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.