Pray for Grant

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 Party. When he got home, both Claire and Grant had a “jam session” with Claire’s new mic and keyboard. (Hilarious!!)

Grant woke up on Sunday morning with a bad cough. He coughed all day and through his nap. I called the doctors and they said there was nothing to do unless he spiked a fever. Well, sure enough, as David and I were putting him to bed, it started. Around 9:30 on Sunday night he hit the magic number of 101 and I raced him down here to TCH. He immediately went to triage on a shock protocol because he was tachycardic. After one bag of IV fluids, his heart rate calmed down and they started him on the IV antibiotics. We got into a room around 3:00 a.m. this morning. He is on contact precautions and can't leave the room. Oh, what fun!!?

All-in-all, he has seemed okay. He has not broken a fever, but he ate some and played a bit. He did sleep more than normal though. The worst part about this is that his ANC has dropped to below 250. Our worst fear is that this is bacterial. So we are hoping he just has a virus. When your ANC is this low, your body has no ability to fight a bacterial infection - therefore it is up to the power of the IV drugs and God's grace. If it is a virus, well, there is nothing to do, but wait. They won't let him go home until he is fever free for 24 hours and his ANC is "trending" upwards. He will have another blood test at 4:00 a.m. and hopefully we are headed that way.

It is so odd to be up here. Grant has not been admitted since he left in October. I used to think I missed it up here - I MUST HAVE BEEN CRAZY. I hate it here now. It is sooo depressing. Many of our "cancer" friends have either relapsed, went to transplant, or have died and it is just so sad. One of the nurses up here was telling me about the little boy who died a few weeks ago that we knew. Let me just say, it is so sad how numb we all are. Here she is, telling me about sending the mom out of the room after she said good bye to her son, and how she had to prepare his body for the morgue and I am listening. It is so weird to be at a point like this. If I had heard a story like this a year ago, I would have fallen apart. The nurses have done this story over and over, so many times; it is like - just going through the motions for them. And I totally understand that.

 God, please, don't ever let our family have to go through that process. I can't stomach the idea.
Anyways, please, please, please, send up some extra prayers for Grant. And for Claire. Once again, she is left out. David has to go out of town and we have a sitter coming to spend the night with her on Wednesday. Please pray we get out of here on Thursday morning at the latest so I can be home with both my kids, and so that Claire does not have to come up to the hospital to sleep on Thursday night.



 

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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!

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 Party. When he got home, both Claire and Grant had a “jam session” with Claire’s new mic and keyboard. (Hilarious!!)

Grant woke up on Sunday morning with a bad cough. He coughed all day and through his nap. I called the doctors and they said there was nothing to do unless he spiked a fever. Well, sure enough, as David and I were putting him to bed, it started. Around 9:30 on Sunday night he hit the magic number of 101 and I raced him down here to TCH. He immediately went to triage on a shock protocol because he was tachycardic. After one bag of IV fluids, his heart rate calmed down and they started him on the IV antibiotics. We got into a room around 3:00 a.m. this morning. He is on contact precautions and can't leave the room. Oh, what fun!!?

All-in-all, he has seemed okay. He has not broken a fever, but he ate some and played a bit. He did sleep more than normal though. The worst part about this is that his ANC has dropped to below 250. Our worst fear is that this is bacterial. So we are hoping he just has a virus. When your ANC is this low, your body has no ability to fight a bacterial infection - therefore it is up to the power of the IV drugs and God's grace. If it is a virus, well, there is nothing to do, but wait. They won't let him go home until he is fever free for 24 hours and his ANC is "trending" upwards. He will have another blood test at 4:00 a.m. and hopefully we are headed that way.

It is so odd to be up here. Grant has not been admitted since he left in October. I used to think I missed it up here - I MUST HAVE BEEN CRAZY. I hate it here now. It is sooo depressing. Many of our "cancer" friends have either relapsed, went to transplant, or have died and it is just so sad. One of the nurses up here was telling me about the little boy who died a few weeks ago that we knew. Let me just say, it is so sad how numb we all are. Here she is, telling me about sending the mom out of the room after she said good bye to her son, and how she had to prepare his body for the morgue and I am listening. It is so weird to be at a point like this. If I had heard a story like this a year ago, I would have fallen apart. The nurses have done this story over and over, so many times; it is like - just going through the motions for them. And I totally understand that.

 God, please, don't ever let our family have to go through that process. I can't stomach the idea.
Anyways, please, please, please, send up some extra prayers for Grant. And for Claire. Once again, she is left out. David has to go out of town and we have a sitter coming to spend the night with her on Wednesday. Please pray we get out of here on Thursday morning at the latest so I can be home with both my kids, and so that Claire does not have to come up to the hospital to sleep on Thursday night.