Annika's bleeding appears to have stopped. At least, there's been no blood in her stool since 6 pm yesterday evening. So the doctors have stopped the octreotide (the medicine that stops the bleeding), and have let her begin to drink again. Plus, there's been ice cream. Plenty of ice cream. It turns out that she won't have to be NPO (nothing by mouth) until after her surgery after all. She'll be able to have a liquid diet until the day before her surgery, when she'll go back to nothing in preparation for the anesthesia.
We are preparing to move out of the PICU and up to the regular floor for the night. If there's still no sign of bleeding by tomorrow afternoon, we'll head for the Kohl's House across the street from the hospital to wait for her surgery. Although she will be getting her IV nutrition through her new PICC line 24 hours a day, she should be able to get out and take walks, and maybe even go over to the zoo down the street (OK, maybe I need to double-check with the doctors about that one). In any case, it should be a vast improvement in her quality of life, even with no thanksgiving turkey. I also hope that we might be able to bring Frankie and my mom up for a visit. If not, I will probably take the train down to visit them while Jörg stays with Annika. Frankie sounds like she is doing very well with my mother, but I still miss her.
I've gotten a couple of requests for an address to send cards. Annika would love that. Like most 5-year-olds, she is a mail junkie. I think the best thing would be to send them to the Kohl's House. Here's the address:
2422 N. Orchard
Chicago, Illinois 60614
OK, back downstairs. Jörg is home grading papers, and although there is a volunteer staying with Annika in the room, she gets a little nervous if we're gone too long.