Pray for Grant

Sunday, April 25 - 9:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, April 26, 2010

Well, all of Grant test came back great. His liver looked good. His heart looked good. He perked up some and so they let us go home with a lot of begging on my part. I wanted to see if getting out of the hospital would help him get some of his energy back. So late on Friday, after getting all the good results back from the zillion tests they ran, we got to go home.

On Saturday morning, Grant did not want to eat, but he did want to play with his sister upstairs - some. At lunch, David and I took him to eat at his favorite restaurant. That is where things took a turn. During lunch he kept telling us his stomach hurt. This is the same thing he has been telling me, I swear, for a month!!! Sure enough, the diarrhea started again - and in a BIG way! I got him home and literally had to hose him down in the driveway before bringing him in for a bath. That night, he did not want to play or eat. All he wanted to do was sleep. David and I talked and thought about it and decided to just let him sleep. After all, he had not pooped in several days, and we thought he just had to be all backed up and exhausted from the chemo he just had. So David and I went to dinner. When I got home, I went to go check on him and he had leaked through his diaper and all over his bed. So, into the tub he went. He did that a few more times and then slept great with David and I the rest of the night.

This morning, Grant woke up with a smile on his face and wanted to eat a waffle. So, again, he started to eat and then complain that his stomach hurt. To make a long story short, he threw up and has had about 10-15 VERY loose stools today. I weighed him and he is down to only 24 lbs. He has lost 5.5 lbs in a month. I knew we had to figure this out, so back to the ER we went.

When we got here they ran the labs again. I must have done a good job forcing him to drink because they all came back normal - thank God. He did need platelets but other than that, all his nutrition chemistries came back fine. They decided to do another ultrasound - this time on his entire abdomen and it turns out that his intestines are "fluid filled." So, we have been admitted. They have taken a stool sample and all I know right now is that they have found blood and white cells in his stool. That means he has an infection. My guess is that he has Colitis. I pray they start him on some type of antibiotic to fix this before he loses any more weight. I tell you, besides a few muscles, there is nothing left to him. He is just skin and bones and oddly enough is walking better than ever! At least I have some good news to report - right?? He still has to (or just wants to) hold on to me for security purposes, but he sure is getting there! I just don't want him to regress any further. While we are here, Grant is in "lockdown" and can't leave the room. Isn't that great for physical therapy!

Well, I'll update more, I promise, when I know more. Please pray that my baby gets better soon. And please pray for my Claire too. I miss her and feel so bad for her. She has a mommy who seems to never be home lately - physically or emotionally at times - and it just is not fair for her. I do not know how she manages to keep such a happy face all the time. And pray for David too. I have never seen him look so strained - it scares me.



 

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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!

Sunday, April 25 - 9:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, April 26, 2010

Well, all of Grant test came back great. His liver looked good. His heart looked good. He perked up some and so they let us go home with a lot of begging on my part. I wanted to see if getting out of the hospital would help him get some of his energy back. So late on Friday, after getting all the good results back from the zillion tests they ran, we got to go home.

On Saturday morning, Grant did not want to eat, but he did want to play with his sister upstairs - some. At lunch, David and I took him to eat at his favorite restaurant. That is where things took a turn. During lunch he kept telling us his stomach hurt. This is the same thing he has been telling me, I swear, for a month!!! Sure enough, the diarrhea started again - and in a BIG way! I got him home and literally had to hose him down in the driveway before bringing him in for a bath. That night, he did not want to play or eat. All he wanted to do was sleep. David and I talked and thought about it and decided to just let him sleep. After all, he had not pooped in several days, and we thought he just had to be all backed up and exhausted from the chemo he just had. So David and I went to dinner. When I got home, I went to go check on him and he had leaked through his diaper and all over his bed. So, into the tub he went. He did that a few more times and then slept great with David and I the rest of the night.

This morning, Grant woke up with a smile on his face and wanted to eat a waffle. So, again, he started to eat and then complain that his stomach hurt. To make a long story short, he threw up and has had about 10-15 VERY loose stools today. I weighed him and he is down to only 24 lbs. He has lost 5.5 lbs in a month. I knew we had to figure this out, so back to the ER we went.

When we got here they ran the labs again. I must have done a good job forcing him to drink because they all came back normal - thank God. He did need platelets but other than that, all his nutrition chemistries came back fine. They decided to do another ultrasound - this time on his entire abdomen and it turns out that his intestines are "fluid filled." So, we have been admitted. They have taken a stool sample and all I know right now is that they have found blood and white cells in his stool. That means he has an infection. My guess is that he has Colitis. I pray they start him on some type of antibiotic to fix this before he loses any more weight. I tell you, besides a few muscles, there is nothing left to him. He is just skin and bones and oddly enough is walking better than ever! At least I have some good news to report - right?? He still has to (or just wants to) hold on to me for security purposes, but he sure is getting there! I just don't want him to regress any further. While we are here, Grant is in "lockdown" and can't leave the room. Isn't that great for physical therapy!

Well, I'll update more, I promise, when I know more. Please pray that my baby gets better soon. And please pray for my Claire too. I miss her and feel so bad for her. She has a mommy who seems to never be home lately - physically or emotionally at times - and it just is not fair for her. I do not know how she manages to keep such a happy face all the time. And pray for David too. I have never seen him look so strained - it scares me.