We’ve been helping Vika for over three years now. We’re helping her and her mom. They live in Lugansk, LPR.
She has diabetes and lost her eyesight. Had TB. Lost a brother, also a diabetic.
That’s the short version.
Why did she lose her eyesight?
Sometime ago I wrote a post about how my nephew asked about her and her eyesight, why she lost it, I curtly replied “war”.
It’s probably the most accurate answer and it’s hard to add anything to it. Even though my posts about Vika are visited by the “all-knowing” who tell me the war had nothing to do with it, it’s Vika own fault and her mom’s too. That they inject insulin improperly, monitor blood sugar improperly, etc. I even stopped getting angry reading these comments. Although initially I would try, with shaking hands, explain how difficult it was to get insulin in LPR in ’14 and ’15. Explain what it’s like to live with no money and ability to buy even test strips. When you are alone, without a husband, with a bedridden mother, and your son is dying. When there is bombing, when you are sitting in a cellar. But I stopped.
You read a post about Vika about once a month on this blog. We’ve been through a lot in these three years. If you want to know more, click on the “Vika” tag at the bottom of this post.
Separate thanks to Sergey from Belgorid, who at one time bought a glucose meter for the blind, and continues to send special test strips for this device. It’s important for Vika to be able to test her sugar on her own. She can’t always count on her mother to be around.
Thank you, Sergey!!!
Also we and you collected money to help them get running water in their house. Indeed, that turned out to be very difficult. More so than we expected. The whole system was rusted through.
We sent money which you donated for Vika, and then literally days later we got news from Vika’s mom Sveta: “We can’t get used to having running water, we’ve spent so much time going outside that we sometimes have to catch ourselves…”
“Dunyechka, thank you for the book! We’ve been waiting)))!!! You are one of a kind, someone who took that pain, let it run through you, and painstakingly began to fight for human lives in the midst of this damned war! I know, there are many fighters for the right–but you are the only one we know!!! We love you, we respect you, we are impatiently waiting for a chance to host you again!!! Thank you for the test strips (it’s not me, Sveta, it’s Sergey!) you are as kind as a mother. Mother to everyone!!! Kisses!!!!💋”
That’s how things are.