Cells at Work! Code Black Episode 8: The Hero in Us
On RBCs saving the day: Everyone has a role to play and a mission to seek out true potentials, unleashing the hero within.
DISCLAIMER: Might contain spoilers. You've been warned.
Quick Recap: Calves, Pulmonary Embolism and Quick Thinking
Blood clots everywhere! Glasses and his friend almost got stuck on a blood clot when pushed by fellow RBCs who took a “liking” of them. Talk about playing dirty! But someone came to their rescue!
Pulmonary embolism. With the build-up of pressure from the lower torso due to mobility (after days of inactivity), the clots were also mobilized and were drawn at top speed towards the lungs! A block might damage the respiratory organ due to non-entry of oxygen.
Manga Spiel! The episode covered chapters 16 and 17 of the spin-off manga. The animation had quite a turn of events geared towards establishing a deeper connection with Glasses and “the White Blood Cell” when the latter takes an earlier appearance compared to the manga context. Well, a calmer air seemed befitting of the dire situation the cells have yet to face, right? Quite an interesting play!
Author’s Corner: RBCs saved the day!
Everyone is a hero. Each cell or part of the body has its role to play to contribute to its better functioning and is as equally important as the others. Just as the body depends on the white blood cells to protect the body from impending damages brought by untoward entry of “invaders”, the human body needs the other cells to step up their game and work their way through adversaries and conquer the inevitable for its rehabilitation and survival. Though looking into the impossible, Glasses was quick in finding an alternate means to deliver oxygen to the lungs. Desperate times call for desperate measures. With sheer motivation and luck, they were able to prevent a greater tragedy.
Random thoughts and slices-of reality: The sad tragedies of work-life cycle
Of exhaustion. Glasses with his friend and a senior had a detour to the liver for a quick relief when they noticed a “plague-stricken” area compared to the lively “night-life” back then. A hepatocyte was also seen, groggy with dark circles on her eyes due to “fatty liver”, a consequence of chronic alcoholism. This affected the hepatocytes to the point of exhaustion. Everyone keeps getting pushed to their l