Ma prace..ma inspirace

17. 07. 2008 | † 30. 09. 2015 | kód autora: w2u

Jeste jsem moc nepsala o sve praci...a je co psat. Ta pro me nejprinosnejsi je byt osetrovatelkou pro Thayera Radway. Rada bych sem dala clanek, ktery o nem napsal jeho otec, i presto, ze je anglicky. Pro ty co anglicky umi, ti porozumi, pro ty co ne: Thayer je clovek, ktery pri nehode na motorce prodelal stejne zraneni jako byvaly a prvni Superman. Presto, ze neni schopny pohybu ani dychani bez pristroje, stale zije a je neuveritelne uzansny clovek. Pro me je silene velka prilezitost travit s nim cas. Neni to jednoduche. Psychika cloveka strasne utrpi po takovemhle zraneni a zasahu do zivota. Jenze Thayer se nevzdal. Za tu dobu, co u nej pracuju, jsem se setkala s ruznymi nazory svych pratel typu: JA BYCH TAKHLE NEZIL A RADSI BYCH SE ZABIL;;;" Thayer nema jak, ale ja myslim, ze ani nechce. On se naucil zit svuj zivot v bolesti a zavislosti na jinych a ja ho za to obdivuju.

Nehoda se mu stala pred 13 lety jako mladem aktivnimu studentovi. Po case v rehablitacni nemocnici, kde ja mimo jine taky pracuju, se rozhodl, ze chce mit svuj vlastni byt. A ma ho, uz 10 let. Ale samozrejme potrebuje 24 hodinovou peci. Vzhledem k americkemu systemu pojistovnictvi a placeni zdravotni pece ma narok na sluzbu zdravotnich sester, ale taky muze zamestnat osetrovatele, jako jsem ja, bez zdravotnicke licence. Coz je pro me velka zkusenost, jinak bych se k takove praci a poznani nedostala.

Zacinala jsem rannima smena, ktere jsou ale hodne rychle a narocne, zvykla jsem si. Ale presto mam radsi nocni, ktere delam vic. Thayer moc nespi, ma bolesti a tak. Vecery jsou takove, ze prijdu v 11, akorat kdyz je predchozi sestrou doprave do postele, pak mu tak hodinku pomaham dostat se v posteli do spravne pozice, protoze ac je nehybny, tak ma stale cit na kuzi a k tomu ma obsesivni kumpulzni poruchu, jako pan Monk z detektivek, takze proste potrebuje byt uprosted postele. A neni to lehke, vlasnte je to dost fyzicky narocne hybat s nim. Pak mu delam veceri, Thayer je vzdycky strasne rad, kdyz jim zarove s nim, myslim, ze si pak nepripada tak zavisle, ale ze je to jako: dame si spolu vecu. Casto si delame pizzu, nekdy tousty, nekdy mu uvarim neco ceskeho jako spenatovo omeletu. Pak jime, ja ho krmim a koukame na kriminalky. V tom je stesti, ze mame radi uplne stejne filmy a serialy. Pak cistime katetry a ventilator, podavam leky a hlavne prasky na spani, bez nichz by neusnul. Nekdy mi Thayer ukazuje svoje fotoalba z mladi, to nemam moc rada, jakoze rada posloucham jeho pribehy a prohlizim si fotky, ale kdyz pak usne, tak je mi kolikrat do place, protoze on byl pred tim urazem takovy ten clovek, co si uziva kazde minuty sveho zivota, delal snad vsechny sporty, byl uspesny student a byl hezky chlap, ted uz neni ani jedno z toho. Presto je porad uzasny clove...

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Pak myjeme zuby a dalsi hodinku stravime jeho polohovanim ke spanku. Pak ho spaci prasky premuzou a usne. A ja jdu vedle do obyvaku a mohla bych spat, ale prvni hodinu je dobre vydrzet, pac se nekdy bolesti vzdbudi. Tak ctu noviny, uklizim, lustim sudoku a hlavne neudstale posloucham jeho dech. Jeho ventilator je sice napojeny na alarm, ktery by zacal jecet, kdyby Thayer prestal dychat, ale ja stejne posloucham a pry to tak delaji vsechny sestry u nej. Ze zacatku jsem si myslela, ze mi to poslouchani neda spat. Ale da. Asi je to jako kdyz mate dite, to vas pry taky vzbudi. Ja obcas usnu, ale staci aby zacal thayer hur dychat a ja se najednou probudim a automatikcy to jdu zkontrolovat. A pak je najednou 7 rano a ja thayera budim, pomaham nasledujici osetrovatelce dostat ho denni polohy a odchazim domu, do sprchy a do dalsi prace, o ktere napisu priste, protoze je taky silene inspirujici.

A teda v cem je pro me ta prace s thayerem inspirace? Asi v tom, ze mi dal sanci, ze dovolil nekomu kdo neni rodily mluvci s nim pracovat ( Az pozdeji mi doslo, ze to neni anglictinou, ze mu ani americke osetrovatelky obcas nerozumi, protoze on mluvi jen pres ventilator, ale ony narozdil ode me, nepatraji po tom, co on rika, proste delaji svou praci. Ja se spis snazim porozumet. ) a dalsi inspiraci je to, ze at si kdykoli ve svem zivote citim nejak bidne, tak si vzdycky rikam,ze ja mam sanci to ovlivnit. On uz nemuze. A pak mi dochazi z jakych malickosti ja delam velbloudy. Ach jo, jen jsem chtela rict, ze tahle prace je nejtezsi jakou jsem kdy delala a zaroven nejhezci.

A tady je ten slibeny anglicly psany clanek Thayerova tatinka:

Thayer Radway, Lincoln

I would first of all like to commend you for recognizing those who through their daily walk inspire us greatly. To that point I would like to nominate our son Thayer Radway.

On July 18, 1995, Thayer was going from his summer job to his summer class at Northern Arizona University (he had that class and one semester left to graduate and join me in my business), when a pickup truck turned in front of his motorcycle and his life changed in an instant. He flew over the bed of the truck some 20 feet and broke his neck in a similar injury to Christopher Reeves, who was hurt just about five weeks before Thayer. He aspirated, but three cars back was a police car and he kept him breathing until the ambulance arrived and they got him to the hospital. He was in intensive care for three weeks and had spinal surgery on his C-1, C-3 and C-5.

After another week he was air ambulanced to Madonna Rehab Hospital and placed in the vent unit. It took six months for his desire to live to return, and after 2½ years he wanted to live in his own apartment. We had strong support from Madonna for him to go out and live independently. He would require 24-hour care, and he would need to hire his own caregivers and direct their training. He moved into his Woodbridge apartment 10 years ago this coming March.

He is and always was an active, outgoing and engaging people person. You will see him tooling around SouthPointe, driving up Helen Witt Drive and down the streets behind his apartment. He knows everyone by name. The kids come and ask for him to take him for a ride on his wheelchair. All his caregivers will tell you he is an inspiration to them. He goes to the vent unit at Madonna and visits people with new and similar injuries. Gives them hope for a life after their accidents. He speaks on traveling with disabilities.

Thayer serves as a member of the Human Care Ministry Team at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Every day when I get up he motivates me and many others just knowing what he goes through to begin his day. You will always see him with a smile on his face. (OK, almost always.) His life has affected many in a positive way each day.

So if you are driving up behind the Woodbridge apartments late some afternoon, watch out for a no-fear young man in a wheelchair on his way up to visit with friends and watch a sunset from on top of the hill.

And, he has outlived Superman!

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