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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 this over the next two days. This chemo can cause fevers and other flu-like symptoms. So far though, he has not spiked a fever. If he does, they will treat it like a bacterial infection, which means they will put him on IV antibiotics and send his blood out for cultures. So far, so good though.

 

Our Nurse Practitioner just informed me that “she did not want me to worry, but…” his methotrexate levels are high and so is the toxicity in his kidneys. I am a bit confused. The “high” limit for the methotrexate level is 150 and his is 148. When we checked in two days ago, his kidney level was at .9 and it has gone down to .6 – which sounds good to me. His numbers are not expected to go up, so why is she ordering a $10,000 medication to help his kidneys recover if he should go into renal failure??? This medicine she just ordered is NOT covered by insurance. She said that the main doctors are not concerned, but she has ordered it “just-in-case.” I am a little freaked out. Why would he need this if his numbers seem okay and they are expected to go down??? I hope to find out more soon and will keep you posted.



 

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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!

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 this over the next two days. This chemo can cause fevers and other flu-like symptoms. So far though, he has not spiked a fever. If he does, they will treat it like a bacterial infection, which means they will put him on IV antibiotics and send his blood out for cultures. So far, so good though.

 

Our Nurse Practitioner just informed me that “she did not want me to worry, but…” his methotrexate levels are high and so is the toxicity in his kidneys. I am a bit confused. The “high” limit for the methotrexate level is 150 and his is 148. When we checked in two days ago, his kidney level was at .9 and it has gone down to .6 – which sounds good to me. His numbers are not expected to go up, so why is she ordering a $10,000 medication to help his kidneys recover if he should go into renal failure??? This medicine she just ordered is NOT covered by insurance. She said that the main doctors are not concerned, but she has ordered it “just-in-case.” I am a little freaked out. Why would he need this if his numbers seem okay and they are expected to go down??? I hope to find out more soon and will keep you posted.