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January 13, 2006


Phantom Scribbler

So happy to hear the good news!I hope that Annika's monsters fade and are soon forgotten. Thinking of you all!


I am very very happy to hear that Annika's wound is being closed. Congratulation!!! I am looking forward to hear more good news.Sandy,Mom to Samson, BA, listed for transplant


Sounds like things are headed in a good direction. I'm glad that she got the neat freak version of being sewn up!


Hooray for the wound closure! Meanwhile, I'll try to conjure up a long distance disappearing hex to take care of those monsters. Now where did I leave my eye of Newt? Seriously, still beaming all sorts of good thoughts your way.


Oh BLESS her! She is so practical...The solution to seeing monsters is to keep your eyes closed. Love it. Lots of prayers from here that the monsters are now running for cover, and congratulations on the departure of the gaping wound. So glad that the plastics guys did a good job.


Oh, what wonderful news!!! I literally let out a huge sigh. I can't imagine how you feel! Sorry you are still fighting the monsters, though. Soon they'll go back where they came from, for good! I'm with "corndog", as the kids and I have been reading a lot of Harry Potter, we'll come up with some kind of spell!


Im so sorry she is so afraid. I pray the monstors go away!GREAT news on the closure. She should be getting our care package soon, we sent to the Kolhs house!!! Hope she likes it! We think of you often!!!

Rev Dr Mom

Hope that the monsters are soon banished, and that good news continues!


Oh yay! I'm so happy to hear that Anni's wound is closed. You are still always in my prayers. Take care!!


I am very happy for you guys! Now hopefully there won't be such a great chance of infection! I hope Annika fights off her monsters and opens her eyes soon! She sounds like a tough kid, I am sure she can kick some monster butt! You are still in our prayers! God Bless you!


So happy to hear the good news about the closure.I hope that the monsters soon fade from her mind.


Hooray for closure!Assvice on the monster front: A spray bottle filled with nice-smelling water. "Monster Repellant". Spray it around the room everywhere, corners, under the bed, around the doors.Much love to you all.


So wonderful to hear some good news, and I really hope those monsters leave Annika alone soon.


That's such wonderful news!!


I am so happy she is closed, and you can take the time to fight the monsters together.My prayers and hugs are with you, as always!

Becca, Jason and Natalie Ketter

Yeah for a neat closure (That line of staples is probably better than that crooked one that Dr. Superina did)!!!! Yeah for the plastics team. Yeah for Anni!!!!Boo for the monsters. They need to leave her alone.Much love and prayers to you.


So good to smile a little while reading your posts...I'm glad things are headed in the right direction!

Beanie Baby

Oh yay Moreena! That is fabulous! So happy for you!

Sabrina and family

We are so happy to hear that. We were just praying that she would not need another surgery to do a skin graft. What a huge relief that must be for you and Annika. We will continue to pray/hope that this is just the beginning of a good news streak. And hope the monsters fade fast. Tell Anni that Sabrina loves her and wishes she could be there to fight off those monsters.May the good news keep coming!


I am so glad to hear that Annika was able to be closed. I hope that she is able to open her eyes again soon and forget about the monsters!


I'm glad she's making progress. Here's hoping she keeps moving forward (and the monsters go away for good!)

Bettie Bookish

Wonderful news about all the progress. Here's a big wish for even more of it to come your way.Hugs and prayers.


We'll take all the wonderful news we can get, and that is indeed wonderful news. And the straight and even stitches are also lovely. I add my wishes to the group that the monsters disappear immediately.


I'm glad to hear about the stomach being mostly closed. I hope that the monsters go away soon what a scary thing for such a little one continued thoughts and prayers. tabitha logans mom

Robyn, Emma's mom

So glad for good news!

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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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