Pray for Grant

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 rise.  We are somewhat concerned that the ANC jump was only due to the GCS-F and that the ANC may start to come back down as the drug wears off.  

He went back to clinic on Thursday and the ANC was 890.  We kept him out of school just to be careful.  We are taking him for counts this morning and if they still look good, he will likely go to school Monday.  He has felt good for the past 7 days and we hope that continues.

Grant's friends and teachers were so great throughout this tough 10 days.Grant's teachers, Ms. Milewski and Ms. Cussins, had all of Grant's classmates make get well cards which were very cute.  Claire's teacher, Kathy Sessions,, and our friend, Tausha Cox, brought goodies to the hospital and watched Grant for a couple of hours so Melanie and I could go have dinner together.  We greatly appreciated that. Dena Marks and her neighbor, Melanie, brought toys for Grant, which included a Nerf dart gun with which Grant shot each of his doctors, nurses, PCA's and parents.  Then, yesterday, Dena took care of Grant from 9-2 so Melanie could attend her 2nd to last Junior League commitment.  Dena took him fishing and Grant caught 3 fish!  Grant had the time of his life and cant wait to go catch more fish.  

Claire has been an unbelievable big sister.  Even though she misses her brother and her mommy very much when they are at the hospital, she has been such a big girl.  We are so proud of the way Claire deals with the disruption in her life and not having her brother/best friend home with her.   Grant and Claire are only 15 months apart and really are best friends.  When Claire visits the hospital Grant beams when she walks in the room.  Then, they laugh and play together the whole time.   

Melanie leaves for a conference in Ft Worth on Sunday morning. She returns Wednesday night.  This will be exciting for her as she will get to meet George W Bush who is a speaker at the conference.   I have asked Melanie to ask him his thoughts on the "nucular" disaster in Japan. (just kidding, this is just a light hearted dig at W in case Mom or Aunt Cindy reads this)

 
Finally, if you didn't see 60 Minutes last week, get online and search for it.  They did a story on Grant's pal, Albert Pujols.  They told the story of Albert going to TCH after a game(alone) and giving the bat he hit his 400th home run with to Brandon, a great kid who his battling a brain tumor.   We love Albert.



 

 


 

 

 
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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!

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 rise.  We are somewhat concerned that the ANC jump was only due to the GCS-F and that the ANC may start to come back down as the drug wears off.  

He went back to clinic on Thursday and the ANC was 890.  We kept him out of school just to be careful.  We are taking him for counts this morning and if they still look good, he will likely go to school Monday.  He has felt good for the past 7 days and we hope that continues.

Grant's friends and teachers were so great throughout this tough 10 days.Grant's teachers, Ms. Milewski and Ms. Cussins, had all of Grant's classmates make get well cards which were very cute.  Claire's teacher, Kathy Sessions,, and our friend, Tausha Cox, brought goodies to the hospital and watched Grant for a couple of hours so Melanie and I could go have dinner together.  We greatly appreciated that. Dena Marks and her neighbor, Melanie, brought toys for Grant, which included a Nerf dart gun with which Grant shot each of his doctors, nurses, PCA's and parents.  Then, yesterday, Dena took care of Grant from 9-2 so Melanie could attend her 2nd to last Junior League commitment.  Dena took him fishing and Grant caught 3 fish!  Grant had the time of his life and cant wait to go catch more fish.  

Claire has been an unbelievable big sister.  Even though she misses her brother and her mommy very much when they are at the hospital, she has been such a big girl.  We are so proud of the way Claire deals with the disruption in her life and not having her brother/best friend home with her.   Grant and Claire are only 15 months apart and really are best friends.  When Claire visits the hospital Grant beams when she walks in the room.  Then, they laugh and play together the whole time.   

Melanie leaves for a conference in Ft Worth on Sunday morning. She returns Wednesday night.  This will be exciting for her as she will get to meet George W Bush who is a speaker at the conference.   I have asked Melanie to ask him his thoughts on the "nucular" disaster in Japan. (just kidding, this is just a light hearted dig at W in case Mom or Aunt Cindy reads this)

 
Finally, if you didn't see 60 Minutes last week, get online and search for it.  They did a story on Grant's pal, Albert Pujols.  They told the story of Albert going to TCH after a game(alone) and giving the bat he hit his 400th home run with to Brandon, a great kid who his battling a brain tumor.   We love Albert.



 

 


 

 

 
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