Tears silently flow from the eyes of a proud and hardworking old Georgian man broken by a stroke...
He was the rock of the large and friendly Arkhoshashvili family, which in an instant turned from the happiest into the most unhappy family in Georgia. “Grandpa, grandpa, does it hurt? Why aren't you playing with me? " - the wonderful four-year-old widget Goderdzi tries to talk to his dear grandfather and gently strokes his hand. He hangs around his grandfather's bed and still can't wait for an answer. But he knows from his beloved grandmother Ketino that his grandfather Nodari who is very sick, someday he will tell him a wonderful tale. Oh, he can’t wait...
He even tries to feed him and keeps caressing his grandpa with his tiny white and chubby hands...
And his grandpa only cries silently in response, because for five years now he has been broken by a damned stroke.
Tears silently flow down the old man's cheeks...
“My husband had a stroke five years ago, since then I have been caring for him like he was a little child,” sobs grandmother Ketino. – “We have lived in perfect harmony for all our life, he supported me in everything. He used to work for his whole life, he took care of all of us, and now, you see, he has become completely helpless. He didn’t have time to rejoice, to play with his grandchildren - they don’t remember him when he was healthy, but they love him very much!”
They say, misfortunes never come singly. The misfortunes started ten years ago, when his 32-year-old son Goderdzi was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes - a strong young man became disabled, was left without work and was no longer able either to help his parents or keep his own family. Five years later Nodar, the head of the family, had a stroke; since then his wife Ketino have been taking care of him. The family found itself in a stalemate and is desperately struggling for survival. They are sorely lacking funds even for the most basic stuff - food, medications, diapers. Who will take care of them? Who will lend them a helping hand? Perhaps we know the answer.
- Ketino, share you troubles with us...
Ketino: I don't even know where to start... All the misfortunes befell us at once. My husband and I have worked tirelessly all our lives. We never lived richly, but we did not starve either. I would never have thought that such a fate awaited us... You probably cannot even imagine how terrible our situation is! Nodar is bedridden, our son has diabetes, and our grandchildren are very little. No one works, and the prices rise for everything! We do not have money even for the most basic things: food, medications, hygiene products...
- Tell me everything in order, please.
Ketino: As I said, we used to live a quiet, calm, measured life - but we never lived in poverty. Our son served under a contract, he fought in hot spots. He suddenly felt unwell, went to the doctor, and it turned out that his blood sugar was high. The doctor did everything possible to prevent him from insulin dependence - because he is a young military man... But unfortunately, it did not work out. He became disabled at 32 and has been suffering for ten years now. Goderdzi needs four injections a day. He cannot work. He should follow a diet. But we only eat pasta. Then this misfortune happened to my husband. Now Nodari is completely helpless, I feed him, give him medications, wash him, take care of him like he is a little child... Poor one, sometimes he looks at me like he tries to say something to me, but he cannot. I feel so sorry for him, my heart breaks...
- Ketino, you speak with such warmth about your spouse! Could you please share your youth memories with us, the story of how did you meet?
Ketino: I am 64 years old, dear, when I was young it was still common for parents to choose wives and husbands for their children. I didn't even see my husband before our wedding! But, as you can see, we lived in perfect harmony for so many years, we always supported each other. My husband is an educated and very talented person. He used to be... You know, he even took part in the "Talent" show competition. Imagine, he was able to say any phrase backwards in a matter of seconds! It reversed words even four seconds faster than a computer! And now, he cannot even utter a word. He only moans in pain. He really needs medications, if he misses a pill, he starts trembling so strongly. He almost jumps on the bed.
- I think, it’s very hard for you...
Ketino: You can't even imagine how hard. My back hurts very much, because you have to turn him from side to side, to wash him, and much more... My daughter-in-law helps me a lot. I certainly wouldn't have coped alone. She's a good girl, I don't even know how she manages to both look after the kids and help me... They're just babies: Goderdzi is four years old, and Amir is two - you cannot leave them unattended! You also need to feed them, to dress them. I cannot express with words how hard it is for us. There is no end to our expenses: medications, diapers... All this is very expensive, there is no money left even for food. I don't know what to do.
- Did you address the local authorities for help?
Ketino: The state is funding insulin for my poor son.
A couple of times they brought us some food. That’s all, in fact ... Occasionally they allocate us some amount for medications. I am grateful to them, but with the problems we have it is a drop in the ocean! Just look around! This house is so old that it is about to collapse on our heads!
- This...house, does it belong to you?
Ketino: Yes, my husband's parents built it. When we could, we maintained it, renovated it little by little, but now everything has fallen into disrepair. The roof leaks, it blows from all the cracks, you have to plug the holes in the walls with rags, but this does not help! Now they repair a village road, and because of the bulldozers driving back and forth, our fence got askew, our house keeps shaking, and even the foundation got damaged in one corner... Woe to me, woe! Who will fix it? There is no one to help us. Why did such misfortunes befall on me? Why is my husband living out his life in torment?
– Ketino, do you believe in God? Do you go to church?
Ketino: Of course, we go there all together! And I also pray at home constantly. I ask God not to doom my children and grandchildren to death. Well, if not for the stroke, I'm sure Nodari could still do a lot for all of us. He worked for all his life, he graduated from a technical school, he used to work in furniture stores, then in a shopping center. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he was involved in agriculture. I haven't been idle even for a single day! And now, when my son is sick, and my husband is in this position, I only hope for God and to good people!
- Tell me about your grandchildren, please…
Ketino: Oh, they are my only joy, my ray of light! My wonderful, affectionate boys. You know, they never saw their grandfather healthy. My daughter-in-law was pregnant when Nodar suffered a stroke. The elder Goderdzi is around him all the time and asks what hurts his grandfather and why. He tries to feed him with a spoon... Caresses him, tries to play with him...
- Is it true, Goderdzi? Do you love your grandpa?
(The boy, who used to hang around and listen to our conversation inquisitively, hid behind his grandmother ...)
Ketino: They are very, very shy... The younger one does not even talk yet. My heart hurts, dear. You have no idea how much my heart hurts... I don't sleep at night thinking about how to get out of this situation. My son’s disease, the misfortune that happened to my husband - all this derailed us. For ten years now we have been trying to survive, and every year, every day it gets harder... (Poor old woman sobs.)
- Well, your position is unenviable... Tell me, please, how can we help you?
Ketino: God knows I never asked anyone for anything. It was with these hands that I earned my daily bread, working from dawn to dawn together with my husband... Who to blame that everything turned out like this?
It hurts me to say that, but my grandchildren, my babies are half-starved, they wear rags... How is it possible? They need food and clothes Nodar needs a lot of things. Our whole modest income is almost fully spent on his medications and diapers. All the furniture is very old and is almost falling apart, we have no beds, no wardrobe... A washing machine is just a dream for us - it would have eased our life so much, because we have two little kids and bedridden person in our family. You can imagine how much laundry there is. It is a real torment to wash with hands in a freezing water in winter. My daughter-in-law’s and my hands just hurt.
- Ketino, the whole Georgia will read this article. I am sure many people remember the wonderful performance of your spouse - many will respond to your cry for help...
Ketino: I am grateful for your attention and empathy, God bless you!
Friends, a good, kind Georgian family found themselves in a difficult situation. Grandpa Nodar is bedridden, his wife does not leave him day or night. Taking care of a bedridden patient requires a lot of money. Their son Goderdzi, in his young age, became an insulin-dependent diabetic and disabled person. The family has two wonderful boys - two-year-old Amir and four-year-old Goderdzi.Kids are deprived of absolutely everything: normal food, clothes, shoes, toys.
Today the family of Nodar Arkhoshashvili really needs our support. They need all kinds of help: food, hygiene products, medications, beds, a washing machine, and more.
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