Pray for Grant

Saturday August 15

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 16, 2009

Its Grant's Daddy again.

Grant is home! He was discharged on Friday around 4:30 pm after he received a blood transfusion and underwent an echocardiogram.  The next round of chemo includes a drug that can affect the heart, so they want to check out his heart ahead of time.

He is making significant progress with his speaking and using his arms and legs. The doctors tell us he should make a complete recovery.

We spent the day hanging out, painting, playing Candyland, running errands and eating at Chuy's. I have to say I've never enjoyed playing Candyland like I did today. Grant loves it, even though he doesnt quite understand that the object is to move forward.

Grant is eating and drinking, but Dr Dreyer sent us home with the IV nutrition just in case.  Grant has eaten 1/2 of a donut, a lot of popcorn, 1/4 of a tortilla, a couple of bites of hot dog and has drunk some chocolate milk and Sprite. 

Melanie has been in charge of accessing and de-accessing the IV nutrition.  She has handled that incredibly well, as she has everything she has been asked to do throughout this ordeal.  Mommy and wife of the year awards go to Melanie in a landslide. She has spent the better part of 3 months at the hospital at Grant's side, while somehow managing to do so many thoughtful things for me and Claire. How lucky can a man be to have Grant as a son and Melanie as a wife.

The plan now is for Melanie to take Grant to Clinic on Monday and Tuesday for treatments.  Then, if he doesnt have a fever or some other complication, he will be hospitalized for one or two nights beginning Wednesday.  Dr Dreyer told Melanie that this round of chemo isnt as notorious as the last round for causing prolonged hospital stays, so there is a realistic chance we will be home together all of next weekend and most of the next 3 weeks.  We will be so thankful if that happens.

Claire started St Martha's Catholic School on Friday.  She woke up Friday morning telling me and my mom that she didnt want to go to school and didnt want to wear her uniform.  My mom and I took her into her classroom and left her there, screaming and crying for me.  Melanie's Dad picked Claire up after school and told me that Claire was in a great mood and said she loved school.  Claire told us last night that she likes her new school better than her old one.
Needless to say, that was a relief.

We plan to go to 9:00 Mass tomorrow and eat breakfast at Skeeter's, Grant's favorite restaurant.  Claire has declared Sunday night "game night" which typically includes Candyland and a card game Claire made up called "Guess the Word."

Many thanks to our families who have provided so much support for us, especially over the last 2 weeks. Papa, Nana, Aunt Missy, Uncle Brett, Aunt Mary Beth, Uncle John, The 3 Stooges, Unlce Mike, Aunt Ashley and Baba have all done so much for us.    Special thanks must go to my mother who has come through for us in more ways than I can name.

Melanie will be back online tomorrow. 



 

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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 August 15

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 16, 2009

Its Grant's Daddy again.

Grant is home! He was discharged on Friday around 4:30 pm after he received a blood transfusion and underwent an echocardiogram.  The next round of chemo includes a drug that can affect the heart, so they want to check out his heart ahead of time.

He is making significant progress with his speaking and using his arms and legs. The doctors tell us he should make a complete recovery.

We spent the day hanging out, painting, playing Candyland, running errands and eating at Chuy's. I have to say I've never enjoyed playing Candyland like I did today. Grant loves it, even though he doesnt quite understand that the object is to move forward.

Grant is eating and drinking, but Dr Dreyer sent us home with the IV nutrition just in case.  Grant has eaten 1/2 of a donut, a lot of popcorn, 1/4 of a tortilla, a couple of bites of hot dog and has drunk some chocolate milk and Sprite. 

Melanie has been in charge of accessing and de-accessing the IV nutrition.  She has handled that incredibly well, as she has everything she has been asked to do throughout this ordeal.  Mommy and wife of the year awards go to Melanie in a landslide. She has spent the better part of 3 months at the hospital at Grant's side, while somehow managing to do so many thoughtful things for me and Claire. How lucky can a man be to have Grant as a son and Melanie as a wife.

The plan now is for Melanie to take Grant to Clinic on Monday and Tuesday for treatments.  Then, if he doesnt have a fever or some other complication, he will be hospitalized for one or two nights beginning Wednesday.  Dr Dreyer told Melanie that this round of chemo isnt as notorious as the last round for causing prolonged hospital stays, so there is a realistic chance we will be home together all of next weekend and most of the next 3 weeks.  We will be so thankful if that happens.

Claire started St Martha's Catholic School on Friday.  She woke up Friday morning telling me and my mom that she didnt want to go to school and didnt want to wear her uniform.  My mom and I took her into her classroom and left her there, screaming and crying for me.  Melanie's Dad picked Claire up after school and told me that Claire was in a great mood and said she loved school.  Claire told us last night that she likes her new school better than her old one.
Needless to say, that was a relief.

We plan to go to 9:00 Mass tomorrow and eat breakfast at Skeeter's, Grant's favorite restaurant.  Claire has declared Sunday night "game night" which typically includes Candyland and a card game Claire made up called "Guess the Word."

Many thanks to our families who have provided so much support for us, especially over the last 2 weeks. Papa, Nana, Aunt Missy, Uncle Brett, Aunt Mary Beth, Uncle John, The 3 Stooges, Unlce Mike, Aunt Ashley and Baba have all done so much for us.    Special thanks must go to my mother who has come through for us in more ways than I can name.

Melanie will be back online tomorrow.