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June 16th, 2008

a family update

Charis, Vinnie and Jillian were all over on Father's Day, when Vinnie -- because Charis has been ordered off her feet and Jillian is cooking impaired -- made steaks on the grill, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes for a Father's Day feast. We watched an episode of Gilmore Girls while eating, which I suppose is inappropriate considering there is no father in that TV family (unless you count the grandfather). In any case, the food was great, Vinnie helped with a couple of home repairs, and good times were had by all.

Charis has been diagnosed with preeclampsia, which is:

a condition unique to pregnancy in which a mother develops hypertension often associated with signs such as water retention and protein in the urine. The mother may have symptoms such as headache, edema and visual disturbances such as blurred vision, tunnel vision or sparkles of light in her visual field. In advanced cases, she may experience pain in the upper outer quadrant of the abdomen which signifies liver involvement.

In extreme cases, the woman may have seizures. Mothers and babies can die as a result of severe preeclampsia.


Yeah, that's encouraging. She's off work, now; She went to the hospital Saturday evening after developing a headache, but was released a short time later. Her due date is late July, but twins usually come early; all things considered, she's staying close to Parkview Hospital North and their neonatal intensive care unit.

Emily, meanwhile, seems happily adjusted to being back at her summer job in Missouri, although neither of us is thrilled with the separation. She's already managed to get bitten by a horse, and by an exotic bug that no one can identify, and she almost stepped on a rattlesnake. And she went to Wal-Mart during rush hour.

Jillian is going to be on stage in "The Wiz" this coming weekend, playing four different parts (as the actor who played The Wizard of Oz did in the 1939 movie). After two years of show choir, she's all about making quick costume changes.

I'm ... getting by. Nervously. :-)

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