[Yuko's Leg Rehabilitation Diary - 39]
Several days later, an acupuncturist visited me. I'd never had acupuncture before.
She saw me and said: 'You are too weak. Today I cannot do anything for you. It's risky to do. When you are in better physical condition, I would be able to do for you, but definitely not today.' - And she left with her bag doing nothing.
I had thought I was much better than early in 2015 and I was. But in her eyes - I was too weak to acupuncture.
A few days later the acupuncturist phoned me. She was very kind.
'Yuko, would you like to use social care service?'
'What is it? It's expensive, isn't it?'
'No, it's Polish national social service. I can tell them about you.'
And then a woman from the centre called and visited me. She said:
'You can ask your helper for help - whatever.'
She smiled at me.
'Yes, whatever. Everything. They can do everything for you'.
Soon my helper Pani Zosia started to visit me twice a week.
I asked Zosia:
'Pani Zosiu, could I really ask you for everything?'
Poland is a wonderful country.
For instance, elderly people can ask thier helper for help - cleaning the house, cooking meals, or helping them to take a bath and so on.
But in my case - I can cook, I can take a bath. For me the important thing is to be able to walk again. So I asked her for help - to meet me and mainly help me train in order to walk.
I had applied for the rehabilitation training at the rehabilitation centre but I had to wait long. So while I was waiting and training myself, Zosia helped me train.
from the left: Jacek Hawryluk (musicologist), Jan Popis (musicologist) and Yuko, during the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition, in the TV studio after TVP Kultura live broadcast, October 2005