Pray for Grant

August 9 2010 6:45 pm

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grant's Daddy here.

We checked Grant in this morning for the third to last round of hospital chemo.  His ANC was over 800 so he was good to go.  As usual, he couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight because of the anesthesia for his bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap.  He had to wait until noon before it was his turn in the O.R..  He was a very big boy and didn't complain at all about the wait.  Melanie's Dad came up to see him which was a treat for Grant. 

Dr Dreyer notified Melanie around 4pm that Grant's bone marrow MRD (minimal residual disease) was 0, which was great news.  This means  no leukemia cells were detected in his bone marrow.  We are still waiting on the results of the FISH and PCR tests which look for the presence of Philadelphia chromosome. We should get the FISH results by Wednesday and the PCR results late this week or early next week.  Grant's MRD has been 0 since 8 days after his diagnosis, but it is nonetheless incredibly nerve racking waiting for the results each time..  This time around we were even  more nervous than usual because of his sluggish ANC recovery.  Needless to say we are relieved tonight.

The chemotherapy started around 6pm tonight which means if we stay on schedule he should be discharged in the late afternoon on Friday.  The drug he is receiving this time(Etoposide) has caused him to develop extremely low blood counts and a fever every time he has gotten it so far.  So, we fully expect to go back to the hospital within a few days of discharge for another 5-7 day hospitalization. 

Claire is with my parents in Waco this week. Again, where would we be without them.  Mary Beth and the boys are heading to Waco tomorrow for a couple of days, and Claire is very excited about spending time with her cousins. The boys are unbelievably sweet to Claire and make her feel very special. 

We will report with updates as the week progresses







 

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Melanie McTaggart I am the proud mom and Claire and Grant. I am so blessed to have them in my life!

August 9 2010 6:45 pm

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grant's Daddy here.

We checked Grant in this morning for the third to last round of hospital chemo.  His ANC was over 800 so he was good to go.  As usual, he couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight because of the anesthesia for his bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap.  He had to wait until noon before it was his turn in the O.R..  He was a very big boy and didn't complain at all about the wait.  Melanie's Dad came up to see him which was a treat for Grant. 

Dr Dreyer notified Melanie around 4pm that Grant's bone marrow MRD (minimal residual disease) was 0, which was great news.  This means  no leukemia cells were detected in his bone marrow.  We are still waiting on the results of the FISH and PCR tests which look for the presence of Philadelphia chromosome. We should get the FISH results by Wednesday and the PCR results late this week or early next week.  Grant's MRD has been 0 since 8 days after his diagnosis, but it is nonetheless incredibly nerve racking waiting for the results each time..  This time around we were even  more nervous than usual because of his sluggish ANC recovery.  Needless to say we are relieved tonight.

The chemotherapy started around 6pm tonight which means if we stay on schedule he should be discharged in the late afternoon on Friday.  The drug he is receiving this time(Etoposide) has caused him to develop extremely low blood counts and a fever every time he has gotten it so far.  So, we fully expect to go back to the hospital within a few days of discharge for another 5-7 day hospitalization. 

Claire is with my parents in Waco this week. Again, where would we be without them.  Mary Beth and the boys are heading to Waco tomorrow for a couple of days, and Claire is very excited about spending time with her cousins. The boys are unbelievably sweet to Claire and make her feel very special. 

We will report with updates as the week progresses