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Browsing Archive: August, 2009

Thursday, Aug 27 - 1:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 27, 2009,

So far so good! Grant has been able to handle this round of chemo so far. All he wants to do is GO HOME. He is feeling so good, that he is going stir crazy up here. He is receiving 4 doses of this new chemo drug and has had three of them so far. The last one will be at 8:00 tonight. It takes only 30 minutes to administer and then he will get a PEG shot. That is another chemo that some kids have an allergic reaction to. To make sure Grant does not, they will give him the shot at 8:30 tonight a...


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Tuesday, Aug 25 - 3:50 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 26, 2009,
We had a wonderful week and a 1/2 at home! And our trip to Lost Pines was terrific. Claire and Grant had so much fun swimming and staying up late watching movies. Grant even got to take a brief ride on "T-bone" the Long Horn! We took the time we had to do things that we typically cannot do anymore - like go out to eat, shop, and go to an Astros game. The time we got to spend together as a family was perfect.

Grant went to clinic yesterday, received his chemo and came home and had a good night ...

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Thursday, Aug 20 - 9:18 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 21, 2009,

I am so sorry that I have failed to update this site sooner. I have been enjoying being home so much that I have not wanted to wait for the Internet to load.

It has been a pretty good week I must say. Grant is getting stronger everyday. He is still not able to walk on his own, but it is getting better. His speech is getting better too. I think it is just going to take time for him to make a full recovery. I am so glad that he has had this week to get stronger.

Tomorrow we are leaving for Lost ...


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Monday, Aug. 17 - 3:45 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 17, 2009,

First, let me thank my wonderful husband for updating this site over the weekend. I just took a mental break and did not want to do much of anything related to Grant's cancer.

As David said, we had a GREAT Saturday. Sunday was good for us too. It was the first time since Grant's diagnosis that we all got to go to church together followed by our usual standard - breakfast at Skeeters. After breakfast, Grand and David went to Toys R Us for another sword (Grant wanted to fight his daddy who was ...


Continue reading ...
 

Saturday August 15

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 16, 2009,

Its Grant's Daddy again.

Grant is home! He was discharged on Friday around 4:30 pm after he received a blood transfusion and underwent an echocardiogram.  The next round of chemo includes a drug that can affect the heart, so they want to check out his heart ahead of time.

He is making significant progress with his speaking and using his arms and legs. The doctors tell us he should make a complete recovery.

We spent the day hanging out, painting, playing Candyland, running errands and eating at...


Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, Aug 13 - 8:36 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 14, 2009,
Today was a much better day. Grant is getting his strength back - slowly. He was able to sit on his own for a few minutes without falling and was back to pitching the baseball tonight. It was good to see him doing what he loves best - playing ball.

He also tried to eat some. He had 2 chips, 3 bites of egg, 2 french fries, 3 bites of chicken and 1/2 piece of pizza topping. So, that is great.

The good news is we are supposed to be going home tomorrow!!!! His ANC is is crazy high - 10,000!!! So, a...
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Wednesday August 12-11:30 am

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 12, 2009,

For a change, Grant's Daddy is writing the update today. 

Grant underwent an MRI of the brain yesterday, which showed only minimal changes that the doctors expect to see while a child is undergoing chemotherapy. Dr Dreyer told me that Grant's MRI actually looked better than average for someone undergoing chemotherapy.  She and the neurology team fully expect Grant's neurological symptoms--weakness, lack of alertness and lack of balance--to fully resolve. 

Dr Dreyer isnt sure exactly what caus...


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Tuesday - Aug 11 - 5:42 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 11, 2009,

Sorry for not updating this yesterday. There was not much to report until late in the day and then I was too tired to update this last night.

Grant had a better day yesterday. He laughed and smiled noticeably more. He still seemed out of it, but at least he showed us that we could make him happy. The toughest part of the day was having to give him the Gleevec. His throat hurts and he does not want to swallow, but he HAS to swallow these 2 small pills everyday. It is terrible. He keeps spitting...


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Sunday, Aug 9 - 4:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 9, 2009,
I have had a good day. I got to see my good friends Kara and Monica and then Dena and Wendy. It was so good to see some people that I don't get to see much anymore. All of us got to witness Grant smile at the "poop" song.

Grant still does not have an ANC. His mouth is still very sore and they have "uped" his dosage of morphine. He threw up a few times today and with it came some tissue from inside his throat. Poor guy. He is just out of it now.

David had gone home for the night, so it just me a...
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Saturday, Aug 8 - 9:39 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 9, 2009,

Not much has changed. Grant is improving, but only a tiny bit each day. He still does not have an ANC and no ability to fight infection – so the mouth soars are still killing him. The methotrexate is out of his system and his blood chemistry is back to normal. He is still not talking, but we think it just hurts too much. The morphine he is on just knocks him out.

We got him out of the room a couple of times - though I doubt he will remember it. He was really out of it. I did get him to laugh...


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Friday - Aug 7 - 2:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 7, 2009,
This one will be short since there is nothing new to report really. We are still on the 7th floor waiting for a room on the 9th floor. Grant is the exact same. He is still not talking and seems to be in a lot of pain. I know his throat and mouth hurts, but I am guessing his stomach does too. His eyes keep rolling back and it freaks me out, but he is responsive so they think it is just related to the side effects of chemo or the morphine. So, that is it. The numbers went down, not up. He is ge...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, Aug 6 - 2:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 6, 2009,

I just counted and out of the 69 days since Grant was diagnosed, he has only been home for 22 of them. Treatment is terrible. At least the side effects are. I am really ready to be at home for a while. I guess that won’t be happening anytime soon. We have 3 scheduled hospital stays between now and mid Sept and they start in a week and a half. UHHH!

After getting moved down here to the critical care unit, Grant had another episode of not being "with it" and had tremors. The Drs got to see it ...


Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, Aug 5 - 3:59 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 5, 2009,

I don't even know where to start - Rough night and Rough Day I guess. I fell asleep quickly last night. Then around 10:00, the nurses brought in a monitor to watch Grant's oxygen level in his blood. That made me a little nervous, but I was glad to have it. So after watching it for about an hour. I fell back asleep. Then at 3:00 a.m. (what is it about 3:00 a.m.???) Grant woke up and needed a diaper change. I started to change him and he started to thrash around. I freaked, but they reassured m...


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Tuesday, Aug. 4 - 8:20 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 5, 2009,
I am going to be short tonight. I am too tired to write much. Not much has changed today. Grant did not run a temp which is great news. He sleep most of the afternoon away. This morning I forced him to get up and participate in some PT. He walked some, but with support and he is really weak. His ANC is 10 today and we expect it to be 0 tomorrow. They gave him blood and platelets. Tomorrow, I am going to see if we can take him off some of the anti-vomitting meds. They are making him too sleepy...
Continue reading ...
 

Monday, Aug. 3 - 11:56 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 3, 2009,

I guess we were not hanging out in the dip as I thought. We were just stalled out on the tracks for a while. The car started to move again and we went further down, not up as I had hoped.

After my last post, things seemed worse last night. Grant only had a fever of 99 degrees around 10:00 and then around midnight it was only 97.5. I was so happy. I called David and woke him up to share the good news and said that we both could now get a good night sleep and not have to worry. Well, then 3:00 a...


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Sunday, Aug. 2 - 8:34 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 3, 2009,

Gut Wrenching. That is the only way to describe the day we all had today. I went home last night with Claire and I thought Grant was turning a corner and looking better. So, when I walked into his room this morning, I was astonished to see how bad he looked. Grant looked just awful. His eyes had so much fluid surrounding them he looked as if he had been punched. And that was not the worst part. Grant was shaking uncontrollably. He has run a fever all day that bounced around between 102.6 and ...


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Saturday, Aug 1 - 5:26 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, August 1, 2009,

As always, we go up and we come down. Let me start with some of the good news that we received today. Most of the results from Grant's bone marrow test and his spinal came back and Grant is still responding to the chemo just beautifully. His minimal residual disease is still 0 and they do not see any leukemia cells in his bone marrow nor his spine. The also cannot detect the presence of the Philadelphia Chromosome! There are two tests that we are still waiting on that are a little more sensit...


Continue reading ...
 

Saturday - Aug. 1 - 9:46 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, August 1, 2009,
YEAH!!! We do not have to come up with $10,000! Grant's kidneys are functioning just fine and he will not be needing the expensive medicine! The concern that arose yesterday was because his methotrexate levels were very high for his age. Basically, he was overdosed. They will have to adjust his dose the next time he gets this. Anyway, when the levels are as high as they were, they have seen kids have kidney failure because of it. Grant managed to process the chemo out of his system just fine ...
Continue reading ...
 
 
 

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Browsing Archive: August, 2009

Thursday, Aug 27 - 1:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 27, 2009,

So far so good! Grant has been able to handle this round of chemo so far. All he wants to do is GO HOME. He is feeling so good, that he is going stir crazy up here. He is receiving 4 doses of this new chemo drug and has had three of them so far. The last one will be at 8:00 tonight. It takes only 30 minutes to administer and then he will get a PEG shot. That is another chemo that some kids have an allergic reaction to. To make sure Grant does not, they will give him the shot at 8:30 tonight a...


Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday, Aug 25 - 3:50 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 26, 2009,
We had a wonderful week and a 1/2 at home! And our trip to Lost Pines was terrific. Claire and Grant had so much fun swimming and staying up late watching movies. Grant even got to take a brief ride on "T-bone" the Long Horn! We took the time we had to do things that we typically cannot do anymore - like go out to eat, shop, and go to an Astros game. The time we got to spend together as a family was perfect.

Grant went to clinic yesterday, received his chemo and came home and had a good night ...

Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, Aug 20 - 9:18 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 21, 2009,

I am so sorry that I have failed to update this site sooner. I have been enjoying being home so much that I have not wanted to wait for the Internet to load.

It has been a pretty good week I must say. Grant is getting stronger everyday. He is still not able to walk on his own, but it is getting better. His speech is getting better too. I think it is just going to take time for him to make a full recovery. I am so glad that he has had this week to get stronger.

Tomorrow we are leaving for Lost ...


Continue reading ...
 

Monday, Aug. 17 - 3:45 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 17, 2009,

First, let me thank my wonderful husband for updating this site over the weekend. I just took a mental break and did not want to do much of anything related to Grant's cancer.

As David said, we had a GREAT Saturday. Sunday was good for us too. It was the first time since Grant's diagnosis that we all got to go to church together followed by our usual standard - breakfast at Skeeters. After breakfast, Grand and David went to Toys R Us for another sword (Grant wanted to fight his daddy who was ...


Continue reading ...
 

Saturday August 15

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 16, 2009,

Its Grant's Daddy again.

Grant is home! He was discharged on Friday around 4:30 pm after he received a blood transfusion and underwent an echocardiogram.  The next round of chemo includes a drug that can affect the heart, so they want to check out his heart ahead of time.

He is making significant progress with his speaking and using his arms and legs. The doctors tell us he should make a complete recovery.

We spent the day hanging out, painting, playing Candyland, running errands and eating at...


Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, Aug 13 - 8:36 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 14, 2009,
Today was a much better day. Grant is getting his strength back - slowly. He was able to sit on his own for a few minutes without falling and was back to pitching the baseball tonight. It was good to see him doing what he loves best - playing ball.

He also tried to eat some. He had 2 chips, 3 bites of egg, 2 french fries, 3 bites of chicken and 1/2 piece of pizza topping. So, that is great.

The good news is we are supposed to be going home tomorrow!!!! His ANC is is crazy high - 10,000!!! So, a...
Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday August 12-11:30 am

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 12, 2009,

For a change, Grant's Daddy is writing the update today. 

Grant underwent an MRI of the brain yesterday, which showed only minimal changes that the doctors expect to see while a child is undergoing chemotherapy. Dr Dreyer told me that Grant's MRI actually looked better than average for someone undergoing chemotherapy.  She and the neurology team fully expect Grant's neurological symptoms--weakness, lack of alertness and lack of balance--to fully resolve. 

Dr Dreyer isnt sure exactly what caus...


Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday - Aug 11 - 5:42 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 11, 2009,

Sorry for not updating this yesterday. There was not much to report until late in the day and then I was too tired to update this last night.

Grant had a better day yesterday. He laughed and smiled noticeably more. He still seemed out of it, but at least he showed us that we could make him happy. The toughest part of the day was having to give him the Gleevec. His throat hurts and he does not want to swallow, but he HAS to swallow these 2 small pills everyday. It is terrible. He keeps spitting...


Continue reading ...
 

Sunday, Aug 9 - 4:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 9, 2009,
I have had a good day. I got to see my good friends Kara and Monica and then Dena and Wendy. It was so good to see some people that I don't get to see much anymore. All of us got to witness Grant smile at the "poop" song.

Grant still does not have an ANC. His mouth is still very sore and they have "uped" his dosage of morphine. He threw up a few times today and with it came some tissue from inside his throat. Poor guy. He is just out of it now.

David had gone home for the night, so it just me a...
Continue reading ...
 

Saturday, Aug 8 - 9:39 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 9, 2009,

Not much has changed. Grant is improving, but only a tiny bit each day. He still does not have an ANC and no ability to fight infection – so the mouth soars are still killing him. The methotrexate is out of his system and his blood chemistry is back to normal. He is still not talking, but we think it just hurts too much. The morphine he is on just knocks him out.

We got him out of the room a couple of times - though I doubt he will remember it. He was really out of it. I did get him to laugh...


Continue reading ...
 

Friday - Aug 7 - 2:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, August 7, 2009,
This one will be short since there is nothing new to report really. We are still on the 7th floor waiting for a room on the 9th floor. Grant is the exact same. He is still not talking and seems to be in a lot of pain. I know his throat and mouth hurts, but I am guessing his stomach does too. His eyes keep rolling back and it freaks me out, but he is responsive so they think it is just related to the side effects of chemo or the morphine. So, that is it. The numbers went down, not up. He is ge...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, Aug 6 - 2:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 6, 2009,

I just counted and out of the 69 days since Grant was diagnosed, he has only been home for 22 of them. Treatment is terrible. At least the side effects are. I am really ready to be at home for a while. I guess that won’t be happening anytime soon. We have 3 scheduled hospital stays between now and mid Sept and they start in a week and a half. UHHH!

After getting moved down here to the critical care unit, Grant had another episode of not being "with it" and had tremors. The Drs got to see it ...


Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, Aug 5 - 3:59 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 5, 2009,

I don't even know where to start - Rough night and Rough Day I guess. I fell asleep quickly last night. Then around 10:00, the nurses brought in a monitor to watch Grant's oxygen level in his blood. That made me a little nervous, but I was glad to have it. So after watching it for about an hour. I fell back asleep. Then at 3:00 a.m. (what is it about 3:00 a.m.???) Grant woke up and needed a diaper change. I started to change him and he started to thrash around. I freaked, but they reassured m...


Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday, Aug. 4 - 8:20 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, August 5, 2009,
I am going to be short tonight. I am too tired to write much. Not much has changed today. Grant did not run a temp which is great news. He sleep most of the afternoon away. This morning I forced him to get up and participate in some PT. He walked some, but with support and he is really weak. His ANC is 10 today and we expect it to be 0 tomorrow. They gave him blood and platelets. Tomorrow, I am going to see if we can take him off some of the anti-vomitting meds. They are making him too sleepy...
Continue reading ...
 

Monday, Aug. 3 - 11:56 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 3, 2009,

I guess we were not hanging out in the dip as I thought. We were just stalled out on the tracks for a while. The car started to move again and we went further down, not up as I had hoped.

After my last post, things seemed worse last night. Grant only had a fever of 99 degrees around 10:00 and then around midnight it was only 97.5. I was so happy. I called David and woke him up to share the good news and said that we both could now get a good night sleep and not have to worry. Well, then 3:00 a...


Continue reading ...
 

Sunday, Aug. 2 - 8:34 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, August 3, 2009,

Gut Wrenching. That is the only way to describe the day we all had today. I went home last night with Claire and I thought Grant was turning a corner and looking better. So, when I walked into his room this morning, I was astonished to see how bad he looked. Grant looked just awful. His eyes had so much fluid surrounding them he looked as if he had been punched. And that was not the worst part. Grant was shaking uncontrollably. He has run a fever all day that bounced around between 102.6 and ...


Continue reading ...
 

Saturday, Aug 1 - 5:26 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, August 1, 2009,

As always, we go up and we come down. Let me start with some of the good news that we received today. Most of the results from Grant's bone marrow test and his spinal came back and Grant is still responding to the chemo just beautifully. His minimal residual disease is still 0 and they do not see any leukemia cells in his bone marrow nor his spine. The also cannot detect the presence of the Philadelphia Chromosome! There are two tests that we are still waiting on that are a little more sensit...


Continue reading ...
 

Saturday - Aug. 1 - 9:46 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, August 1, 2009,
YEAH!!! We do not have to come up with $10,000! Grant's kidneys are functioning just fine and he will not be needing the expensive medicine! The concern that arose yesterday was because his methotrexate levels were very high for his age. Basically, he was overdosed. They will have to adjust his dose the next time he gets this. Anyway, when the levels are as high as they were, they have seen kids have kidney failure because of it. Grant managed to process the chemo out of his system just fine ...
Continue reading ...