Monday, August 29, 2011
In my novel Blue Skies Tomorrow, which takes place during World War II, Helen Carlisle deals with many repercussions of a childhood bout with polio. Thanks to vaccination, polio is quickly being forgotten, but it was a dread threat in the first half of the twentieth century.
Last week I had the honor of guest blogging about polio on Jordyn's Medical Edge, a fabulous blog that helps fiction writers with medical questions for their stories.
On August 22, the article covered Polio the Disease - the cause, how epidemics spread, the symptoms of the various types of polio, and Post-Polio Syndrome.
August 24 focused on the Treatment of Polio - isolation, immobilization, the iron lung, Sister Kenny's massage therapy, and rehabilitation.
The article on August 26 discussed the Polio Vaccines - the Salk Vaccine (IPV - inactivated polio vaccine), the Sabin Vaccine (OPV - oral polio vaccine), and the process of eradication worldwide.
I was touched by the many stories I heard from polio survivors or relatives of victims or survivors. We must never forget the dangers of this virus.