Bunk Bed for Viktor and Olga’s Children
Viktor earned a good living as a locksmith until five years ago, when, while he was at work, a heavy pipe fell and crushed his foot. Despite surgeries, therapy, and medications, he has not been able to regain its use, so today is reliant on crutches to move around. Viktor is depressed as well, because he can no longer work or contribute to his family. It has fallen on his wife, Olga, to bring in any money beyond Viktor’s disability stipend and to care for their three children. She has a stable job in a factory that produces chicken vaccines.
Their eight-year old daughter is in good health. But their seven-year old son is so severely allergic to milk that he needs a medical aide with him during the school day and has to eat all of his meals away from the other children and possible exposure to allergens. Whenever an aide cannot be with him, Olga has to miss work in order to accompany him to school. Their five-year old son suffers from asthma, which lowers his immune system. He gets sick frequently, and when this happens, Olga has to say home with him. The family’s costs, including medical expenses, are very high, but Olga’s earnings are low, and drop still more with the number of days that she cannot work.
The family lives in a small apartment, with one bedroom for the parents and one for the children. The youngest child has a baby’s bed, which is too small for him. The older two shared an old mattress on some planks until they grew old enough that this was no longer appropriate. Now two of the children sleep on the living room couch each night, while one uses the worn-out mattress.
The children need their own beds in order to get a good night’s sleep and to have their own space, but Viktor and Olga’s finances are already stretched to the breaking point, and they cannot buy them. There is not enough space for three beds in the room, so Olga would like her children to have a bunk bed with a trundle.