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January 10, 2006


Phantom Scribbler

What a brilliant idea to make the tent. I hope it helps shield Annika from all the monsters and demons of this experience.Thinking of you, Annika, and your family constantly.


Also hoping the tent helps with the monsters and that the positive thoughts of pixies all over the world are helping however they can.


Oh Moreena, my god. I'm so glad that Annika's returned to you, but sorry it's so terribly difficult for her right now. And for you. That tent truly was a brainstorm--how creative you continue to be! I can't tell you how much I admire that.Love to all of you there.xo Catherine


And what patience you're using as you try to talk her through her fears.I hope the tent is restful.And what spirit and will she has.

Becca, Jason, & Natalie

God Bless Genny. And you too Moreena. Oh, Moreena tears are heavily streaming, I must tell you. Your words have me reliving stuff about our (short by comparisson) PICU stay. I pray, pray, pray that the bears (unless they are Nataliebear's) and the fires go out very soon. Much love to you all,


aw, poor baby. I hope it gets better soon. Thanks for writing. And I'm beaming you my magic dust that will make the tent a super-duper protective monster, goo, bears, fire, dryers and even seal repellant shelter!

Rev Dr Mom


Tammy & Janna

I hope the hallucinations stop soon and both of you can get some rest. We are thinking of both of you and hoping every day is an easier journey.


Oh, poor thing. You too Moreena. I can't imagine what that must be like for the both of you, the things Annika is seing, and also the heartache you must feel for her. Prayers that things will improve. That was great of Genny!


That is horrible. I am so sorry. Advice...make everything feel as safe and small as you can. The tent is excellent. Then distract, distract, distract...with as little stimuli as possible. Things like reminscing over calm and happy memories with lots of sensory details. It should help somewhat.(By the way, I am not a professional. But I did run a free first aid bus on Dead tour for 2 years in my early 20s. So I know a little bit about freakouts.)


You're all in my thoughts. I'm praying they can find some other magic something to take away the bears and the fire and the monsters and the goo. Meantime, is there anything at all that YOU need, Moreena? Anything those of us out here could provide or offer? Please let us know.You're all constantly in my thoughts. Norah


I am so sorry that she has real and imagined fears. That poor sweetie! I am also relieve to hear that you all can fix it--help her slay the monsters and soothe her...You are an amazing mom.May Anni rest easy, and my prayers are with you, as always.

Jane Dark

Oh, I am sorry that this is so terrifying. You are all in my heart and in my prayers.


That is really cool! I hope that soon they can get her off all of those mood altering drugs so that she can stop hallucinating and be her sweet self with no fears! God bless you all again.


This is all so awful, so scary. I hope this passes soon, very very soon.Hugs to all of you.

Stacy - Tanner's mom

Moreena - Thinking and praying for you guys.


Oh, geez, Moreena. Thinking of you and Anni and the rest of the family.


Does she know what a dream catcher is? Would she be able to understand it or would it just be another unfamiliar and scary thing?


moreena, not much i can say, except to admire the strength that annika, yourself, your husband, frankie, and the rest of those who are supporting y'all have. and the tent. absolutely brilliant idea. absolutely brilliant.


I hope the monsters disappear soon, and that she enjoys the tent a lot.


Big hugs from me too. I hope the tent works.

Beanie Baby

Oh, poor Annika.With all she's been through it's little wonder she's seeing monsters. I hope this is short-lived--is it the withdrawal?

Kim, mom to Sami and Kyle

Moreena - I am so glad Annika is doing better and off the vent. I hope the hallucination pass (my mom had the same problem after her transplant in ICU) and Anni continues to improve rapidly. I am looking forward to the day you tell us she is discharged to a regular floor and then on her way HOME! You and Jorg are so amazing... the way you have kept your sense of humor during this difficult time. I really admire you. Someday Anni will tell you how grateful she is that you are her parents.Gods blessings for continued and speedy recovery for Anni.


Oh that poor baby! Hallucinations?!! How unfair! She has been through so much. I know she will get through this too. It breaks my heart to think of her so scared. The tent is a GREAT idea - I'm glad it helped.My prayers continue for you all - Moreena - I know this must be wearing you out. I'm hoping your next post will bring better news!tina


how awful. I've seen an adult friend hallucinating after a bad mix of anti-depressives and alcohol, and although of course she had the knowledge that hallucinations exist, it was impossible to calm her. How much worse for a child, a nightmare without being able to wake up! It sounds nearly unbearable to watch that, and for days and days.My best wishes for you both.(Hannah)

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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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