because the poor kid has Malaria or at least we are pretty sure it is Malaria. Since the beginning stages of our plan to move here I have worried about the dreaded M-word and now that we are in the midst of it we are doing better than I thought. Long story short(ish)…..Annikah spiked a fever, although not as high as some kids that have Malaria about 4 days ago and we thought maybe it was just a bug that was going around. When she added body aches (indicated by her saying “tummy (leg, butt, etc) hurt mama” constantly), diarrhea, no appetite, and vomiting to her repertoire we thought more about the possibility of malaria and pricked her finger to test (a horrid act perpetrated by me because Jason was too much of a light weight to stick her with the small instrument or torture). The test came back negative so we waited it out another day and she seemed better. She even went to school that day as she had no fever and seemed to be back to her crazy self. Next morning she awoke crying and obviously feeling terrible again. That all but clinched it for us as Malaria is known for going away for a day and coming back with a vengeance. After calling a friend who has had three kids with Malaria and comparing symptoms we were pretty sure. We also realized that a cause for a negative blood test could be the anti-malaria drugs she has been on (that we will not be the spoken people for any time soon since the 600 dollar drugs did not help our baby girl out). So after realizing the dates for incubation would put us exactly on the dates we were in DAR and the Malaria is way worse on the mainland we decided to treat her. She is feeling better and seems to be almost back to normal. We all ditched school yesterday, we watched Lion King on our computer while snuggling in bed, followed by eating jello for lunch and chocolate chip cookies for dinner. She may be sick but it is not stopping Annikah….please pray for her though as it is rough to be sick.