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Browsing Archive: July, 2009

Friday, July 31 - 3:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 31, 2009,

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. Grant started his high dose methotrexate. What does that mean? It means he had a bag of yellow potent chemo medicine hanging on his IV pull for 24 hours. This yellow medicine was pumped into his blood stream for a full 24 hours straight. He threw up a few times, but did not spike a fever and for the most part was in good spirits.

 

When he finished the bag this morning, they immediately started the ARAC chemo. This is the big one. He will receive four doses of...


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Wednesday, July 29 - 9:38 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 30, 2009,
Grant's counts were high enough for chemo today. He is such a brave and strong little guy. This morning, Grant had a spinal tap, chemo injected into his spine, and then a bone marrow aspiration - all while being awake and with only a little sedation. He never cried!! He was just amazing!

We have been admitted and will receive the hospital chemo starting tomorrow. If he does not spike a fever from all of this, then we are expected to go home on Sunday! I am keeping my fingers crossed! This is ...

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Monday, July 27 - 4:17 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 27, 2009,
It is sooo good to be home! We got home yesterday morning. Grant's ANC went down again, but they let us come home! We had a wonderful evening last night. Grant was playing baseball in the backyard and Claire was on the swings. It was just a normal night. We are so grateful for those these days. I can't wait for David to get home tonight so we can have another good night together as a family.

Grant is supposed to check back into the hospital for 5 -6 days starting Wed. I hope he does not spike ...
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Friday, July 24 - 1:43 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 24, 2009,
Well, Grant spiked a fever last night, soooo we are in here for 2 more days at least. We are now hoping to get home on Sunday morning. We all beleive that the fever is a side effect of the chemo he received yesterday. After he woke up yesterday, he was in good spirits until around 6:00 p.m. Before that he was up running around the room with my Dad and playing baseball. Then, around 6:00 p.m. he fell asleep. He woke up at 8:00 and threw up. He then threw up 5 more times over the course of the ...
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Thursday, July 23 - 1:19 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 23, 2009,

Yesterday was a great day. Grant was his old self and had tons of energy. He also decided that he likes food again. It was starting to worry me, but he is much better now.

This morning they did the spinal tap and administered chemo. Grant did great DURING the spinal but not so great AFTER. The medicine that they gave him to make him sleepy did not wear off well. He went nuts and started screaming at me. The Dr wanted him to lay flat for 1 hour so he did not get a spinal headache. Well, Grant w...


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Tuesday, July 21 - 9:09 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, July 22, 2009,

Today was a better day. Grant's ANC is now at 20 and he was in a much better mood for most of the day. The Dr's put us in lock down in his room because they thought that he may have a virus. As soon as those results come back negative, we can leave the room again.  Hopefully that will happen tomorrow. His has fever stayed away!!! That is greatest news. We did not have to start the anti-fungal medications! Thank the Lord!!!

We are still scheduled to be in here through at least the end of the we...


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Monday, July 20 - 10:57 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 20, 2009,

If it is possible, his numbers went down AGAIN!!!! UH! The one piece of good news is that he had his last dose of Tylenol at 6:00 p.m. last night. Over the course of the night, Grant had a temp around 100.5. Then, this morning at 4:00 a.m. it dropped to 98.5 and seems to be stabalizing there! I pray that it continues to stay low! If it does, all we have to worry about next his his numbers coming up. I am waiting for the final numbers for this morning that will tell me what his ANC is, but I e...


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Sunday, July 19 - 9:24 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 20, 2009,
Today was another rough one. Grant had a fever all day and was not in good spirits. So far, he does not have any bacteria growing and they do not know why his fever is persisting. If he still has the fever on Tuesday, they will starting thinking this is a fungus and start treating it as such.  The fungal meds are hard on you. I really do not want it to be this.

Please, please pray that his fever does go away before then and that his numbers start to go up tomorrow!! I am sooooo tired. I'll wri...
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Saturday, July 18 - 3:13 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, July 18, 2009,
Grant spiked another fever around 2:00 a.m. and then another around noon today. So, we will be here for at least two more days. I think the earliest we will get to go home is on Tuesday. The Dr.s want to see Grant's numbers trend upwards for several days before releasing him. Then we would be right back here on Wednesday for a spinal tap and chemo. Then, if we are lucky, we could stay home for a few days before checking back in for the next round of "hospital chemo." Right now, Grant's ANC nu...
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Friday, July 17 - 9:21 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, July 18, 2009,
Today was not a bad day all things considered. Claire spent the day with us at the hospital. She always brings so much joy and cheer with her. I love it. Grant was of course in a great mood all day. We have not had a fever since yesterday morning. So far, the blood cultures they have taken do not show any bacteria. That is all great news.

Grant's white cell count is basically at 0. He has no ability to fight infection on his own, but they do have him on antibiotics around the clock. The weird ...
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Thursday, July 16 - 11:57 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 16, 2009,
Well - we got home for a few days. We came home on Monday night. We had a day of catch up on Tuesday. Spent the day in clinic getting chemo on Wednesday and this morning Grant spiked a fever and we are getting admitted - at least for 3 days! UH!!!

He is in good spirits and seems to have quite a bit of energy. They are going to give him blood again today. His ANC is VERY LOW. Actually all of his numbers are low accept his platelets - those are okay but on their way down.

I am so frustrated. I a...
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Monday - July 13 - 9:53 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 13, 2009,
Yesterday was a pretty uneventful day. Claire and I came up to the hospital around 10:00 a.m. We went on walks with Grant and checked out a few movies to watch. We had "school" and Grant mastered the letter "A". He loves "school."

As of this morning, his ANC number is still good. I am expecting it to go down. The rest of his numbers are starting to drop - which is what we want them to do. We get to go home tonight around 6:30! We will be back on Wednesday for more chemo, but that is just in Cl...
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Saturday, July 11 - 7:20 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, July 12, 2009,
I wanted to once again thank everyone who donated blood yesterday! The turn out was just amazing. David and I are overwhelmed with everyone's generosity.

Grant is still in great spirits. His counts are starting to go down as expected. I think by tomorrow morning he will be at risk for infection again and will remain that way for the next fourteen days. Just in time for us to check back in here for the next round!

Last night Grant watched Return of the Jedi for the 1st time. This morning, as it ...
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Friday - July 10 - 4:41 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 10, 2009,
Well - Grant has had a GREAT birthday despite the fact that we are in the hospital! This morning he got his room decorated and received several balloons. Then, the sweet guy in the playroom named Joe, created a golf course for him to play on. He loved it!!! I will post some of his b-day pictures on my facebook account tomorrow.

We had a pizza party at lunch and his best friend Savannah came to hang out for the day. The two of them played play-dough and colored. Too cute.

Tonight, I will drive ...
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Thursday, July 9 - 8:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 10, 2009,
Another day down! Today was pretty uneventful. He got some blood today and is getting his 1st of three chemos now. The one he is currently getting is a tricky one. They have to watch him carefully to make sure he does not have any type of allergic reation. If he does, that have to stop the medicine and give him a shot. Last night he handled it just fine, but they are telling me that that does not mean he can't have a reation to it now.

Today we just hung out, went on walks and wagon rides, ate...
Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, July 8 - 9:14 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 9, 2009,
What a long day!!! We are back to waiting again. Today we waited to be seen, waited to have the port accessed, waited three hours to get the spinal chemo, waited for our room in the hospital, waited for dinner, waited for meds and are now waiting for more chemo and a blood transfusion. But, with all this waiting comes being with Grant and his GREAT mood. He is FULL OF HIMSELF today! He has actually been pretty funny! He is smiling at all the nurses and pointing at all the people he recogizes....
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Tuesday, July 7 - 6:27 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, July 7, 2009,
Wow, it is really raining. Grant and I are snuggled in my bed and we are wondering how Claire can be sleeping through this.

Today is our last day home together before our our 1st week of hospital chemo starts tomorrow. Grant will get 3 different chemos every day for 5 days. Then on day 6 they will give him fluids and send us home with a series of shots that they will teach us how to give him. The shot is supposed to help his bone marrow produce white cells more quickly. Basically, the chemo w...
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Sunday - July 5 - 1:28 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, July 5, 2009,
Perfection. The only way to describe the last few days. I am soooo glad that Grant was not able to get his Chemo on Wednesday last week.

After we got home, I immediatly moved into Plan B action. I spent most of the day Thursday planning Grant's 3rd birthday party. It was a baseball theme so of course I got everything Astros I could find to decorate the house. David picked up Astro's T-shirts for our extended family members to wear and Claire came home with David's parents. That afternoon I was...
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Wednesday - July 1 - 1:57 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, July 1, 2009,
Well - We did NOT get chemo today and we did NOT check into the hospital. We got to the clinic this morning and they accessed Grant's port and took some blood. It turns out that his ANC number (the one that shows his ability to fight infection) is too low to have chemo. SOOOOO we are back at home and will try again next week. Claire will come home tomorrow with her grandparents. They will stay through the weekend and we try to have a mini birthday party for Grant since he will spend his real ...
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Browsing Archive: July, 2009

Friday, July 31 - 3:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 31, 2009,

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. Grant started his high dose methotrexate. What does that mean? It means he had a bag of yellow potent chemo medicine hanging on his IV pull for 24 hours. This yellow medicine was pumped into his blood stream for a full 24 hours straight. He threw up a few times, but did not spike a fever and for the most part was in good spirits.

 

When he finished the bag this morning, they immediately started the ARAC chemo. This is the big one. He will receive four doses of...


Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, July 29 - 9:38 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 30, 2009,
Grant's counts were high enough for chemo today. He is such a brave and strong little guy. This morning, Grant had a spinal tap, chemo injected into his spine, and then a bone marrow aspiration - all while being awake and with only a little sedation. He never cried!! He was just amazing!

We have been admitted and will receive the hospital chemo starting tomorrow. If he does not spike a fever from all of this, then we are expected to go home on Sunday! I am keeping my fingers crossed! This is ...

Continue reading ...
 

Monday, July 27 - 4:17 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 27, 2009,
It is sooo good to be home! We got home yesterday morning. Grant's ANC went down again, but they let us come home! We had a wonderful evening last night. Grant was playing baseball in the backyard and Claire was on the swings. It was just a normal night. We are so grateful for those these days. I can't wait for David to get home tonight so we can have another good night together as a family.

Grant is supposed to check back into the hospital for 5 -6 days starting Wed. I hope he does not spike ...
Continue reading ...
 

Friday, July 24 - 1:43 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 24, 2009,
Well, Grant spiked a fever last night, soooo we are in here for 2 more days at least. We are now hoping to get home on Sunday morning. We all beleive that the fever is a side effect of the chemo he received yesterday. After he woke up yesterday, he was in good spirits until around 6:00 p.m. Before that he was up running around the room with my Dad and playing baseball. Then, around 6:00 p.m. he fell asleep. He woke up at 8:00 and threw up. He then threw up 5 more times over the course of the ...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, July 23 - 1:19 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 23, 2009,

Yesterday was a great day. Grant was his old self and had tons of energy. He also decided that he likes food again. It was starting to worry me, but he is much better now.

This morning they did the spinal tap and administered chemo. Grant did great DURING the spinal but not so great AFTER. The medicine that they gave him to make him sleepy did not wear off well. He went nuts and started screaming at me. The Dr wanted him to lay flat for 1 hour so he did not get a spinal headache. Well, Grant w...


Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday, July 21 - 9:09 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, July 22, 2009,

Today was a better day. Grant's ANC is now at 20 and he was in a much better mood for most of the day. The Dr's put us in lock down in his room because they thought that he may have a virus. As soon as those results come back negative, we can leave the room again.  Hopefully that will happen tomorrow. His has fever stayed away!!! That is greatest news. We did not have to start the anti-fungal medications! Thank the Lord!!!

We are still scheduled to be in here through at least the end of the we...


Continue reading ...
 

Monday, July 20 - 10:57 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 20, 2009,

If it is possible, his numbers went down AGAIN!!!! UH! The one piece of good news is that he had his last dose of Tylenol at 6:00 p.m. last night. Over the course of the night, Grant had a temp around 100.5. Then, this morning at 4:00 a.m. it dropped to 98.5 and seems to be stabalizing there! I pray that it continues to stay low! If it does, all we have to worry about next his his numbers coming up. I am waiting for the final numbers for this morning that will tell me what his ANC is, but I e...


Continue reading ...
 

Sunday, July 19 - 9:24 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 20, 2009,
Today was another rough one. Grant had a fever all day and was not in good spirits. So far, he does not have any bacteria growing and they do not know why his fever is persisting. If he still has the fever on Tuesday, they will starting thinking this is a fungus and start treating it as such.  The fungal meds are hard on you. I really do not want it to be this.

Please, please pray that his fever does go away before then and that his numbers start to go up tomorrow!! I am sooooo tired. I'll wri...
Continue reading ...
 

Saturday, July 18 - 3:13 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, July 18, 2009,
Grant spiked another fever around 2:00 a.m. and then another around noon today. So, we will be here for at least two more days. I think the earliest we will get to go home is on Tuesday. The Dr.s want to see Grant's numbers trend upwards for several days before releasing him. Then we would be right back here on Wednesday for a spinal tap and chemo. Then, if we are lucky, we could stay home for a few days before checking back in for the next round of "hospital chemo." Right now, Grant's ANC nu...
Continue reading ...
 

Friday, July 17 - 9:21 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, July 18, 2009,
Today was not a bad day all things considered. Claire spent the day with us at the hospital. She always brings so much joy and cheer with her. I love it. Grant was of course in a great mood all day. We have not had a fever since yesterday morning. So far, the blood cultures they have taken do not show any bacteria. That is all great news.

Grant's white cell count is basically at 0. He has no ability to fight infection on his own, but they do have him on antibiotics around the clock. The weird ...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, July 16 - 11:57 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 16, 2009,
Well - we got home for a few days. We came home on Monday night. We had a day of catch up on Tuesday. Spent the day in clinic getting chemo on Wednesday and this morning Grant spiked a fever and we are getting admitted - at least for 3 days! UH!!!

He is in good spirits and seems to have quite a bit of energy. They are going to give him blood again today. His ANC is VERY LOW. Actually all of his numbers are low accept his platelets - those are okay but on their way down.

I am so frustrated. I a...
Continue reading ...
 

Monday - July 13 - 9:53 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, July 13, 2009,
Yesterday was a pretty uneventful day. Claire and I came up to the hospital around 10:00 a.m. We went on walks with Grant and checked out a few movies to watch. We had "school" and Grant mastered the letter "A". He loves "school."

As of this morning, his ANC number is still good. I am expecting it to go down. The rest of his numbers are starting to drop - which is what we want them to do. We get to go home tonight around 6:30! We will be back on Wednesday for more chemo, but that is just in Cl...
Continue reading ...
 

Saturday, July 11 - 7:20 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, July 12, 2009,
I wanted to once again thank everyone who donated blood yesterday! The turn out was just amazing. David and I are overwhelmed with everyone's generosity.

Grant is still in great spirits. His counts are starting to go down as expected. I think by tomorrow morning he will be at risk for infection again and will remain that way for the next fourteen days. Just in time for us to check back in here for the next round!

Last night Grant watched Return of the Jedi for the 1st time. This morning, as it ...
Continue reading ...
 

Friday - July 10 - 4:41 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 10, 2009,
Well - Grant has had a GREAT birthday despite the fact that we are in the hospital! This morning he got his room decorated and received several balloons. Then, the sweet guy in the playroom named Joe, created a golf course for him to play on. He loved it!!! I will post some of his b-day pictures on my facebook account tomorrow.

We had a pizza party at lunch and his best friend Savannah came to hang out for the day. The two of them played play-dough and colored. Too cute.

Tonight, I will drive ...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, July 9 - 8:49 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, July 10, 2009,
Another day down! Today was pretty uneventful. He got some blood today and is getting his 1st of three chemos now. The one he is currently getting is a tricky one. They have to watch him carefully to make sure he does not have any type of allergic reation. If he does, that have to stop the medicine and give him a shot. Last night he handled it just fine, but they are telling me that that does not mean he can't have a reation to it now.

Today we just hung out, went on walks and wagon rides, ate...
Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, July 8 - 9:14 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, July 9, 2009,
What a long day!!! We are back to waiting again. Today we waited to be seen, waited to have the port accessed, waited three hours to get the spinal chemo, waited for our room in the hospital, waited for dinner, waited for meds and are now waiting for more chemo and a blood transfusion. But, with all this waiting comes being with Grant and his GREAT mood. He is FULL OF HIMSELF today! He has actually been pretty funny! He is smiling at all the nurses and pointing at all the people he recogizes....
Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday, July 7 - 6:27 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, July 7, 2009,
Wow, it is really raining. Grant and I are snuggled in my bed and we are wondering how Claire can be sleeping through this.

Today is our last day home together before our our 1st week of hospital chemo starts tomorrow. Grant will get 3 different chemos every day for 5 days. Then on day 6 they will give him fluids and send us home with a series of shots that they will teach us how to give him. The shot is supposed to help his bone marrow produce white cells more quickly. Basically, the chemo w...
Continue reading ...
 

Sunday - July 5 - 1:28 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, July 5, 2009,
Perfection. The only way to describe the last few days. I am soooo glad that Grant was not able to get his Chemo on Wednesday last week.

After we got home, I immediatly moved into Plan B action. I spent most of the day Thursday planning Grant's 3rd birthday party. It was a baseball theme so of course I got everything Astros I could find to decorate the house. David picked up Astro's T-shirts for our extended family members to wear and Claire came home with David's parents. That afternoon I was...
Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday - July 1 - 1:57 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, July 1, 2009,
Well - We did NOT get chemo today and we did NOT check into the hospital. We got to the clinic this morning and they accessed Grant's port and took some blood. It turns out that his ANC number (the one that shows his ability to fight infection) is too low to have chemo. SOOOOO we are back at home and will try again next week. Claire will come home tomorrow with her grandparents. They will stay through the weekend and we try to have a mini birthday party for Grant since he will spend his real ...
Continue reading ...