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September 09, 2005



I am so happy to see this post! I have been worried about you all. Please give little Anni hugs and kisses from all her internet "friends" - there are alot of us out here praying for you guys.I'm glad you will get to go home between procedures. Please keep us updated as you are able.tina


What Tina said.I'm keeping you all in my thoughts.


We will be thinking of you all and praying.


Anni and all of you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I miss seeing you all and hope I can see you once again soon. If you need anything, like someone to watch the house and feed the cat, I am only a phone call away.Lots of love and hope, Maribeth


Moreena, more prayers and wishes for Anni and your family in this time of uncertainty. Any time you want to talk, you have my number. I'm not that far away when you are in Chicago.


I'm glad to see that Annika is feeling a little better and will be able to go home.We are always reading your updates and we will keep her and all of you in our prayers. logans mom

Tara Marie

Moreena,,,,keeping sweet Annika in our thoughts and prayers.Much love to you precious girl.Hugs, Emma Sage and her Mommy

Bettie Bookish

Moreena, is there anything that we who have been checking your blog many times daily for an update can do for Anni or you or Frankie or Joerge? We cannot pop by Anni's room to give you all hugs and give you a chance to stretch your legs, get fresh air and coffee and check the computer.What can we do?

Beanie Baby

Good luck to all of you.I've been checking several times a day to see if there's any news--I'm so relieved to see one this morning. I don't know the half of what you were talking about, it went right over my head--so I'll just sit here nodding sagely until further notice.


Bettie and Running2Ks,Thank you so much for your kind offers of help. Really, we are doing pretty well, all considered. I did have to quit my teaching gig this semester, since we have no idea how long this all is going to take, but it clearly would interfere with my teaching as it will stretch over months, at least. So that frees up my time (with the obvious drawbacks, of course). We are also lucky enough to have great family support. And our insurance has been so much more cooperative than our previous insurance was. So I think our basic needs are covered. Now I am just going to have to work through the anxiety, which I categorize as on the level of luxury, given the situations that others are facing. It helps me just to get on here and let loose, you know.Running2Ks, since you're in Chicago, maybe you would be willing to do a Target run if I discover that we forgot something that I really need? Thanks again, everyone


Prayers for Annika. She is always in our hearts. Anna had a grand time visiting with Annika. It was so nice to see you guys and I hope we can do it again soon, hopefully out of the hospital this time!

Phantom Scribbler

Thinking about you and praying for you here, too. There are so many of us who would be thrilled to anything we could to help out. I mean, besides just listening. It's a given that we're all here to listen.


I hadn't been here for a while. So I was surprised and saddened to see a post about you in Running2K's blog. I have been sitting here reading the last 3 posts with tears streaming down my face. Having just moved to another state with a chronically ill child, I know how frightening it can be to be out of your normal hospital environment during an emergency. I just feel for you so much. I wish that I could be there to give you a big supportive hug. I will be continuing to think of you and hoping that the clots have not moved too far. Do you know now how many bandings she'll need before sugery is possible? I don't know much about liver issues, as Kajsa's concerns are with her kidney, so please excuse me if this sound like an obvious question...If the bandings are successful, is there a possibilty that she might not need surgery -- or that it might be able to be postponed for a time?Again, You will all be in my heart as you go through this challenging time.

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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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