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, June 02, 2006

Dear Readers of this Blog

(should there be any left), Everything is OK. Well, Annika's labs still show that her liver is failing. She's started a new drug to try and lower her ammonia levels, which were screwing with her little brain and turning her into an incredibly sleepy and totally drunk-sounding almost kindergartner. Today she's getting an intramuscular vitamin K injection to try and lower her bleed times. We took a last-minute trip to Indiana on Wednesday, showing the girls the little chapel on the campus of IU where we got married, then heading up to Indianapolis to see the zoo and loll about in a hotel pool. I got all weepy during the dolphin show, where we were surrounded by hundreds of children all breathless with delight while Annika wiggled around on my lap, unable to get comfortable, and clearly not enjoying herself. "Let's just get out of here," she whispered into my ear. Mainly, I'm just wiped out trying to keep up with my required 5 posts a week over at my new blog. Over there, it's clear that the point of the job is to get as many clicks as possible and there has been some discussion on ways to increase readership on the private discussion board for the other ClubMom bloggers. Some of the suggestions have been things like "doing memes" (or "not doing memes," the field is divided on that issue) and writing "short posts with breezy content." I think I am going to have to take up the short posts idea, just because, well, they take less time. But I'm still trying to think about "breezy." When I sent in my application, I pointed out that my topic was probably not the kind of stuff they were looking for. It's not that I'm more "serious" or whatever. It's just that I'm not sure it's the kind of thing moms looking for an escape and a fun read are going to gravitate towards. It's probably not the kind of thing that inspires readers to click on advertising, unless it's advertising for the latest, greatest anti-depressant. I did just post a shorter entry about Frankie and an M&M disaster, but really it has nothing to do with my assigned topic "Children's Health and Diseases." (BREEZY!!!!) Anyway, so thanks for asking, Tina.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Genevieve said...

Still here! Been following you over at Club Mom, almost daily, though not commenting. Was SO glad to see the more recent post about Annika doing better.

6/02/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Hmm . . . the link isn't sending me over to your new blog, and I don't see the link to the new blog on your homepage that's usually there . . .

6/02/2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Moreena said...

genevieve,
thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed now.

And the other link is still over on the sidebar, I hope.

Also, yes, the new med's have helped her symptoms quite a bit, but they don't stop the liver from deteriorating. Which is a bit of a bummer.

6/02/2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Moreena, I've not commented for ages but we're still here, still thinking of you all and still praying.
Annika is on the list that gets prayed every single day in church,- and I often focus specially on her when I'm presiding at the Eucharist. I've told my congregation her story and they often ask for news. So sorry that the liver is still not co-operating...hope new meds make life a bit more manageable for Anni and you try to get her through the safety period in good shape. Please give both your girls a hug from their English admirers,- and try to give yourself a chance to breathe and rest just once in a while.
Blessings x

6/02/2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

I've been reading your other blog, too, but not commenting. But if they are looking for clicks on advertisments, well, I won't be much help there.

Still praying for Annika here, too.

6/02/2006 12:09 PM  
Anonymous claire said...

uHere and there, y'all are on my mind. Sending loving and positive thoughts your way, as ever.
~YT~

6/02/2006 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Like probably everyone else, I've been reading both blogs. I hope Annika is doing better after her newest treatment.

6/02/2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Coulter said...

I've been reading the other blog too! Did anyone actually expect you to write short breezy posts on Annika's health situation? I hope the Vitamin K shots help things...

6/02/2006 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!!!! Of course we are still reading! And no thanks are necessary - I (and many others) have come to love Anni (and Frankie et al) and we truly MISS when you do not post and I'm sure I am not the only one (I'm not am I????!!!) who worries when you don't post for a while. So don't you forget that missy!!! LOL

I can understand you may not feel like posting at times and don't feel like you need to be all cheery - just keep us updated as how you all are doing. BECAUSE I AM A WORRY WART OF THE WORST KIND!!! LOL

Thinking of you all and prayers go out for your family and our special little Anni. (((hugs)))

tina

6/02/2006 2:34 PM  
Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

I read both blogs, too. I know this workign out of the house thing is important to you. Would it help your status if we clicked more often, or clicked on advertisements ----I'm all about manipulating the system on your behalf.

6/02/2006 4:09 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Definitely still here, and also following the new blog.

Curious Girl doesn't like the dolphin shows at all--she thinks they are way too loud. When the people at the front of the zoo ask if we want dolphin show tickets, she looks at them with stunned disbelief, like "why would anyone want that noisy thing?"

6/02/2006 7:54 PM  
Blogger LoriLaurieLauri said...

I guess I should comment more, but I read your blog all the time! I think my brain just freezes, because I wish I could say something that would make it all better, but of course there is nothing. But I am thinking of you and your family and sending positive thoughts out into the universe daily!

6/02/2006 9:21 PM  
Anonymous sheryl, justice's mom said...

Moreena, we will always be here and now there. But I too have been bad about posting, usually have a four year old jockeying for keyboard time and a two month old on my lap. Know that we keep Anni in our prayers, Justice has her (and Aiden) at the top of his "liver friends" list of fixes for God every night. :)

6/02/2006 10:02 PM  
Blogger profanglophilia said...

I agree, tell us how to help you keep the ClubMom gig. I read over there (as well as here, clearly) and comment when I can, but I'm happy to click away at the ads if that's what'll help you keep your day job. I love having the more frequent updates, even if they are breezy M&M stories (which was beautifully written, by the way).

If you're struggling for content over there and can take the time to write it, I'd love to hear about how Frankie copes with Anni's situation. You've written about how hard the absenses are on her, but I'm curious how much she understands about Anni's condition and how that affects the dynamics. I realize that's kind of personal, perhaps more personal and introspective than you want to get on a blog... but I'm well into my second glass of wine and feeling brave about asking! (Feel free to tell me to mind my own business!)

6/02/2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

I've been reading every day, wherever it is you post. Just not commenting on the new blog.

I'm trying to think of how you'd construct a breezy post on Annika's liver deteriorating. Oy. Whatever they're paying you over there, you deserve twice as much. Combat pay, really.

6/02/2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

mrs. coulter - probably not, I don't think so. I was pretty upfront about it all. But on the other hand they are also just trying to figure out what actually works for them best, too, I suppose. And for them, they want engaged readers by the thousands. Every. Day. Wow. So I don't feel at all like they were expecting me to do something different than what I already do. It's just a question of whether that was *really* what they wanted. And, just so you know, everyone from ClubMom has been super-friendly.

6/02/2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

profanglophilia - I think that is a great idea for a post. It's always a bit harder with Frankie because she's not really able to express herself the way Annika does, but sometimes she will do things and I will think, "Hmmm. Is that because of Annika and our strange family dynamic?"

6/02/2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Everyone - Thank you for the kind wishes for my continued employment (and for Eucharist and prayers and all healthy wishes). I don't actually think that advertising clicks are the crux of the matter, just eyes. So, if you're clicking over, then you've already been counted.

I hate to sound all insecure, but I've never really thought about things like increasing traffic before and I have to say it doesn't seem like the best idea for me to actually concoct ways to do that. Because I would be bad at it. Plus I feel all bad that I've gotten behind on everyone else's blogs because of spending so much time writing these long long posts which may not have been the best idea in the first place.

Off to go see if I can do some catch-up reading.

Again, thank you.

6/02/2006 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Tammy, Janna's mom said...

Just checking in...wanting you to know that we are keeping Annika and all of you in our prayers.

6/06/2006 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moreena,i love all of your post here or at the club moms.You are a very gifted writer-you can put into words that the rest of can really relate to.
You should write a novel about your family.
I,too am a liver Mom(my daughter is 19,dx since 12).
I hope things settle down some for Annika.

6/08/2006 9:44 PM  
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