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.

  1. Anonymous says:

    miss anni joy, I AM SO SORRY!!!! FEEL BETTER SOOON!!!! we are sending you all our get better thoughts.Rox, it has been an amazing week in chicago, and we have MISSED YOU!!! Manda and I keep talking about you and how we’re sorry you’re not here, how you would be thriving and elevating the celebrations. BUT! THAT SAID! I am also so glad to know you, and I thought of you during Obama’s speech, because while we were there with him in body, YOU are the ones who are closest to him in spirit–living the life of hope and of service. “To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    OMG! Will she have this in her system forever now? One of my greatest fears of you taking her there is now true! Poor baby, girl. What are the long term effects? I’m praying harder for you all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    šŸ™ Don’t like hearing my niece has Malaria…will definitely be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers to feel better asap.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Poor Anni! ;-( That kid is so darn amazing. So cute and smiley and charming. Sorry to learn of her illness. Good for you for spoiling her! With food and the Lion King! Hope you stay healthy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ohhh, little Annikah. I am so sorry you have been so sick. I will definitely pray for you every day that God will heal you and make you stronger. Hugs and kisses from Grandma. Roxanne – what is the prognosis?? Will the medicine heal her? And can she get malaria again and again??

  6. Anonymous says:

    oh baby. that does not sound fun šŸ™ but just think…when anni is in jr hi bragging about cool things she’s done she can proudly say that she survived the puke boat AND malaria šŸ™‚ love and bye bye malaria wishes to you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Poor litle girl! We’ll be praying for a full recovery for Miss Anni. Chocolate chip cookies always make me feel better, as well.I miss you girl, especially with the Christmas drinks coming out at Starbucks…makes me think of meeting up with you while I was hugely pregnant last year!Love,Laura

  8. Anonymous says:

    We are praying for miss Annikah!What is the medicine she gets?Hope she is feeling better!Love,Kim Wheaton & Family

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh no!! Robbie told me last night so I had to check for any updates on the blog. I hope she is feeling better soon. We’re definitely thinking of you! Poor Anni šŸ™

  10. Anonymous says:

    Poor Anni! Malaria sucks, but Anni is so fortunate to have 2 loving parents and the privilege to get meds. Tell the gmas that it prob won’t stay in her system bc the strain that is chronic is more in Western South Sudan and the Congo. I’m praying for the little cookie monster to get well soon!

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