Molly Erin Gaither

Born:  9:41 am, January 13th, 2001
Weight:  7 lbs      Length:  20"
Proud Parents:  Jen (McVey) and Andrew Gaither
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age last updated: 02/08/04

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April 11th, 2001 Easter 2001

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February 2001

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Dates Hospital to Home - January 13th - 26th, 2001
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Jan 26 Molly86-640.jpg (56076 bytes) Molly87-640.jpg (51885 bytes) Molly88-640.jpg (57593 bytes) Whooooopie!! We're going HOME !!! That's enough excitement, time for my nap.
Jan 19 Where's that pacifier? Yeah, Mom, Where's my pacifier? Talking with Andrew - Where's my pacifier, Mom? Mark Jen and Sue, Sue and Jen, Friends forever!!
Jan 19 Finally, a smile from Dad. Molly57-640.jpg (59836 bytes) Sue Sue Molly60-640.jpg (74086 bytes)
Jan 19 Jen with Nurse Ginger, outside GBMC Grandma Peg in the living room Mick and Bonnie  - Where's Mom and Molly, we want to play. Grandpa John - Rewiring the basement Ok, I'm home, big deal, time for a nap.
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Grandpa John

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Molly Erin Gaither
Age: - 4 to - 6 months
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Molly @ 16 Weeks

This is a brief recap of what happened during 
the 37th week of Jen's pregnancy.

     Jen, 28, was due at the end of January 2001. She developed high blood pressure and was diagnosed with Preeclampsia in October 2000.  Just before Thanksgiving, because she was unable to keep her blood pressure down, she was forced to take early leave from her job as a psychiatric nurse at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and stay home.

     Beginning January 8th and all week long, Jen had terrible migraine headaches and on Thursday afternoon, January 11th,  her blood pressure was so high and the headaches so bad, so she drove herself to GBMC and was admitted. On Friday, January 12th, Jen had a stroke. They took the baby via c-section at 9:41 am Saturday morning, just two days before the beginning of her 38th week of pregnancy. 

     The most remarkable, miraculous part of this episode, other than Molly being born an absolutely beautiful, perfectly healthy baby, is that the stroke was classified as "incompleted", that is, the damage most probably is reversible. It appears that with time, Jen will recover and regain much, if not all, of what she has lost.  

     It appears that only Jen's vision was affected by the stroke. Her mental faculties are normal (still as bossy and sassy as ever).  However, she lost her sight from sometime Friday afternoon until sometime Tuesday.  She began to regain peripheral sight a little at a time, and as of January 19th, she has regained full-field vision. However, Jen cannot focus well enough to read, watch TV, nor drive her car, since the right half of each eye has no sight. She also experiences almost hallucinogenic visions or images at times, but is perfectly lucid during them, and describes the most bizarre sights. Her neurologist says this is not uncommon with this illness. In addition, her blood pressure has not returned to normal, but it is being controlled somewhat through drugs.  Her doctor says her condition should improve slowly, but it may take months to fully recover. 

     The most important thing is that Jen can see, she can see her baby, and she can move around the house without bumping into things (well, mostly). With the help of God, her loving husband Andrew, her greatest friend Sue, Molly's grandparents Peg and John Guyton, John and Anita McVey, and Nancy Franke, and her other family and friends, she will get through this most trying ordeal. 

     We are very thankful that our prayers were answered about as completely as we could have hoped for. It truly was miraculous.

     January 26th Update:  Jen's recovery has been remarkable over the past 2 weeks. Her vision has returned completely and is almost normal, although she cannot focus quickly on moving objects. It will probably be a couple of months before she has recovered enough to drive.  She has lost over 30 lbs of the fluid weight (edema) gained due to the Preeclampsia. Her blood pressure is still elevated, however, and must be watched carefully.  Molly is beautiful, growing every day and is a very good baby.

     March 5th Update:  As of about the 15th of February, Jen has completely recovered. She regained all of her sight, her blood pressure has returned to normal, and she has begun driving her car. Molly has begun gaining weight and has nice fat little cheeks! 

      Thank You, God!

  Published with permission of Jen Gaither               
Copyright 2001, John McVey, All Rights Reserved

 

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