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    June 24, 2015

    Waiting


    June 24, 2015

    Waiting

    By Yevdokia "Dunya" Sheremetyeva ("little_hirosima")

    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    [To view Yevdokia Sheremetyeva's other dispatches from the Donbass, click on the "littlehiroshima" tab above the title.]

    --Lutsentis arrived!
    We exhaled.
    Aside from the price, the other problem associated with the medicine was that it's not that simple to deliver it to where it needs to be--the Donbass. We usually send medicines by bus. At the station, on the spot. Zhenya simply picks them up from the driver. But Lutsentis has to be kept refrigerated. Which caused complications, but everything turned out fine in the end. I'm on the phone from Crimea, the guys in Lugansk and Moscow are in contact.
    Recently Vika, the girl with diabetes, whom we've been helping to save her eyesight, visited an opthalmologist who scheduled a preliminary operation for June 26.
    Lutsentis (which you can't get in Lugansk) is necessary if the operation is to take place.







    Separate thanks to Vitaliy Kotenyov from Tula who so quickly responded to our plea to help us buy the medicine.




    The preliminary plan for saving Vika is as follows:
    (Dear physicians, please don't judge too harshly if there are inaccuracies, I'm writing what I heard from Zhenya, who talked to the physician. Neither of us has medical education so we may have missed something. One way or another, Vika is in the hands of a top-quality specialist who has our trust.)
    The operation will take place in three phases.
    The first will take place around June 26. Vika will be given Lutsentis. We'll wait for a month to see the result. If there is an improvement, a laser coagulation will be performed. In the last phase, if everything turns out fine, she'll receive Klapan Akhmed (we found it, but we'll buy it closer to the operation).




    So the physician is now looking after Vika, though it's too soon to celebrate. It's an advanced case. The ophthalmologist says she should have seen a specialist 3 years ago. Which means the situation is pretty serious.
    Mainly because so much time has been lost.
    Vika's condition is the most important factor. She ate almost nothing for a month after her brother's death. Her system underwent destructive changes. That's critical if you have diabetes. The loss of her two front teeth and the loss of eyesight are only some of the negative consequences.
    It also turned out that Vika and her mom did not take the physicians' recommendations overly seriously. Endocrinologists complained that they didn't make the insulin injections at the right time and did not always follow the recommended diet, which is understandable under the circumstances. Lugansk's wartime reality makes life difficult for diabetics.
    Now we are fixing the situation as best we can. Many thanks to Zhenya and Lena who constantly bring Vika food, talk to the physicians, and have taken Vika under their full care.



    We have great hopes everything will be successful.
    Vik, hang on! To lift your spirits, I can say that a package with presents for you has arrived from England ))). In July you'll see them for yourself )
    So keep smiling--that's the main thing, I can assure you. I personally checked )





    And, as always--
    If you want contribute to humanitarian aid, contact me through my livejournal account, through Facebook, or via email: littlehirosima@gmail.com. Everything will be delivered and reported.
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