Fort Russ, May 18th, 2016
Original by Yevdokia “Dunya” Sheremetyeva published on littlehirosima website; translated from Russian by J.Hawk
– During the holidays we went to visit our Vika of Lugansk.
Vika has tuberculosis.
And three weeks ago she fell into hypoglycemic coma.
Please read the whole story…
When we brought Vika for her eye operation in Moscow in January, they detected spots on her lungs.
The weird thing is that she had several surgeries in Lugansk for which she had lung X-Rays, and those were clean – otherwise they would not have cleared her.
But now Vika had to be immediately transferred to a TB ward, though the diagnosis was still less than 100% certain. After after a month and a half, there was no indication that the microbes are producing new rods… Until we received the confirmation. It came as a shock to all of us. The nearly blind diabetic girl with jumping sugar levels (the doctors were stunned when they saw her medical history) now also had active TB. So she asked me not to write about it.
When I started to tell Vika that we need to write about this, she broke down crying.
Turns out that one of her childhood friends had a mother who worked at the TB clinic, and everyone avoided that girl because of that. She was afraid everyone would begin to avoid her if I write about what happened.
She also said that when she was diagnosed with diabetes, some people shunned her even though it is not contagious. People are cruel and they don’t want to be around “others.”
The reality is that people love you while you are healthy and beautiful. As soon as that’s gone, no one needs you. That’s life…
Vika said that after her brother died and she began to lose eyesight, her circle of friends has gotten much smaller, even though she had plenty of friends before.
She and her mom were really worried how relatives would react. As if it was Vika’s fault. She didn’t even know until recently. And her stage of TB isn’t contagious.
Although, to be honest, when I learned of the TB I was pretty freaked out myself.
For those who are worried about me and Zhenya, we did the TB tests and talked about it to the doctors. We’re fine. Nobody even wears facemasks at the clinic. At first we thought of wearing masks, but we soon learned that it would be nearly impossible to catch TB from Vika, and her ward is for people with non-contagious form of TB.
Anyways. Now, several months later, Vika agreed that I write about it all.
Vika, you are awesome, we are so proud of you. Your illness is not your fault.
I feel very sorry for those who don’t understand that.
Keep fighting and don’t look back.