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.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

and a little health update

Annika's ascites is worsening, and her albumin has dropped pretty low (1.7 for the liver families out there who appreciate specific lab values). Anni's Physical Therapist noted in this week's session that she was again out of breath after just standing for 5 minutes, probably due to the increased fluid in her abdomen. So Annika's GI called and said that we should plan on bringing her back to Chicago for a few days for a "tune-up": I.V. albumin with a lasix chaser until the ascites is back under control. They will also insert a needle into her belly to draw off some of the fluid to check for infection (in response to the mystery fever of last week). And, yes, they completely numb the area before the belly tap, so it's not a painful procedure. All in all, Annika is looking forward to checking in with her favorite Chicago doctors and nurses. She's already started piling things by the door that she wants to take with her. Jörg, the man who believes in packing weeks in advance of a trip, is so proud of her foresight.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Miche said...

Thinking of you and your beautiful family as you undertake the current challenges that await. Sending warm thoughts and *hugs*.

5/14/2006 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Mothers Day to one of the most dedicated, fiercly loving moms I know.....

Prayers for Annika every night....

5/14/2006 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a while since discovering it on Inner Dorothy.

I am leaving tomorrow to walk 218 miles on the medieval pilgrimage route of Saint James of Compostela. (I have already walked 250 miles in Spain and another 250 in France and am finishing the French chunk this time.)

I will keep all of you in my prayers as I walk, for I do walk this as a pilgrim.

5/14/2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Thank you, miche and the two anon's. And warm wishes for strength on your pilgrimage, anon #2.

5/14/2006 6:30 PM  
Anonymous chasmyn said...

What an amazing and strong little girl you have there. I can only imagine what she must be like in person - what a spirit!

5/14/2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger liz said...

Thinking of you all. Happy Mother's Day.

5/14/2006 8:56 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Just wanted to stop by and say "Happy Mother's Day", Moreena.

5/14/2006 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Kim F. said...

Congrats on the new job! You are such an amazing writer that this is right up your alley! I want you to know that I check in on your family on a regular basis. We are keeping Annika in our prayers and hope they get the ascites under control quickly.

Kim - mom to Sami and Kyle

5/15/2006 6:25 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

i'm so sad to hear that things are a bit off right now...i hope that Chicago has the necessary effect we need to get her back in good shape...She learns from her dad too i guess. It's better to be prepare ahead of time than to be rushed. And i'm sure it gives them both some sort of 'contro' over all the happenings. I'm hoping you guys enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day...good luck...

5/15/2006 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Claire said...

As always, all four of you are in my thoughts, lovingly.

5/15/2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Robyn, mom to Emma said...

Hoping that your tune-up goes well.

5/15/2006 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Moreena, best wishes your stay in Chicago is a short one and that the doctors are able to improve Anni's physical condition, even if it's only a temporary relieve from the effects of her ascites.
For your new blog or maybe just of general interest: apparently there's a new line in the discussion of organ-donation in Germany. The European academie has formed a group of 8 experts to discuss the problem, and their urgent suggestion is to change laws so that unless you declare officially you don't want to be an organ-donor, you are one automatically. (Surveys suggest 70% of the Germans are willing to donate theire organgs, but only a minor percentage has a donor card.) This suggestion would also spare the doctors to disturb loved ones in their grieve to discuss the question of organ donation.
I'm referring to the weekend issue of "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (Jörg will know the paper), page 11; but am sure it was reported in other papers as well. If the article is of any interest to Jörg, I could scan and mail it. I know it's only a German discussion at the moment, but wonder if the question is/was also an official issue in the USA?
All the best,
Hannah

5/16/2006 2:14 AM  
Blogger rocks said...

How great you can put the problems aside and be able to appreciate the little things that may drive you nuts but I am sure you love about your husband, that are now passed on to your little lady.
Good luck on your trip and don't forget everyone is praying for you.

5/16/2006 6:18 AM  
Blogger ccw said...

Thinking of you and your family!

Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

5/16/2006 8:24 AM  

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