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Nano help please PLEASE! My MC’s arm gets crushed in a training accident. I need her to lose her arm till her elbow. How would this be treated without modern med or tech? How quickly would she need to be found, what would the whole procedure look like and how would she feel through the whole thing

Depends on what you mean by “crushed’ – I’m assuming this means “crushed and pinned.”  Field amputations have been around since the beginning of humanity. Take a belt or something to cut off the circulation, tighten it down, get a saw, and hack the arm off.  Survival in the day before modern medicine (particularly antibiotics) isn’t great, …

Hi! I browsed your hypothermia tag, but didn’t see this particular issue addressed. In what stage of hypothermia does paradoxical undressing occur, and what are long-term consequences? My current setup is wet clothes + cool (between 5-10°C) + no heat (no blankets, no fire) = MC going from cold->shivering desperately->shivering subsiding/stopping, but the other character (distracted) doesn’t recognise hypothermia until she begins to undress. Is this plausible? ( Hypothermia 1/2)

(Hypothermia 2/2) There’s no access to medical care at the moment, so other character does what they would for more mild hypothermia–gets a fire going, gets MC out of wet clothes, shared body warmth, warm drink. Could this be enough, or are we looking at death regardless? I have MC disoriented and clumsy and going …

Hi! So, my character had an accident mountaineering that injured his spinal cord. I’m thinking incomplete SCI in the lumbar region. The mountain is pretty high and it’s weather is harsh and cold. My character has the company of another uninjured character and gets rescued later on. My question is, how long could he survive on that mountain, before getting rescued? Could he even survive? Also, thank you so much for this blog! It’s really helpful and interesting!

Hey there @megaalodon! I absolutely love your profile pic 🙂 Thanks for your question!  So there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of variables to this that need to be considered. Generally, survivability is a significant question just given “broken spine + mountain,” but let’s unpack this a little bit.  First, a HUGE component …