One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Thursday, September 22, 2005


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!


Blogger Yankee T said...

Thinking of you.

9/22/2005 3:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Annika remains in our thoughts and prayers. That is cool about Ralph!

9/22/2005 4:18 PM  
Blogger Karen said...


Just thinking about Annika & wondering how the scoping & banding is going. Prayers for all to go well.

9/23/2005 3:44 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Prayers for Anni (and you, and the whole family)

9/23/2005 6:34 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

If you want to talk--we're still in Chicagoland!

9/23/2005 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers continuing. I hope all is going well. Cool beans re: Ralph!!


9/23/2005 7:08 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Yay, Ralph! Yay Julia!

I'm thinking of you all re: the banding and hope all goes well.

9/23/2005 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

I'm thinking of you, and wishing for a successful outcome. I read the link--it looks like a good surgery to have, and a good place to have it.

I'll be checking obsessively to see your update.

9/23/2005 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Becca, Jason and Natalie Ketter said...

We're praying for you. I hope all is well at CMH.

9/23/2005 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

Thinking of you gals and praying all goes well!

9/23/2005 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Hi Moreena,

You're all in my family's thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need anything (I'm not far!) or if Anni's up for 'guests' again!

Take care!

9/23/2005 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Jamie (CLASS)Liver Transplant 1988 said...

Thinking and praying for you.

9/26/2005 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

Still thinking about you--I hope everything went well and that you tell us all about it soon.

9/26/2005 6:49 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Still thinking of you, too. I hope all is well.

9/26/2005 9:51 AM  

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