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.

Friday, January 13, 2006

see no evil

Annika has spent the past 48 hours refusing to open her eyes. When the child psychologist came by on her morning visit to Annika she asked her, "Annika, does the light hurt your eyes?" Annika, after a few seconds shook her head and squeezed her eyes tighter. In a little whisper she answered, "The monsters hurt my eyes." Still I think we are making progress on the hallucinations front, and now she is mainly scared because she remembers the things that she has seen. On the good news front, the glorious and unexpected and wonderful news front, Annika was closed yesterday! OK, not completely closed, but closed enough that when she runs her hands down her tummy she finds a smooth patch of skin only interrupted by a neat line of gauze-covered staples. The transplant surgeon called in the plastic surgery service because he suspected she would need a skin graft to close her. But the plastics team was able to find enough viable skin to make the closure. They were even able to close the upper layer of the fascia, although the muscle and second level of the fascia under that are still open. So she has a rather large hernia across her tummy, but we'll take that over gaping wounds any day, thank you very much. The closure was so neatly done that I inquired whether we might get in plastic surgery to close her after every surgery. I think Annika's neat-streak is going to be very satisfied.


Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

So happy to hear the good news!

I hope that Annika's monsters fade and are soon forgotten. Thinking of you all!

1/13/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very very happy to hear that Annika's wound is being closed.
Congratulation!!! I am looking forward to hear more good news.

Mom to Samson, BA, listed for transplant

1/13/2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

Sounds like things are headed in a good direction. I'm glad that she got the neat freak version of being sewn up!

1/13/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger corndog said...

Hooray for the wound closure! Meanwhile, I'll try to conjure up a long distance disappearing hex to take care of those monsters. Now where did I leave my eye of Newt?

Seriously, still beaming all sorts of good thoughts your way.

1/13/2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Oh BLESS her! She is so practical...The solution to seeing monsters is to keep your eyes closed. Love it. Lots of prayers from here that the monsters are now running for cover, and congratulations on the departure of the gaping wound. So glad that the plastics guys did a good job.

1/13/2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger candace said...

Oh, what wonderful news!!! I literally let out a huge sigh. I can't imagine how you feel! Sorry you are still fighting the monsters, though. Soon they'll go back where they came from, for good! I'm with "corndog", as the kids and I have been reading a lot of Harry Potter, we'll come up with some kind of spell!

1/13/2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Im so sorry she is so afraid. I pray the monstors go away!

GREAT news on the closure. She should be getting our care package soon, we sent to the Kolhs house!!! Hope she likes it! We think of you often!!!

1/13/2006 10:32 AM  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Hope that the monsters are soon banished, and that good news continues!

1/13/2006 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Oh yay! I'm so happy to hear that Anni's wound is closed.

You are still always in my prayers. Take care!!

1/13/2006 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

I am very happy for you guys! Now hopefully there won't be such a great chance of infection! I hope Annika fights off her monsters and opens her eyes soon! She sounds like a tough kid, I am sure she can kick some monster butt! You are still in our prayers! God Bless you!

1/13/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger ccw said...

So happy to hear the good news about the closure.

I hope that the monsters soon fade from her mind.

1/13/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Hooray for closure!

Assvice on the monster front: A spray bottle filled with nice-smelling water. "Monster Repellant". Spray it around the room everywhere, corners, under the bed, around the doors.

Much love to you all.

1/13/2006 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Miriam said...

So wonderful to hear some good news, and I really hope those monsters leave Annika alone soon.

1/13/2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

That's such wonderful news!!

1/13/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

I am so happy she is closed, and you can take the time to fight the monsters together.

My prayers and hugs are with you, as always!

1/13/2006 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Becca, Jason and Natalie Ketter said...

Yeah for a neat closure (That line of staples is probably better than that crooked one that Dr. Superina did)!!!! Yeah for the plastics team. Yeah for Anni!!!!

Boo for the monsters. They need to leave her alone.

Much love and prayers to you.

1/13/2006 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So good to smile a little while reading your posts...I'm glad things are headed in the right direction!

1/13/2006 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

Oh yay Moreena! That is fabulous! So happy for you!

1/13/2006 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Sabrina and family said...

We are so happy to hear that. We were just praying that she would not need another surgery to do a skin graft. What a huge relief that must be for you and Annika. We will continue to pray/hope that this is just the beginning of a good news streak. And hope the monsters fade fast.
Tell Anni that Sabrina loves her and wishes she could be there to fight off those monsters.
May the good news keep coming!

1/13/2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am so glad to hear that Annika was able to be closed. I hope that she is able to open her eyes again soon and forget about the monsters!

1/13/2006 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I'm glad she's making progress. Here's hoping she keeps moving forward (and the monsters go away for good!)

1/13/2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Bettie Bookish said...

Wonderful news about all the progress. Here's a big wish for even more of it to come your way.

Hugs and prayers.

1/13/2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

We'll take all the wonderful news we can get, and that is indeed wonderful news. And the straight and even stitches are also lovely. I add my wishes to the group that the monsters disappear immediately.

1/13/2006 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear about the stomach being mostly closed. I hope that the monsters go away soon what a scary thing for such a little one continued thoughts and prayers. tabitha logans mom

1/13/2006 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Robyn, Emma's mom said...

So glad for good news!

1/14/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Sarahlynn said...

Is it possible that the hernia might resolve itself? Hopefully it won't require another surgery . . .

Here's hoping that the detox process and the associated monsters disapear SOON.

And, hooray! for the wound closure! Yay! No vent! No open wound! Not counting the nasal canula, how many tubes? We should be doing a countdown . . .

1/14/2006 11:55 AM  
Blogger Shelli said...

That is so awesome! Yay, Anni! The monsters are gone now, sweetie, you can open your eyes!

1/14/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger ocelot said...

Yay! So glad to hear of the closure. Hope she enjoys opening her eyes again soon!

1/14/2006 1:46 PM  
Anonymous moirasmom said...

You could sell her monsters on e-bay.

Seriously, I pray that they are soon forgotten. Your love will conquer the monsters.

1/14/2006 10:12 PM  

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