Pray for Grant

Thursday, Aug 27 - 1:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 27, 2009

So far so good! Grant has been able to handle this round of chemo so far. All he wants to do is GO HOME. He is feeling so good, that he is going stir crazy up here. He is receiving 4 doses of this new chemo drug and has had three of them so far. The last one will be at 8:00 tonight. It takes only 30 minutes to administer and then he will get a PEG shot. That is another chemo that some kids have an allergic reaction to. To make sure Grant does not, they will give him the shot at 8:30 tonight and watch him closely for two hours and will send us home with an EPI Pen. They want to make sure his kidneys flush out okay so they will have him on IV hydration until around 2:00 a.m. If all goes well, Grant and I will be out of here no later than 3:00 a.m. I know it seems crazy to leave in the middle of the night, but he wants out of here as fast a possible and Claire really wants me to be home to take her to school tomorrow morning. So, I promised him I would load up the car and get him out of the hospital as soon as possible.

He has been so funny this time around and is getting stronger and stronger every day. He continues to flirt with all the nurses and hits the Dr.s with his new sword. He keeps telling me that we need to "go find someone else to fight." He did GREAT at physical therapy today. He walked quite a bit and even took a few swings at a baseball. His hips are still weak, but I would guess he would be up and walking around totally unassisted by the end of the weekend. I have not seen him run in several months, but if we can stay on track, I hope he will be able to do so in a few months. His hand coordination is getting better as is his speech.

I have to say I am so proud of my entire family. Of course I am proud of Grant. He is handling the chemo and its nasty side effects like a true soldier. But I am also very, very proud of my little girl Claire. She has had a rough time with me being gone so much and having to start a new school, meeting new people in her gym, ballet and school classes and missing things that she would ordinarily get to do. Other than a few tears, she has handled everything with such grace. She is spending a lot more time with Grant and I at the hospital and sees too much. She sees kids with no hair, kids in wheel chairs, kids with scars on the heads, and kids that are on breathing machines. She is terribly smart and knows way too much for a four year old. Instead of being fearful of Grant's cancer and just life at the hospital, she wants to know more. This week, Dr. Dreyer let her look through a microscope at a slide of blood. She was thrilled. She came home that night and drew a picture of large red blood cells, small red platelets and purple white cells. Then today, she asked our nurse practitioner if she could use her stethoscope to listen to Grant's heartbeat. I wish you could have seen her face. She was so serious. Anyway, I want her to know how much I love her and how proud of her I am. She is the best big sister any boy could have.

And as for David - I don't know where to begin. He has been my lifeline. He is truly the greatest husband and father I know. He has jumped right in and been a mother to Claire when I could not be. He gives baths, goes to ballet and gym classes, goes grocery shopping, does laundry, listens to me cry, holds Grant when I can't anymore, tucks Claire in every night, and NEVER complains about any of it. He has done more research on Grant's cancer than anyone would care to imagine and knows all the right questions to ask the doctors. Oh and did I mention he is a damn good attorney too? He manages to keep it all together and still be productive at work. I think he is just amazing and I could not be any prouder of him. Please keep David in your prayers too. He had an MRI on his back and it turns out that one of his disks is bad and is putting pressure on his spine and a nerve in his lower back. He is in quite a bit of pain and is waiting on an appointment to find out if this will require surgery to correct. I am telling you. He is an amazing guy to be able to handle all of his.


That is all for now. I will update this again when we get home tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for keeping us in your prayers.



 

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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!

Thursday, Aug 27 - 1:47 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, August 27, 2009

So far so good! Grant has been able to handle this round of chemo so far. All he wants to do is GO HOME. He is feeling so good, that he is going stir crazy up here. He is receiving 4 doses of this new chemo drug and has had three of them so far. The last one will be at 8:00 tonight. It takes only 30 minutes to administer and then he will get a PEG shot. That is another chemo that some kids have an allergic reaction to. To make sure Grant does not, they will give him the shot at 8:30 tonight and watch him closely for two hours and will send us home with an EPI Pen. They want to make sure his kidneys flush out okay so they will have him on IV hydration until around 2:00 a.m. If all goes well, Grant and I will be out of here no later than 3:00 a.m. I know it seems crazy to leave in the middle of the night, but he wants out of here as fast a possible and Claire really wants me to be home to take her to school tomorrow morning. So, I promised him I would load up the car and get him out of the hospital as soon as possible.

He has been so funny this time around and is getting stronger and stronger every day. He continues to flirt with all the nurses and hits the Dr.s with his new sword. He keeps telling me that we need to "go find someone else to fight." He did GREAT at physical therapy today. He walked quite a bit and even took a few swings at a baseball. His hips are still weak, but I would guess he would be up and walking around totally unassisted by the end of the weekend. I have not seen him run in several months, but if we can stay on track, I hope he will be able to do so in a few months. His hand coordination is getting better as is his speech.

I have to say I am so proud of my entire family. Of course I am proud of Grant. He is handling the chemo and its nasty side effects like a true soldier. But I am also very, very proud of my little girl Claire. She has had a rough time with me being gone so much and having to start a new school, meeting new people in her gym, ballet and school classes and missing things that she would ordinarily get to do. Other than a few tears, she has handled everything with such grace. She is spending a lot more time with Grant and I at the hospital and sees too much. She sees kids with no hair, kids in wheel chairs, kids with scars on the heads, and kids that are on breathing machines. She is terribly smart and knows way too much for a four year old. Instead of being fearful of Grant's cancer and just life at the hospital, she wants to know more. This week, Dr. Dreyer let her look through a microscope at a slide of blood. She was thrilled. She came home that night and drew a picture of large red blood cells, small red platelets and purple white cells. Then today, she asked our nurse practitioner if she could use her stethoscope to listen to Grant's heartbeat. I wish you could have seen her face. She was so serious. Anyway, I want her to know how much I love her and how proud of her I am. She is the best big sister any boy could have.

And as for David - I don't know where to begin. He has been my lifeline. He is truly the greatest husband and father I know. He has jumped right in and been a mother to Claire when I could not be. He gives baths, goes to ballet and gym classes, goes grocery shopping, does laundry, listens to me cry, holds Grant when I can't anymore, tucks Claire in every night, and NEVER complains about any of it. He has done more research on Grant's cancer than anyone would care to imagine and knows all the right questions to ask the doctors. Oh and did I mention he is a damn good attorney too? He manages to keep it all together and still be productive at work. I think he is just amazing and I could not be any prouder of him. Please keep David in your prayers too. He had an MRI on his back and it turns out that one of his disks is bad and is putting pressure on his spine and a nerve in his lower back. He is in quite a bit of pain and is waiting on an appointment to find out if this will require surgery to correct. I am telling you. He is an amazing guy to be able to handle all of his.


That is all for now. I will update this again when we get home tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for keeping us in your prayers.