Pray for Grant

January 31 2012

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
David here. Grant had his bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap yesterday.  As usual, he handled it like a big boy.  Not one tear(the same can't be said for mommy and daddy).  Dr. Dreyer called last night to tell us that Grant's MRD was 0 which was great news. That means no leukemia cells detected by that test.  This  is the first of 3 bone marrow tests they run.  We should get the other results later in the week.  They also tested his spinal fluid for signs of leukemia and those results should be back in a few days.

The official plan now is to continue Gleevec(2 pills every morning) for 6 months; to check his blood every 2 weeks and to check his bone marrow every 3 months. No more steroids, methotrexate, vincristine or 6MP on the plan.

While Grant is continuing on with one medication, yesterday was still a very important milestone for us.  It was the last day of his 32 month treatment regimen.   We thanked Dr.Dreyer for being Grant's doctor and we told her that we would not have wanted any other doctor treating Grant.  Melanie and I are "hands on" parents, meaning we ask a lot of questions.  I even regularly emailed Dr. Dreyer medical articles I found.  Some doctors probably wouldn't have liked that. Dr. Dreyer never once acted annoyed or put out by our calls, emails or texts.  Pediatricians,especially pediatric oncologists, really have 3 patients in every family--the child and the parents.  We are so happy that Dr. Dreyer is our doctor.   

Please continue to pray for Grant and for all kids with cancer.  


 
 




 

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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!

January 31 2012

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
David here. Grant had his bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap yesterday.  As usual, he handled it like a big boy.  Not one tear(the same can't be said for mommy and daddy).  Dr. Dreyer called last night to tell us that Grant's MRD was 0 which was great news. That means no leukemia cells detected by that test.  This  is the first of 3 bone marrow tests they run.  We should get the other results later in the week.  They also tested his spinal fluid for signs of leukemia and those results should be back in a few days.

The official plan now is to continue Gleevec(2 pills every morning) for 6 months; to check his blood every 2 weeks and to check his bone marrow every 3 months. No more steroids, methotrexate, vincristine or 6MP on the plan.

While Grant is continuing on with one medication, yesterday was still a very important milestone for us.  It was the last day of his 32 month treatment regimen.   We thanked Dr.Dreyer for being Grant's doctor and we told her that we would not have wanted any other doctor treating Grant.  Melanie and I are "hands on" parents, meaning we ask a lot of questions.  I even regularly emailed Dr. Dreyer medical articles I found.  Some doctors probably wouldn't have liked that. Dr. Dreyer never once acted annoyed or put out by our calls, emails or texts.  Pediatricians,especially pediatric oncologists, really have 3 patients in every family--the child and the parents.  We are so happy that Dr. Dreyer is our doctor.   

Please continue to pray for Grant and for all kids with cancer.