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, March 04, 2006


We are back home. Annika's labs were repeated on Wednesday evening, on the off-chance that the rapidly rising enzymes were actually a lab error, but they actually came back even higher. So, no error. But the ultrasound showed no change from the previous study, meaning no new blood clot and her shunt is still open and functioning. Rejection might be another possibility, but, as Dr. Alonso pointed out, she doesn't have much history of rejection (the only really bad episode was when they completely stopped her immunosuppression to battle PTLD). And doing a biopsy is no simple matter for her, since they have to do a transjugular because of her bleeding issues (that's where they thread a needle through the jugular in her neck down to her liver and biopsy from the vessel). It could be something viral, but she is showing absolutely no symptoms of fighting a viral infection. Thus, no telling why her liver was suddenly looking unhappy in the bloodwork. But on the way home, happy to be headed back but still stewing over the unknown cause for the sudden jump in her numbers, I remembered that Annika recently received her 5-year vaccinations, including the live (but weakened) MMR. That might be enough to explain the sudden jump, although we've never seen such a dramatic reaction to vaccines before. We'll take that explanation, though, over any other. I wish I'd thought of it earlier. There might have been more sleeping going on around here. More to come on insurance updating and million-dollar-medical care, but right now I have a bedroom to rearrange.


Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

I'm glad your back home.

I guess Anni's package hadn't shown up yet? Oh well.

3/04/2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news!! Whew!

Mary, Ayden's grandma

3/04/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Very glad to hear that you're home rearranging the bedroom!

3/04/2006 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furniture arranging...GREAT!!! Will take that over hospital stays any old day! Glad you're home!

3/04/2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Andrea/beanie baby, sadly, no. But you know we'll be back there soon.

3/04/2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger moxiemomma said...

yay! home again!!

3/04/2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Shelli said...

Thank the Lord for the somewhat reassuring news!

3/04/2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger ccw said...

Glad to hear you are home.

3/04/2006 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...


Next time, then.

3/04/2006 6:33 PM  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

So glad you're home! Have fun rearranging!

3/04/2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Well, that sounds like a likely culprit. I sure hope it is. Glad you're home.

3/04/2006 7:50 PM  
Anonymous kathy a said...

((( moreena )))

it is great you are back home!

no idea how to evaluate the bloodwork, except it sounds scary, maybe you hit on the variable that the docs missed [the vaccination] and annika is ok otherwise -- and, you get to be home, arranging furniture and doing regular family things. xoxoxoxoo

3/04/2006 8:04 PM  
Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

A bedroom to rearrange? Is t his Annika Feng Shui?

3/04/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Here's to a newly arranged happy bedroom, then. And needless to say I hope the puzzling liver results resolve on their own. I'm glad you're home.

3/04/2006 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Miche said...

So good to hear you're back home. Good thinking regarding the vacciniation. Here's hoping!

3/05/2006 7:23 AM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

I totally love rearranging rooms! It's like moving only not obnoxious. Glad you're home...

3/05/2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

Thank goodness! Let's hope that is indeed the cause of the elevated levels. Makes perfect sense to me!

Welcome back home!

3/05/2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger candace said...

Glad you are home and rearranging things. It can really get the chi flowing! Hugs to you all.

3/06/2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Glad to hear that Annika is home! The more days at home the better!

3/06/2006 4:18 PM  

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