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.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

PICU blues

Yes, we've got 'em. Annika is moving back downstairs to the PICU. Her bleeding increased quite a bit overnight, and it looks like she needs more intravenous access and more frequent labs and closer monitoring. Yuck and damn. Not much else to say.


Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...


2/04/2006 3:33 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Will poor Annika ever get a break? Prayers for the bleeding to stop! You are in our thoughts always.

2/04/2006 4:13 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

Oh Moreena,I am feeling so bad for you guys, you needed the break and then wham, your back to the hosp.I am praying so much for little Annika and her special mommy. Hang in there...its gotta get better soon.
colleen (spencers gramma)

2/04/2006 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn. Prayers continue.


2/05/2006 12:28 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

About to go up to take will get everyone praying their socks off. So long for things to be better for you all. Much love xx

2/05/2006 1:37 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Well, damn! You know we're still here hoping and praying for y'all.

2/05/2006 4:51 AM  
Blogger liz said...

You are in my prayers. Always.

2/05/2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger DevilMacDawg said...

I'm so sorry. I don't know what to say - I pray for you. Hugs for all of you.

2/05/2006 6:53 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

poor baby! im so sorry, but know were praying real hard for your fast recovery, and for some answers!!! we love you sweetie!

2/05/2006 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

(((Moreena & Annika)))

2/05/2006 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying...

Frank (Marisa's Dad)

2/05/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Judy Thompson said...

I am so sorry that Annika is having another problem. Will be praying for the bleeding to stop.

2/05/2006 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are sending huge amounts of prayers and happy thoughts.

tigerlily and crystal

2/05/2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger CLMama said...

Man, I am so sorry - continuously. This is not the news I hoped to read when checking in on you guys...continued prayers...

2/05/2006 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Marisa said...

Well shit! Know I think of you guys everyday! HUGS!

2/05/2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Jane Dark said...

Boy, I was really hoping not to read this development. Hugs.

2/05/2006 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Jill W said...

Just feeling frustrated and worried for you guys- We know Annika is strong in spirit- we just need to get the doctors to figure out what needs to be done to help her- Continueing our positive thoughts and prayers for ALL of you!

2/05/2006 10:05 AM  
Anonymous moirasmom said...

Sending many prayers. They have got to have something up their sleeves...

2/05/2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous geneva said...

I'm so sorry. Holding Annika and your whole family in the light.

2/05/2006 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Stacy - Tanner's mom said...

Oh Moreena & Annika -

I am so sorry. I really wish that they could get this figured out for you guys. It's always the not knowing that is the worst. Tell me what the problem is & how we fix - and us liver moms can hold it together. It's the living in fear and anxiety of wondering what is going to happen that is a killer.

We're praying for you guys - and the doctors so that they can FINALLY get this figured out!

2/05/2006 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Shit. Sorry to here that. Hope the doctors get things figured got soon and Anni gets a break. Hoping and Praying for you as always

2/05/2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Yuck and Damn is right! As always, you are in my prayers! Good luck, and hopefully you won't be there very long!

2/05/2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

I'm so sorry! You both remain in my prayers. Know that we care about you and are sending good thoughts your way.

2/05/2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger moxiemomma said...

it may be time to start using the F word. i'm so sorry, moreena. i hope they find the source of this bleeding and can get Anni healthy and back home with great speed.

2/05/2006 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Robyn, Emma's mom said...

I'm so sorry, Moreena.

2/05/2006 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More prayers for Annika. Long distance hugs and healing thoughts heading your way.


2/05/2006 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/05/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

It seems even worse because the way back to normal life at home was so close. And because the last screen seemed to indicate far less danger from the varices.
All my best wishes for Annika. And hope that with the new week the doctors will know how to deal with these new bleeds.

2/05/2006 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl, Justice's mom said...

Suck. Not that you guys haven't talked about absolutely everything but a port-a-cath was the only procedure that I looked forward to with least then they had solid access to sedate him when he needed more!

Praying for less "exciting" days for you and Anni. Hugs to you all

2/05/2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

This sucks. I am SO sorry. Sh*t!

2/05/2006 4:19 PM  
Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

I'm so sorry.

2/05/2006 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Kim, mom to Sami and Kyle said...

Shit... sorry, but that is what I am feeling right now... oh I will keep Annika in my prayers.

2/05/2006 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Shelley (Caroline's Mom) said...

Damn. Yuck. Many prayers coming to your from Virginia...

2/05/2006 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Thinking of you, Moreena. I hope and pray that they get this bleeding under control and Annika is feeling better real soon.

2/05/2006 9:20 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

I am so sorry! I hope and pray that this is a brief PICU stay and that they find and resolve the cause!

2/05/2006 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Joanna said...

Oh Moreena - I am so so sorry that Annika is back in the PICU. Is she back on the octreotide? Have they tried the red blood cell tagging scan to try to see where it's coming from (not that it ever worked with Jess as the bleeding had always stopped by the time they got around to that)? Could it be related to the latest surgery instead of those blasted varices? I know you don't have the answers or time to answer but we are sending much love and healing Annika's way and thinking of you as always.

2/05/2006 9:41 PM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

I'm just so sad.

2/05/2006 10:00 PM  
Blogger Bettie Bookish said...

Moreena and Anni~

This isn't fair. This is shitty, shitty, shitty and terribly unfair. And I add my voice to the chorus of those hoping for, praying for and demanding better days very soon.

2/05/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Moreena, I shall not have internet access now until Thursday night, but will be thinking of all of you and praying so hard. Will light a candle in St Marks Venice for Anni.
Take care.
Many blessings and prayers xx

2/06/2006 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Moreena. I'm so sorry to hear. Thinking of you guys all the time.

xo Catherine

2/06/2006 6:42 AM  
Anonymous anni metz said...

i hadn't checked your blog in a few days... so sorry to hear you guys are back in the hospital! hope things improve quickly...

2/06/2006 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

So sorry, sending more good thoughts and prayers for a quick resolution. Also strength to you Moreena. Your nerves and emotions must be so frayed right now.

2/06/2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know we are all keeping Annika in our prayers and sending prayers of strength to you and your family.

(Jack's Mom)

2/06/2006 3:33 PM  
Anonymous grandmac said...

When we can't take a day at a time, we take a second at a time.

I'm so sorry for all you are going through and know that it is much harder to watch one's child go through pain and suffering than to go through it ourselves. I will be praying for healing and the bleeding to stop for Annika and for strength for you.

transplant recipient 2001

2/06/2006 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Becca, Jason, & Natalie said...

For those following Annika -

We were in the hospital too and were able to check up on Annika and her mommy. Moreena is remaining strong as ever. And Annkia remains the most polite and articulate 5 year old I've ever met.

When we left yesterday they were still in the PICU, but things were looking better.

2/07/2006 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Becca!

2/07/2006 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Dear Moreena,

I'm so sorry to hear this. As always, Anni is in my prayers. I keep praying for a miracle! You are all in my thoughts

God Bless,

2/07/2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Chantilly Lace said...

Dear Moreena and family,
You are all in my thoughts...stay strong, be positive and hope for the best. From what I've read, Anika is quite the little fighter...I send her all my strength to keep on fighting.

2/07/2006 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Becca for the update.

I am new here but Anni and Mom have found their way straight into my heart! Prayers continue for you...


2/08/2006 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Tammy & Janna said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers...

2/08/2006 11:25 AM  

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