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January 01, 2006


Cheryl and Angel Haley

I am so sorry poor Annika (and you) are going through so much. Especially over the holidays. My wish for you is that 2006 be a much calmer, happier year health-wise.With love and reiendship

Phantom Scribbler

I hope Annika can come off the ventilator sooner than they think. If anyone ever had the right to some therapeutic whining, it is she.


I am praying for an end to the vent! You are right; being deprived of whining is the final indignity.

Josie's Mom

You are so right. Being able to complain and let off some steam can feel soooooo good. I hope Annika will be able to do so soon.Josie's Momhttp://www.mybabymonsters.comInsights into a child's world


I am so sorry she is stuck with the tubes, and yet so thankful to hear that she is doing so well, proving what an amazing girl she is over and over. I hope for a healthy (HEALTHY!) New Year for your family. May Anni shout out soon!My prayers are totally with you, as always.


Makes me think she needs to get off that vent and vent!I'd like to tell you a little story...One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.When the last scene of his life flashed before him,he looked back at the footprints in the sand.He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it: "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."The LORD replied:"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."written by Mary Stevenson


Prayers for an early departure of the ventilator.Big hugs to you all. I am thinking of you all the time.


I don't even know Annika personally, but I HATE that this is happening to her. Ican only imagine how hard it must be for you, her mother, to sit there and watch her pain day after day. I will continue to pray for you, Annika and your family.


Moreena,I think about you and Anni every day and check this site when I should be working!Anni's one of a kind, but does she have to be this unique?Sending you hugs long distance.Mary, Ayden's grandma


I am sorry that Anika is sick. I miss Annika so much. I hope Annika is doing ok in the hospital and I hope she gets better really fast. LOVE SABRINA!!!


I agree, Moreena!Blessings to Annika....and to you and your family in this new year.


We're supposed to be taking away tubes and such, not adding! Prayers for Annika to be able to whine about all of this soon!


And that's about half the reason why we're here. You need witness right now. I will rejoice with you as the tubes (starting with that vent) are removed. I look forward to hearing about her getting her voice back...of using it to let you know how it was for her...of you being able to hear your sweet Annika.


Oh, Moreena...Lots of prayers for those tubes to depart as soon as is safe...though, reading that catalogue of medical technology I was both distressed for you and Anni and hugely impressed that they can do so much to help her get better.May that happen really soon.Hugs

Shelley, mom to Caroline

Oh, Moreena! We are so sorry that Annika has had yet another tube placed! Like so many others, we check your site many times a day for updates. We are lifting you up with many, many prayers today and every day. May 2006 find you at home with good health for all.


We still think of you all every day and are looking forward to the time when those tubes can start coming out.


Not very many of us mom's look forward to the day when our child can complain, but in this situation, we are all sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting to hear what Anni's FIRST complaint is going to be! And so many things to choose from, where would she start! Good luck to you, Moreena, and your beautiful girls, and wonderful husband. May this year bring less excitement, and more enjoyment!Crystal


I too hope she will be off the vent sooner than they think. We had a chest tube as well but Moira wasn't on the vent at the time. She was four and didn't complain about it specifically(she was pretty bothered by everything). It became just one more thing to attach to her wheel chair. I can't even imagine not being able to complain! A New Year wish for Annika...renewed health. Sending prayers.


Here's hoping that Annika can get off that vent soon, and that that will be a start to a quick recovery.

Becca, Jason, & Natalie

All I can say is that I am with you in spirit, my friend. We will be there Thursday, please email me if there is ANYTHING you need us to bring.


Moreena, we are happy to be the ears that hear you voice your grievances and we can't wait to hear Annika voice hers. I hope the docs manage to maintain a good sedation cocktail that works for Annika a while longer until she can start getting rid of some of those tubes (so hard for you to see her uncomfortable). Each day is another step towards that. Take care.


Hoping and praying that you get to hear that little voice complaining (and singing, and laughing, and everything) sooner than they even think is possible. She seems to be full of surprises all the time, so I think she has it in her! :)One of the many, many keeping watch from the other side of the computer...Norah

Yankee T

Good lord. She deserves a good whine. Bless you, all of you.


Moreena,Been trying to call you. I guess I keep missing you. Know that I've been trying, though. Thanks for posting messages on my blog. Give Anni (and Frankie) kisses from us Martins. Hugs to you and Joerg. Call me if you have a free moment, otherwise I'll keep trying.


I also hope that Annika gets off the vent soon. I can't wait to hear what she has to say about all of the events that have happened to her recently...and she has every right to whine as much as she wants:) We're thinking about you all!! Hope there are no more bunnies hiding in Annika's hat.

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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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