I know this is a blog about Sasha, but…I need to give you some news on our daughter, Rebecca. On January 4, Rebecca, who is a junior at UNC, left for a Semester abroad in London, studying computer science at King’s College. She had been having abdominal pain before she left, but had been checked out by a GI specialist and appeared to be much improved on antibiotics. However,  even on antibiotics she started getting worse, was unable to eat, lost about 7 pounds in two weeks, and was reaching the point where she felt too weak to get out of her dorm room. So around 1:30 am on Sunday morning Helen and I made the decision that she should just get herself to the airport, get on a plane back to the US, and we would take her to the hospital here. It took a major effort and intense pain for her to get  to the airport, but she arrived in Durham 4 pm on Sunday and Helen drove her straight to the Emergency Room. She was admitted, given iv morphine, etc. etc. So for the last 36 hours we have had two children in Duke Hospital. All indications are that Rebecca has something more routine than Sasha and will be able to go back to school in a few weeks. As a footnote, I would say that Sasha continues to improve, so the race is on to see which kid can get themselves discharged first…

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