Friday, September 12, 2014

Risk Taking Researcher -Round 4, Lucas T.

Red Scarf Girl,
Ji-li Jiang
Chapters 10, 11, 12
Risk Taking Researcher

This week in the book Red Scarf Girl, by Ji-li Jiang, something that I found interesting and that I wanted to research about is Ménière's syndrome, which is something that Ji-li's mother suffers from. I found out that this syndrome is something that is caused in the inner ear, and it can affect a person's balance, and of course it can affect their hearing. This disease is named after Prosper Ménière, who was a french physician, who first found out this disease. In addition, sometimes it can be a lifelong thing like Ji-li's mother, but sometimes it can come as more of a disease, once or twice. One of the most common ways to help treat this disease is to inject steroids in the ear. In the time that Ji-li's mother had this disease, this wasn't used to treat the disease, so she had to deal with it. If the treatment of the steroids doesn't work, probably a surgery would be necessary. I thought that this was something important in the book because it causes many problems in a chapter, which turns out to be very intense but at the same time intriguing. All things considered, this has an influence to Ji-li's life in China because her mom is suffering, and that adds to one more problem for her to face in the story.

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