Pray for Grant

Sunday - Jan. 17 - 5:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!!! Since Grant was released on New Years Eve, our schedules have been very busy. Grant has been back and forth to clinic to receive chemo and have his counts checked, and then twice a week he goes to PT. Claire has been very busy with school daily, ballet and gymnastics. David has been traveling quite a bit too. So, I am sorry I have been so bad about updating this. When I have had some down time, I have either been paying bills, responding to some e-mails, or trying to catch up on much needed sleep. Poor Grant has not been able to sleep well with the steroids he has been on, which means that David and I have not sleep well either.

Grant is doing okay. He has lost quite a bit of weight over the last few weeks. Since October, he has suffered from two series bacterial infections that have given him the worst tummy issues. He complains that his stomach hurts all the time. He has seemed punier the usual and I think it is all due to the bacterial infections, chemo, and the steroids. I pray he starts to perk up soon. I miss his smile.

This morning, his Uncle Mike ran the Houston Marathon for Grant and raised several thousand dollars for the Sunshine Kids. It was a beautiful day to watch Mike complete the tough 26 miles! We are so proud of him and so thankful for this incredible effort he made in Grant's honor. Grant is proudly displaying his Uncle Mike's medal on his IV Pull. Thanks again Mike!

Claire will spend the next few days in Waco with David's parents. I think she will have a great time there being spoiled rotten!  David will head out of town on Tuesday and then will finally visit with his back surgeon on Thursday to discuss when he will have the surgery. His back has gotten worse and so he is planning on having the surgery in the very near future.

Today Grant has checked back into the hospital to start the last "Intensification" phase of his treatment plan. This will last about 2 months and then he should enter into "Maintenance - 1-4" which is easier, but still "hospital" chemo. Grant will get pre-hydrated tonight and start the Methotrexate at 8:00 a.m. I am thrilled that Dr. Dryer will be his doctor while he is inpatient! The last time Grant received this drug, he suffered the neurological event that caused him to loose his ability to walk. So please pray that he handles it much better this time around. I know the doctors have really worked hard to adjust the dosage and will be checking his levels constantly tomorrow to make sure we do not have a bad time again. I just pray he does well. He is getting better walking everyday and like I said earlier - I miss is smile!

Thanks again for everyone's continued support and prayers. I'll keep you posted on his progress throughout this week.



 

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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 - Jan. 17 - 5:30 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!!! Since Grant was released on New Years Eve, our schedules have been very busy. Grant has been back and forth to clinic to receive chemo and have his counts checked, and then twice a week he goes to PT. Claire has been very busy with school daily, ballet and gymnastics. David has been traveling quite a bit too. So, I am sorry I have been so bad about updating this. When I have had some down time, I have either been paying bills, responding to some e-mails, or trying to catch up on much needed sleep. Poor Grant has not been able to sleep well with the steroids he has been on, which means that David and I have not sleep well either.

Grant is doing okay. He has lost quite a bit of weight over the last few weeks. Since October, he has suffered from two series bacterial infections that have given him the worst tummy issues. He complains that his stomach hurts all the time. He has seemed punier the usual and I think it is all due to the bacterial infections, chemo, and the steroids. I pray he starts to perk up soon. I miss his smile.

This morning, his Uncle Mike ran the Houston Marathon for Grant and raised several thousand dollars for the Sunshine Kids. It was a beautiful day to watch Mike complete the tough 26 miles! We are so proud of him and so thankful for this incredible effort he made in Grant's honor. Grant is proudly displaying his Uncle Mike's medal on his IV Pull. Thanks again Mike!

Claire will spend the next few days in Waco with David's parents. I think she will have a great time there being spoiled rotten!  David will head out of town on Tuesday and then will finally visit with his back surgeon on Thursday to discuss when he will have the surgery. His back has gotten worse and so he is planning on having the surgery in the very near future.

Today Grant has checked back into the hospital to start the last "Intensification" phase of his treatment plan. This will last about 2 months and then he should enter into "Maintenance - 1-4" which is easier, but still "hospital" chemo. Grant will get pre-hydrated tonight and start the Methotrexate at 8:00 a.m. I am thrilled that Dr. Dryer will be his doctor while he is inpatient! The last time Grant received this drug, he suffered the neurological event that caused him to loose his ability to walk. So please pray that he handles it much better this time around. I know the doctors have really worked hard to adjust the dosage and will be checking his levels constantly tomorrow to make sure we do not have a bad time again. I just pray he does well. He is getting better walking everyday and like I said earlier - I miss is smile!

Thanks again for everyone's continued support and prayers. I'll keep you posted on his progress throughout this week.