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Browsing Archive: April, 2011

April 26

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 26, 2011,
David here

Grant went to clinic yesterday for counts and chemotherapy.   All of his counts were good and he received chemo as scheduled.  Dr. Dreyer was pleased and she ordered all meds to be restarted at full dosage.

He will go back for counts next Monday and get his next bone marrow study and spinal in about a month.


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Wednesday April 20

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, April 20, 2011,

David here.

Grant's counts came up yesterday.  His ANC was over 810; platelets 140; hemoblogin 11.2.  There are no restricitons on his activities right now.

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and emails of support.




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Saturday April 16, 1pm

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, April 16, 2011,
David here  again, just a few hours after the last update.

The GCS-F wore off.   His ANC was 370 today.  The rest of the numbers were essentially the same.  I spoke to Dr. Dreyer who says she is not worried.  She said its not uncommon at all to have the  ANC go back down after the GCS-F wears off. I think she is absolutely telling me the truth, but we cant help but be very worried.  We are holding the Gleevec for now, as that can make it harder for  recovering bone marrow to produce new cells....
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Saturday April 16

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, April 16, 2011,
David here.

Apologies for not updating sooner.  Grant was released from the hospital on Tuesday night. The doctors decided to give him a drug called GCS-F which is designed to help jump start his bone marrow to produce more infection fighting white cells. Grant received that and a similar drug several times during the hospital portion of his chemo.  The drug seemed to work and his ANC  rose to 250 The doctors felt comfortable letting him go because all indications were the ANC was still on the...
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Saturday April 9

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, April 10, 2011,
David here.  

Tough week.  Grant's fever has been gone since Tuesday and his blood cultures were all negative for bacterial and fungal infections.  But, his ANC has not come up, in fact its still dropping.  This morning is was 20; this evening it was 10.  ANC stands for absolute neutrophyl count and it represents how strong his immune system is.  Normal is 2,000-3,000.  Below 500 is a severely compromised immune system. 

Several things can cause ANC to drop, including viruses like the one he ...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 9:23 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,

Okay. We have a diagnosis. Grant has parainfluenza. This is NOT the flu. It is the virus that causes bronchitis.

At 2:30 a.m., the doctor came in to tell me that the viral study came back with this result. I was elated to know it was a virus. They are still treating him as if he had a bacteria though because he spiked a fever of 103 last night. They just have to be so careful. His ANC (ability to fight infection) dropped even further. His ANC is now 130. It looks like we will be in here a whil...


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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:00 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,

Hey guys,
Well, after having a wonderful week and celebrating Claire turning 6 (which I still can't believe) Grant ended up spiking a fever and has been admitted to the hospital. Why is it that I only post the bad news these days? I need to find some time to tell you about all the progress he has made. Grant's walking has gotten even better and he is almost running now. He got to go to the Shell Houston Open and even hit a few balls on Saturday while Claire had 15+ girls over for a Garden Tea...


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Browsing Archive: April, 2011

April 26

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 26, 2011,
David here

Grant went to clinic yesterday for counts and chemotherapy.   All of his counts were good and he received chemo as scheduled.  Dr. Dreyer was pleased and she ordered all meds to be restarted at full dosage.

He will go back for counts next Monday and get his next bone marrow study and spinal in about a month.


Continue reading ...
 

Wednesday April 20

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, April 20, 2011,

David here.

Grant's counts came up yesterday.  His ANC was over 810; platelets 140; hemoblogin 11.2.  There are no restricitons on his activities right now.

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and emails of support.




Continue reading ...
 

Saturday April 16, 1pm

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, April 16, 2011,
David here  again, just a few hours after the last update.

The GCS-F wore off.   His ANC was 370 today.  The rest of the numbers were essentially the same.  I spoke to Dr. Dreyer who says she is not worried.  She said its not uncommon at all to have the  ANC go back down after the GCS-F wears off. I think she is absolutely telling me the truth, but we cant help but be very worried.  We are holding the Gleevec for now, as that can make it harder for  recovering bone marrow to produce new cells....
Continue reading ...
 

Saturday April 16

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Saturday, April 16, 2011,
David here.

Apologies for not updating sooner.  Grant was released from the hospital on Tuesday night. The doctors decided to give him a drug called GCS-F which is designed to help jump start his bone marrow to produce more infection fighting white cells. Grant received that and a similar drug several times during the hospital portion of his chemo.  The drug seemed to work and his ANC  rose to 250 The doctors felt comfortable letting him go because all indications were the ANC was still on the...
Continue reading ...
 

Saturday April 9

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, April 10, 2011,
David here.  

Tough week.  Grant's fever has been gone since Tuesday and his blood cultures were all negative for bacterial and fungal infections.  But, his ANC has not come up, in fact its still dropping.  This morning is was 20; this evening it was 10.  ANC stands for absolute neutrophyl count and it represents how strong his immune system is.  Normal is 2,000-3,000.  Below 500 is a severely compromised immune system. 

Several things can cause ANC to drop, including viruses like the one he ...
Continue reading ...
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 9:23 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,

Okay. We have a diagnosis. Grant has parainfluenza. This is NOT the flu. It is the virus that causes bronchitis.

At 2:30 a.m., the doctor came in to tell me that the viral study came back with this result. I was elated to know it was a virus. They are still treating him as if he had a bacteria though because he spiked a fever of 103 last night. They just have to be so careful. His ANC (ability to fight infection) dropped even further. His ANC is now 130. It looks like we will be in here a whil...


Continue reading ...
 

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:00 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,

Hey guys,
Well, after having a wonderful week and celebrating Claire turning 6 (which I still can't believe) Grant ended up spiking a fever and has been admitted to the hospital. Why is it that I only post the bad news these days? I need to find some time to tell you about all the progress he has made. Grant's walking has gotten even better and he is almost running now. He got to go to the Shell Houston Open and even hit a few balls on Saturday while Claire had 15+ girls over for a Garden Tea...


Continue reading ...