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September 04, 2005



I'm so sorry to hear this is happening. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts and hoping Annika is better soon.


Holy Mother of God.I agree with you. I'd rather be in a hospital where Anthony is known than be at one (albeit a great one) that didn't know my child personally.Prayers!


I can definitely see where the stress comes in. Your little girl is one tough cookie, though. A big cyber hug to all of you, and hopefully Anni will be back to normal soon.

Beanie Baby

What a brave, resilient kid you have. I'm sorry to hear about this latest medical problem for you and Anni. I hope they get her back home, happy and healthy and energetic, very soon. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.


Moorena.......we have all of you, especially Annika, in our prayers. I'm so glad you finally made it to Chicago. Jenn called this morning to be sure I knew the latest. I will be watching for more news.Shelby's Grandma Cori


I can't believe you got hung up on!!! You made two very good points, wich sounded very logical to me! Prayers for Annika, this has to be hard on all of you right now. I hope your not, but if you are still there on thursday, Anna has transplant clinic, and we would be more than happy to stop by with a little gift for Annika. Let me know if that is ok.


OMG!!!They hung up on you!!!Oh, I am livid. That's our hospital too. Holy cow. I'm glad you are closer to home, but WOW!


Oh no! So glad you made it back to Chicago. I'm praying for Annika and all of you.


Thank goodness for you husband! So glad that he was able to change someone's minds & that you are in Chicago. However great Dallas is, it's much better to be in familiar surrounds, with familiar doctors. I hope they get this straighted out soon. Prayers for you guys!


OK, turns out that I'm still not able to get on-line as frequently as I'd like, even with the move to Chicago.Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. It's a scary, uncertain time for us, even though the news every night reminds us how lucky we are.Jen - I don't have your phone number here. If you call again and get Joerg, please leave it with him!Sarah - I'm pretty sure we'll still be here, and we'd love to see you all again. Just a visit is present enough. Annika has been hooked up to monitors for the past 5 days, so she's only allowed to leave her bed for potty breaks and showers. So she'd be overjoyed with visitors, especially you all.

Amanda M

Was thinking about you! Anni sounds like she's ready to take on some of her medical care ;), telling the nurse what was going on. Way to go kiddo. Hope Chicago treats you well. The whole nation is super stressed these days because of Katrina...under normal circumstances I can't believe the attending hung up on you, but my guess is that that is not the only surprising response that'll happen this week. Hoe the bleeding and stress stops soon. Cyberhugs.- Amanda, Aunt to Katie, age 7, BA


I'm angry, scared and hopeful for you. We're too far from Chicago and too close to Kansas City to be of much help in any other way (that I can think of), but if you think of anything, drop me a line.


God be with you all Moreena. You have my thoughts and prayers. I will be checking today for an update - I hope it is good news.Take care ~tina


Oh Moreena, what a terrible thing to happen. Anni is such a treasure! My prayers are with you and yours. I live in the Chicagoland area, so if you want to talk, or something else, give me an e-mail at kbmailbox1-blog AT yahoo.com~*~HUGS AND PRAYERS~*~


Oh Moreena I just read your post and heard about what's happening with Annika, and I am so nervous and scared for you. With all of your well written stories about Annika and tales of her sweet quirkiness and I feel like i've met both of you allready. It's horrifying how fast things can go from normal to potentially life threatening. our only example of that was our brief experience with the heaptic thrombosis but I so clearly remmeber how that felt, and I'm guessing it's about how you're feeling right now. I *hope* it's not quite that serious, and maybe you're still one step away from it being that serious, but that's not much is it. I'm shocked that a doctor actually hung up on you but glad that it helped them to reconsider the plan, and I'm glad you're back in Chicago much closer to home. It's important to go through something like this with staff that you know and trust and you're much closer to your support system which you'll be needing. How scary it would be to go through this from the other side of the country! We're only a couple hours away and I am seriously thinking of driving up to see you, i'd have to bring Havalah though because she's on IV antibiotics for suspected cholcangitus and my husbnad hasn't been trained to do them yet ... and franjkly i don't know that i trust him to do central line stuff ... I barely trust myself! Please feel free to give me a call at 414.961.6190 I would love to talk to you !

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Falling Down, November 2004

  • Balloon in hand, my 4-year-old
    twirled across the kitchen floor,
    singing nonsense words
    in her own key.
    "It's my gift!" she declared
    to the world at large, which
    was really only me,
    sitting at the table. Enough
    twirling, and she lost
    her balance, tumbling
    to the floor in a theatrical
    slapstick of elbows and knees.

    She lay on her back
    for a few seconds,
    at the textured ceiling
    with the mysterious
    spaghetti sauce stain.
    Suddenly she
    flapping her arms and legs
    there on the floor, as if to swish
    the imaginary snow
    into a snow angel.

    "Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

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