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Browsing Archive: March, 2010

Saturday - March 27 - 11:18 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, March 27, 2010,

We are home! Grant cleared his Methorextate with ease! YEAH!! And his spinal came back negative - so we are thrilled. We are still waiting on the results of the PCR from MD Anderson to see how much of the Philadelphia Chromosome is still present. As soon as I hear, I will let you all know. Thank you so much for the prayers this week.

David stayed with Grant last night, and after a breakfast at the 59 Diner, Grant came home. He is currently upstairs playing with his sister - who he said he "mis...


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Thursday, March 25 - 3:04 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

So far so good. Almost too good.
Grant completed his Methotrexate at 10:30 a.m. today. This bag of chemo runs for 24 straight hours. For some reason, still unknown, his bag was not empty at 24 hours, so they increased his rate of infusion and then shut it off at hour 25. With that said, they never had to adjust his dose downwards this time. His electrolytes stayed stable the entire time and he never got puffy looking. In fact, his methotrexate levels were actually LOWER than they would have pr...


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Wednesday - March 24 - 11:26 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 24, 2010,
Well, we have finally started chemo. As many of you know, we were supposed to check in on Monday for the 1st round of "hospital maintenance" methotrexate. After we got to the hospital on Monday, our doctor asked to start on Wednesday, since the doctor who monitors Grant while he is on this drug was not in. So, with the car loaded and arrangements already made for Claire, a very sleepy and hungry Grant and I headed home after he had his bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap with chemo. We were tol...
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Wednesday, March 17 - ST PATTY'S DAY!

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 17, 2010,

Top of the Morning to Ya!
Life at home has been great this past week. Other than needing blood and a couple of platelet transfusions, Grant has been feeling wonderful! How ironic! His counts went down and are on their way back up and he should be ready to start his first round of hospital maintenance on Monday. He will get a bone marrow aspiration, and spinal tap, chemo in his spine, Vincristine, and a 24-hour bag of Methotrexate starting Monday. Easier - yeah right! :)

Today is St. Patrick’...


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Wednesday, March 10 - 4:10 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,

We had the best day ever yesterday. I took Grant to clinic in the morning, fully expecting his counts to be REALLY low. But, they were not. In fact, they were so good that we felt comfortable in letting Grant participate in the Lil Rustlers Rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He had the best time. He was able to ride a horse, pet a sheep, and rope a bull! He had the best time! Then, they invited Grant and I to ride in on a wagon as apart of the Grand Entrance. He was so funny. He l...


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Sunday, March 7 - 9:31 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, March 7, 2010,

We are home! Grant's counts did not drop over night and he did not have any more fevers, so the doctors let us go home late yesterday afternoon. YEAH!!! We had a nice evening. Since his counts were still okay, we went to an outdoor restaurant and had a nice dinner. Today, the kids are playing and having a great time at home.

I am moving into my cleaning overdrive mode to keep the house sterile as possible to protect him. We will not leave the house other than to go to clinic and to go back and...


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Friday, March 5 - 1:10 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, March 5, 2010,
Well, it is official. Grant spiked a fever of 101.1 this morning around 10:00 a.m. Of course in true Grant fashion, it is already down to 98.0.  So, we are set to stay in - at least one more night. The only we hope we have now is that his fever stays down and that the 24 hour cultures come back negative, AND that is ANC does not crash over night. If all that happens, then we have a chance of getting out tomorrow. But who knows what Dr. we will end up with this weekend and if they make us stay...
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Friday, March 5

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, March 5, 2010,
Grant's daddy here.

Last night's blood drive was a huge success!  Claire and I had to leave before the final numbers were in, but I think they exceeded the donation goal by 100%.  Melanie and I are so thankful to Ron, Nancy and their family for doing this.  They not only hosted the drive, they got involved by donating blood themselves. Among many others, we are so grateful for the Chambers, the Mangums and the Atterburys for being there.  One of Melanie's Bearkat friends drove all the way from...
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Thursday, March 4 - 1:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, March 4, 2010,

Grant was admitted yesterday and started the ARA-C at 8:00 p.m. He has had two doses and is handling it well - so far. He will receive another dose tonight at 8:00 p.m. and then his last dose (hopefully forever) at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. He will have to wait 6 hours after it completes (it take three hours to administer) and then will get two shots of chemo in his legs. They will watch him for 1 hour after that and if all goes well, we will get to leave. So, IF he stays fever free until 6...


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Monday, March 1 - 9:20 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, March 1, 2010,

Wednesday. He has developed a cough that sounds crackly in his chest and we do not want it to turn into pneumonia after his counts drop. He has been on antibiotics since then, but it does not sound much better yet. I hope he will be ready to go on Wednesday. Like I said earlier, I am ready to get this one behind us.

I wanted to thank the Sunshine Kids and Candelighters for the wonderful day we had on Saturday. Our family really enjoyed the time we had at the cookoff. Thank you so much for the ...


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Browsing Archive: March, 2010

Saturday - March 27 - 11:18 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, March 27, 2010,

We are home! Grant cleared his Methorextate with ease! YEAH!! And his spinal came back negative - so we are thrilled. We are still waiting on the results of the PCR from MD Anderson to see how much of the Philadelphia Chromosome is still present. As soon as I hear, I will let you all know. Thank you so much for the prayers this week.

David stayed with Grant last night, and after a breakfast at the 59 Diner, Grant came home. He is currently upstairs playing with his sister - who he said he "mis...


Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, March 25 - 3:04 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

So far so good. Almost too good.
Grant completed his Methotrexate at 10:30 a.m. today. This bag of chemo runs for 24 straight hours. For some reason, still unknown, his bag was not empty at 24 hours, so they increased his rate of infusion and then shut it off at hour 25. With that said, they never had to adjust his dose downwards this time. His electrolytes stayed stable the entire time and he never got puffy looking. In fact, his methotrexate levels were actually LOWER than they would have pr...


Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday - March 24 - 11:26 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 24, 2010,
Well, we have finally started chemo. As many of you know, we were supposed to check in on Monday for the 1st round of "hospital maintenance" methotrexate. After we got to the hospital on Monday, our doctor asked to start on Wednesday, since the doctor who monitors Grant while he is on this drug was not in. So, with the car loaded and arrangements already made for Claire, a very sleepy and hungry Grant and I headed home after he had his bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap with chemo. We were tol...
Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday, March 17 - ST PATTY'S DAY!

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 17, 2010,

Top of the Morning to Ya!
Life at home has been great this past week. Other than needing blood and a couple of platelet transfusions, Grant has been feeling wonderful! How ironic! His counts went down and are on their way back up and he should be ready to start his first round of hospital maintenance on Monday. He will get a bone marrow aspiration, and spinal tap, chemo in his spine, Vincristine, and a 24-hour bag of Methotrexate starting Monday. Easier - yeah right! :)

Today is St. Patrick’...


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Wednesday, March 10 - 4:10 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,

We had the best day ever yesterday. I took Grant to clinic in the morning, fully expecting his counts to be REALLY low. But, they were not. In fact, they were so good that we felt comfortable in letting Grant participate in the Lil Rustlers Rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He had the best time. He was able to ride a horse, pet a sheep, and rope a bull! He had the best time! Then, they invited Grant and I to ride in on a wagon as apart of the Grand Entrance. He was so funny. He l...


Continue reading ...
 

Sunday, March 7 - 9:31 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, March 7, 2010,

We are home! Grant's counts did not drop over night and he did not have any more fevers, so the doctors let us go home late yesterday afternoon. YEAH!!! We had a nice evening. Since his counts were still okay, we went to an outdoor restaurant and had a nice dinner. Today, the kids are playing and having a great time at home.

I am moving into my cleaning overdrive mode to keep the house sterile as possible to protect him. We will not leave the house other than to go to clinic and to go back and...


Continue reading ...
 

Friday, March 5 - 1:10 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, March 5, 2010,
Well, it is official. Grant spiked a fever of 101.1 this morning around 10:00 a.m. Of course in true Grant fashion, it is already down to 98.0.  So, we are set to stay in - at least one more night. The only we hope we have now is that his fever stays down and that the 24 hour cultures come back negative, AND that is ANC does not crash over night. If all that happens, then we have a chance of getting out tomorrow. But who knows what Dr. we will end up with this weekend and if they make us stay...
Continue reading ...
 

Friday, March 5

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Friday, March 5, 2010,
Grant's daddy here.

Last night's blood drive was a huge success!  Claire and I had to leave before the final numbers were in, but I think they exceeded the donation goal by 100%.  Melanie and I are so thankful to Ron, Nancy and their family for doing this.  They not only hosted the drive, they got involved by donating blood themselves. Among many others, we are so grateful for the Chambers, the Mangums and the Atterburys for being there.  One of Melanie's Bearkat friends drove all the way from...
Continue reading ...
 

Thursday, March 4 - 1:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, March 4, 2010,

Grant was admitted yesterday and started the ARA-C at 8:00 p.m. He has had two doses and is handling it well - so far. He will receive another dose tonight at 8:00 p.m. and then his last dose (hopefully forever) at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. He will have to wait 6 hours after it completes (it take three hours to administer) and then will get two shots of chemo in his legs. They will watch him for 1 hour after that and if all goes well, we will get to leave. So, IF he stays fever free until 6...


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Monday, March 1 - 9:20 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, March 1, 2010,

Wednesday. He has developed a cough that sounds crackly in his chest and we do not want it to turn into pneumonia after his counts drop. He has been on antibiotics since then, but it does not sound much better yet. I hope he will be ready to go on Wednesday. Like I said earlier, I am ready to get this one behind us.

I wanted to thank the Sunshine Kids and Candelighters for the wonderful day we had on Saturday. Our family really enjoyed the time we had at the cookoff. Thank you so much for the ...


Continue reading ...