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fic - slow and steady - notes [misc]
Aaaand one more last little post to fill out my calendar for the year.

For those of you playing at home, you may be interested in knowing that Heero's little elephant was caused by a virus based on herpes zoster, also known as shingles, which has its origin in the chicken pox virus.  I just made the inflammation deeper and worse.

Also, the treatment he undergoes to repair his spinal cord (and/or other nerves), using nanotube scaffolding as a framework to encourage growth of the nerve cells, is a treatment that is currently under development, or at least it was, last time I sort of checked via interwebz.  I may have stretched the timeframe out for my own dramatic purposes.  My apologies to Dr. Kessler, whose name I believe I found in my brief research into the matter.

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lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: December 31st, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a fun fact (or maybe not so 'fun') for those of old enough to have had the chicken pox as kids. ^___^ Shingles is a-waiting to pounce. Get your shot, fellow old folks. *snicker*


Poor Heero. An ancient disease come to haunt him. O.O

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2013 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't really consider it an ancient disease, so much as a modern mutation of low probability. =)
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 1st, 2013 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
This is true. These rotten things do evolve. ^___^ And in a couple of weeks I'll be eligible for my shingles vaccine. Yippee.

Wish my kid had come along after the chicken pox vaccine, but no, he had it and will probably be at risk for the shingles. *sigh*


tanuki02 From: tanuki02 Date: January 1st, 2013 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting info! And by coincidence, my dad was one of the participants in the shingles vaccine study before it could be released to the public.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2013 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting!  I was only coincidentally reading about shingles when I realized that its characteristics quite nicely fit into what I happened to be considering for the fic.  I wanted to be a lot more round-about than just severing his spine with a bullet or something.
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