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東日本大震災翻訳プロジェクト〔第4話〕

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The Ceiling about to fall down

NAKAMURA Makoto, 51, Yoshima Town
Translated by SATO Kaoru

 When hit by a great earthquake, I was in my bed because of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease with muscle weakness and sensation disorder on foot and hands. “Tremor was so huge that I felt the ceiling was about to fall down. So dreadful.”

 The caregiver, who takes care of me every morning, afternoon and evening, was not able to come to me after the earthquake due to the shortage of gasoline. Following food shortage and water outage struck me more decisively. Black out prevented me from sleeping at night because I was not able to sleep without a respirator.  I was admitted urgently to a hospital in the city.

 Having no calendar nor clock in the hospital room made my time perception paralyzed. Every day, intravenous drip was injected through the tube set on the groin to prevent accidental swallowing. My doctor just called out to me behind the curtain. To my answer, he said “Final answer?” “Shut up!” I thought. A man in his sixties, companion in my double room, gave a loud cry, “Ah…”

 “An earthquake is an ill-omen.” Every time a big aftershock prevented me from leaving hospital and I had to remain there. Finally, my weight reduced from 45 kg to 37 kg after the hospitalization for one month. “I would never like to be hospitalized.”

 Note:Mr.Nakamura suffers from hereditary degenerative peripheral neuropathy. In his junior high school days, illness broke out and he left his career at 35. After that, he has spent his time on the treatment. It was just before the caregiver left his house when the earthquake occurred. “I had fear that I almost die by being pushed down by something, but I was lucky to have my caregiver with me,” he said.

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