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October 10, 2008


If you need me to dig through the laundry cart for some soft towels, I will. Praying for Annika.


Stable is good, better than good actually. How are you after a night of rest. I hope you were able to sleep and that Joerg is now doing the same.

Thanks for the update. Thinking of you and your sweet little chicken.


thinking of you and your lovely daughter this morning....
sending my best thoughts.


Glad to read the night was stable (relatively, that is).

Still, the PICU sounds so hard. I've spent two weeks sitting next to my father in an ICU this summer, but a Pedriatic Unit and to watch your daughter hooked up must be so very, very much harder.

The family of Annika's donor has been in my thoughts a lot these past 48 hours. I hope the thought that through their decision another child (possibly several other children) gets the chance to live might in some strange way be of comfort, even in a situation where any comfort might be impossible.


Warming lights sound comfy and cozy. Glad to hear that things are going well. Did you sleep?

Peace to the donor family. While I would donate my children's organs in a second, I can't imagine a more devastating form to have to sign.

You forgot to mention that down the road the new liver will give Anni the chance to complain bitterly over the new scar and how it detracts from her bikini-clad, teen-aged figure! I can't wait for that blog post!


Oh, so glad to hear that the night was relatively uneventful - and you seem a lot more refreshed. I'm so glad for you all, and still hoping things just get better and better.

I truly believe that if the donor's family could read your story, they would be so proud of the gift their loved one has been able to give.


Always thinking of you guys. I am going to life source today, hopefully they will take a walk in since the one by me doesn't ever look busy, if not I am scheduling an appointment.


Still here, still praying. Moreena, please let me know if you need anything!
Love, Lauren


We'll give blood, too.

Keri (Auburn Gal Always)

One step at a time. That's how she will get through this. She's a VERY strong little girl and God is with her, giving her strength. He's with you and giving you courage and peace. He's with the doctors and nurses, giving them wisdom and skill and confidence.

Prayers, hugs, love.


Stable. Stable. Very good. Very good.


Stable is good.

I hope things continue to improve. I also hope Joerg is getting some sleep now.

And I hope the donor family gets at least a modicum of peace in knowing that the gift is so appreciated.


Wow. You paint quite a picture with words here. NO parent should ever have to stare at a surgeons shoes wondering if it's their baby's blood down there. Now if her blood will just stay IN there where we want it to stay...Praying extra hard here in the mile high City, love Bobby and Sharon

Mary O.

I whsh peace and comfort to your family and the donor family. I again, as I do often, thank God for Dr. Superina. His hands are truely touched by God.
My prayers to all.


Continuing in prayer.


Keeping your family and the donor's in my thoughts and prayers.


Everyone already said it, better than I.


So glad of an update...Stable is good...hang on in there, Annika.
We're all praying for you here, and for the donor's family too.
Much love and many blessings

kiersten from book club

continued thanks for the updates; you are all still in our prayers and thoughts


It's funny the things we see in those moments... the shoes... So glad it was a stable night. We called those lights the "french fry lights!" I think the donor family will know the gift they have given. I'm sure that kind thoughts and prayers will find them and they will just know.


Stable is so, so good... She's a tough cookie, that girl of yours.

I am also thinking of the donor family, praying for them. I think, somewhere deep down, they know that somebody somewhere is getting a second (3rd) chance at life because of their child. That knowledge will comfort them someday.


Still praying...

kathy a.

glad anni is stable; and hope that things start settling down a little. xoxoxo

Lisa V

Thank you for updating. Thinking of the donor family too.

Phantom Scribbler

So glad to hear the update, and hoping that the donor's family finds some small comfort in the tremendous gift they have given.

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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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