, who's been a lobster fish- erman on and off since he was 14, says nis profession is no short cut to riches despite the inflationary prices lobs- ters were at in the United States in early April. PRICES DROP "For a little while in April I was getting a he said. "That's higher by a dol- Maine lobsters had become so scarce by the first week of April that dealers were get- ting a pound for live lobs- ter retail and a pound for picked meat. By the end of the month, retail prices for live lobsters were down to about. a pound. For the lobster fisherman the price has gone down to about a pound. At this time of year, Samp- son doesn't go out to his trap line every day. He spends much of his time in his back- yard repairing his older traps, replacing slats and trap net- ting, and preparing for the peak season of July, August and September. "I go out to the traps a few times a week now, but I'll be going out every day in sum- he said. DON'T EAT CATCH Sampson and his attractive, dark-haired wife, Ann, live in a comfortable two-storey home In this coastal commun- ity, some 15 miles south of Portland. "I sometimes sit in the yard and scrape and paint buoys while he's Mrs. Samp- son said. 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