Pray for Grant

Sunday December 26 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, December 26, 2010
Grant's dad here.

We're sorry for not posting an update in 3 weeks. We've been very busy with the Christmas season and we just haven't taken the time to update the site.  Its our first  New Year resolution.

Grant is doing well so far in the maintenance phase.  His counts were good enough for us to go to New York City December 11-14.  Claire and Grant had a ball.  At Grant's first clinic visit after returning from New York his ANC (absolute neutrophil count) was lower than we expected. That means he was probably much more susceptible than we thought to catching a bug while we were in New York.  Thankfully, there have been no fevers since we returned, so it looks like "no harm no foul"

Grant asked Santa for a "pretend" Red Rider bee bee gun. He wanted it to be a pretend gun so he wouldn't shoot his eye out.  Santa brought him a real Red Rider bee bee gun with a note that said he didn't want him to put any bee bees in it until he was big enough.  Grant was thrilled with it and has carried it around with him since yesterday morning. 

Claire asked Santa for an EZ Bake oven and a hair dressing kit.  She was very pleased with everything Santa brought. 

It has been a terrific  Christmas and we feel very blessed for it.  We all went to Texas Children's on Thursday to deliver cookies and a smoked turkey for the staff and patient families.  After that, we felt even more thankful for being home together for Christmas.  There are so many families that will spend Christmas and New Years on the 9th Floor.  Presley and her family joined us at the hospital that day.  It was so great to see Presley and Grant together again. 

Finally, we would like to encourage everyone reading this to take the time to  get entered into the bone marrow donor registry.  All it takes is filling out simple paper work and having the inside of your cheek swabbed with a Q tip.  So many leukemia patients(and other cancer patients) end up needing bone marrow transplants to save their lives. Many times a sibling can be  the donor.  But all too often there is no matching sibling and the doctors must go to the registry to search for a match.  A number of children die each year while waiting for a match.  The more people there are in the registry, the better the odds are for finding a donor.  The process of the actual bone marrow transplant is not difficult for the donor. It involves day surgery only and you can go back to work the next day.

DONATE YOUR BONE MARROW
Sign up to be a bone marrow donor today! It is not the painful procedure like most people think it is.
For more information on being a bone marrow donor and to join the registry, please visit: http://www.marrow.org/


Merry Christmas

David McTaggart










 

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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 December 26 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, December 26, 2010
Grant's dad here.

We're sorry for not posting an update in 3 weeks. We've been very busy with the Christmas season and we just haven't taken the time to update the site.  Its our first  New Year resolution.

Grant is doing well so far in the maintenance phase.  His counts were good enough for us to go to New York City December 11-14.  Claire and Grant had a ball.  At Grant's first clinic visit after returning from New York his ANC (absolute neutrophil count) was lower than we expected. That means he was probably much more susceptible than we thought to catching a bug while we were in New York.  Thankfully, there have been no fevers since we returned, so it looks like "no harm no foul"

Grant asked Santa for a "pretend" Red Rider bee bee gun. He wanted it to be a pretend gun so he wouldn't shoot his eye out.  Santa brought him a real Red Rider bee bee gun with a note that said he didn't want him to put any bee bees in it until he was big enough.  Grant was thrilled with it and has carried it around with him since yesterday morning. 

Claire asked Santa for an EZ Bake oven and a hair dressing kit.  She was very pleased with everything Santa brought. 

It has been a terrific  Christmas and we feel very blessed for it.  We all went to Texas Children's on Thursday to deliver cookies and a smoked turkey for the staff and patient families.  After that, we felt even more thankful for being home together for Christmas.  There are so many families that will spend Christmas and New Years on the 9th Floor.  Presley and her family joined us at the hospital that day.  It was so great to see Presley and Grant together again. 

Finally, we would like to encourage everyone reading this to take the time to  get entered into the bone marrow donor registry.  All it takes is filling out simple paper work and having the inside of your cheek swabbed with a Q tip.  So many leukemia patients(and other cancer patients) end up needing bone marrow transplants to save their lives. Many times a sibling can be  the donor.  But all too often there is no matching sibling and the doctors must go to the registry to search for a match.  A number of children die each year while waiting for a match.  The more people there are in the registry, the better the odds are for finding a donor.  The process of the actual bone marrow transplant is not difficult for the donor. It involves day surgery only and you can go back to work the next day.

DONATE YOUR BONE MARROW
Sign up to be a bone marrow donor today! It is not the painful procedure like most people think it is.
For more information on being a bone marrow donor and to join the registry, please visit: http://www.marrow.org/


Merry Christmas

David McTaggart