We're leaving this afternoon for the next round of banding. Jörg finally heard from the surgeon, who said that Anni's CTA looks like she will be a candidate for a Rex shunt
, but that he can't say for certain until he opens her up and has a look inside. He wants to wait on the surgery until after this last round of banding so that the varices
are not quite so ripe and ready to bleed, so we'll talk scheduling after they have a look in her esophagus tomorrow.
While Annika is in the hospital this time, there is a chance that Ralph Covert
(of Ralph's World fame
- there's even a message board
for groupies!) will stop by to visit her and sing a few songs. Nothing's certain yet, but it's pretty great that he's even considering it. The man is on a tour of exhausting proportions
right now. I've mentioned Ralph
before, and Annika will be so very excited if she gets to see him. If you have kids and you're not listening to Ralph's World with them... OK, I don't know how to finish that conditional without using the word "poopyhead" (only a few hours sleep last night, thanks Frankie!), but Ralph is pretty great. Even without kids.
Finally...Julia, if you stop by, here's the post
I was telling you about. Thanks for the great haircuts!