Pray for Grant

Sunday, May 2, 10:30 am

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grant's daddy here.  Things have continued to improve since Friday's post.  We got out of ICU Friday evening.  He hasnt complained of any abdominal pain since Thursday.  They have been doing x-rays every day to follow the progress of the air in the bowel wall.  It has improved each day.  The surgeon told me this morning that he had a hard time seeing any on yesterday's film but the radiologist reported seeing a little.  That is a good sign. 

Grant is still not supposed to eat or drink anything until the xray is completely normal. We hope that will be today or tomorrow but it could be a few more  days.  Meanwhile he gets IV nutrition. 

Grant's energy is much better.  He is smiling and talking more.  He and I watched the Kentucky Derby yesterday and he told me "Daddy, when my tummy cat scan is better I want to go ride horses with you"

We were very distressed  on Thursday night and early Friday morning. But as we talked to the doctors and learned more about what he has, we became much more reassured.  The surgeons and the oncology team see this fairly commonly in the kids on chemo and they fully expect Grant to get over this just fine.  Its a potentially very serious complication but it seems to have been caught early in Grant's case, before it progressed to the extremely critical stage.  For example, he had an ultrasound done a few days before the cat scan and the ultrasound was read as essentially normal.  The condition likely developed between Tuesday and Thursday.

We will probably be in the hospital through this week. The standard treatment is 10 days of IV antibiotics. There is a small chance if he responds really well that we could leave a little sooner. 

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and words of support.  As a parent of a child with cancer, you can feel pretty alone and helpless sometimes.  Melanie and I really are strengthened by knowing how many people are thinking of and praying for Grant. 



 

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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, May 2, 10:30 am

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grant's daddy here.  Things have continued to improve since Friday's post.  We got out of ICU Friday evening.  He hasnt complained of any abdominal pain since Thursday.  They have been doing x-rays every day to follow the progress of the air in the bowel wall.  It has improved each day.  The surgeon told me this morning that he had a hard time seeing any on yesterday's film but the radiologist reported seeing a little.  That is a good sign. 

Grant is still not supposed to eat or drink anything until the xray is completely normal. We hope that will be today or tomorrow but it could be a few more  days.  Meanwhile he gets IV nutrition. 

Grant's energy is much better.  He is smiling and talking more.  He and I watched the Kentucky Derby yesterday and he told me "Daddy, when my tummy cat scan is better I want to go ride horses with you"

We were very distressed  on Thursday night and early Friday morning. But as we talked to the doctors and learned more about what he has, we became much more reassured.  The surgeons and the oncology team see this fairly commonly in the kids on chemo and they fully expect Grant to get over this just fine.  Its a potentially very serious complication but it seems to have been caught early in Grant's case, before it progressed to the extremely critical stage.  For example, he had an ultrasound done a few days before the cat scan and the ultrasound was read as essentially normal.  The condition likely developed between Tuesday and Thursday.

We will probably be in the hospital through this week. The standard treatment is 10 days of IV antibiotics. There is a small chance if he responds really well that we could leave a little sooner. 

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and words of support.  As a parent of a child with cancer, you can feel pretty alone and helpless sometimes.  Melanie and I really are strengthened by knowing how many people are thinking of and praying for Grant.