Pray for Grant

Sunday August 15 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 15, 2010
Grant's Daddy here again.

Grant was discharged on Friday evening.  Before we left the hospital Dr Dreyer gave us the news that the PCR test,  performed at MD Anderson,  showed no signs of Philadelphia chromosome.  So, the results of all leukemia related testing
 were great.  Also, Grant had a brain MRI on Wednesday which showed that the white matter changes to his brain had improved since has last MRI about 8 months ago. This is a good sign that once the chemotherapy is finished, his neurological problems should resolve or at least improve significantly.  Finally, the speech therapist evaluated Grant and said that his speaking is age appropriate for a 4 year old boy.

Before Grant left on Friday he got a visit from his pal, Bucky.  For those of you who dont know, Bucky, a bone cancer survivor, graduated from Strake Jesuit this  year and is headed off to the University of Texas next week.  Bucky came by and spent several hours at the hospital to visit the doctors and nurses and play with the kids who are currently patients.  He brought Grant a College World Series shirt and spent quite a while in Grant's room playing baseball.   Bucky's parents and teachers should be so proud.  He is as fine a young man as you will ever meet.  He has gone through so much adversity, yet we've never seen him when he hasnt been positive and supportive of the other kids. 

Claire came home from Waco Saturday and was able to attend Savannah Hardwick's birthday party. She had a great time. Claire starts kindergarten at St Martha's this week which seems hard to believe.  We have also registered Grant for pre-k 3.  He will only be able to attend on a part time basis, but he is excited about going to school where Claire goes. 

Grant feels great right now but, based on how he has reacted each time he has received Etoposide,  we fully expect him to develop a fever over the next few days as his white count and ANC drop to 0.  Assuming that happens he will likely be hospitalized for 5-7 days until his ANC starts to rise.  But who knows, maye that wont happen this time around.

More later.



 

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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 August 15 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, August 15, 2010
Grant's Daddy here again.

Grant was discharged on Friday evening.  Before we left the hospital Dr Dreyer gave us the news that the PCR test,  performed at MD Anderson,  showed no signs of Philadelphia chromosome.  So, the results of all leukemia related testing
 were great.  Also, Grant had a brain MRI on Wednesday which showed that the white matter changes to his brain had improved since has last MRI about 8 months ago. This is a good sign that once the chemotherapy is finished, his neurological problems should resolve or at least improve significantly.  Finally, the speech therapist evaluated Grant and said that his speaking is age appropriate for a 4 year old boy.

Before Grant left on Friday he got a visit from his pal, Bucky.  For those of you who dont know, Bucky, a bone cancer survivor, graduated from Strake Jesuit this  year and is headed off to the University of Texas next week.  Bucky came by and spent several hours at the hospital to visit the doctors and nurses and play with the kids who are currently patients.  He brought Grant a College World Series shirt and spent quite a while in Grant's room playing baseball.   Bucky's parents and teachers should be so proud.  He is as fine a young man as you will ever meet.  He has gone through so much adversity, yet we've never seen him when he hasnt been positive and supportive of the other kids. 

Claire came home from Waco Saturday and was able to attend Savannah Hardwick's birthday party. She had a great time. Claire starts kindergarten at St Martha's this week which seems hard to believe.  We have also registered Grant for pre-k 3.  He will only be able to attend on a part time basis, but he is excited about going to school where Claire goes. 

Grant feels great right now but, based on how he has reacted each time he has received Etoposide,  we fully expect him to develop a fever over the next few days as his white count and ANC drop to 0.  Assuming that happens he will likely be hospitalized for 5-7 days until his ANC starts to rise.  But who knows, maye that wont happen this time around.

More later.