Pray for Grant

Saturday April 9

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, April 10, 2011
David here.  

Tough week.  Grant's fever has been gone since Tuesday and his blood cultures were all negative for bacterial and fungal infections.  But, his ANC has not come up, in fact its still dropping.  This morning is was 20; this evening it was 10.  ANC stands for absolute neutrophyl count and it represents how strong his immune system is.  Normal is 2,000-3,000.  Below 500 is a severely compromised immune system. 

Several things can cause ANC to drop, including viruses like the one he tested positive for. The doctors say that the virus is very likely the cause of the low ANC; they dont seem worried that it could mean something far worse, like relapse.  There have apparently been several kids with the same virus whose ANC's remained low for more than a week. 
Just in case, they are going to do a bone marrow test Monday or Tuesday to make sure he is not showing signs of relapse.

The good news is Grant feels good; his hemoglobin is over 10 and his platelets are at 180.  His monocytes are 32.5 which is very high and often means his ANC is on the verge of shooting up. 

I'm here with the big guy tonight. We are watching Star Wars, playing catch and eating pizza.  Grant's attitude is amazingly good.  He isnt even allowed to leave the room because he tested positive for the virus. And even though he must be so sick and tired of being in this room, he is in a good mood 99% of the time. 

Melanie got a much deserved night off from hospital duty. She and Claire are getting to spend some time togehter tonight and they'll be back here in the morning.

I like to mention some of the thoughtful  things people have said and done because of Grant.  Earlier today Melanie and I were walking across the street to Starbucks when we saw Kendrick ,  one of the custodial staff at the hospital, doing some maintenance work in the front of the hospital.  When he saw us he stopped what he was doing and asked "How is Grant doing?"  We gave him a status report and he told us not to worry and  that everything would be alright.   You have no idea how good it makes Melanie and me feel to know that people think about Grant and care about how he is doing. Having a child with cancer can be a very lonely feeling, even when you have such a supportive family like we do.   Grant is just one little boy, fighting this terrible disease.  Somehow it feels like the fight is a little more fair when people like Kendrick tell us they're thinking and praying about Grant.

We've stopped even trying to predict when he'll get to go home.  But I think its safe to say it will be at least a few more days. 






 

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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 9

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, April 10, 2011
David here.  

Tough week.  Grant's fever has been gone since Tuesday and his blood cultures were all negative for bacterial and fungal infections.  But, his ANC has not come up, in fact its still dropping.  This morning is was 20; this evening it was 10.  ANC stands for absolute neutrophyl count and it represents how strong his immune system is.  Normal is 2,000-3,000.  Below 500 is a severely compromised immune system. 

Several things can cause ANC to drop, including viruses like the one he tested positive for. The doctors say that the virus is very likely the cause of the low ANC; they dont seem worried that it could mean something far worse, like relapse.  There have apparently been several kids with the same virus whose ANC's remained low for more than a week. 
Just in case, they are going to do a bone marrow test Monday or Tuesday to make sure he is not showing signs of relapse.

The good news is Grant feels good; his hemoglobin is over 10 and his platelets are at 180.  His monocytes are 32.5 which is very high and often means his ANC is on the verge of shooting up. 

I'm here with the big guy tonight. We are watching Star Wars, playing catch and eating pizza.  Grant's attitude is amazingly good.  He isnt even allowed to leave the room because he tested positive for the virus. And even though he must be so sick and tired of being in this room, he is in a good mood 99% of the time. 

Melanie got a much deserved night off from hospital duty. She and Claire are getting to spend some time togehter tonight and they'll be back here in the morning.

I like to mention some of the thoughtful  things people have said and done because of Grant.  Earlier today Melanie and I were walking across the street to Starbucks when we saw Kendrick ,  one of the custodial staff at the hospital, doing some maintenance work in the front of the hospital.  When he saw us he stopped what he was doing and asked "How is Grant doing?"  We gave him a status report and he told us not to worry and  that everything would be alright.   You have no idea how good it makes Melanie and me feel to know that people think about Grant and care about how he is doing. Having a child with cancer can be a very lonely feeling, even when you have such a supportive family like we do.   Grant is just one little boy, fighting this terrible disease.  Somehow it feels like the fight is a little more fair when people like Kendrick tell us they're thinking and praying about Grant.

We've stopped even trying to predict when he'll get to go home.  But I think its safe to say it will be at least a few more days.