Pray for Grant

Tuesday August 10 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grant's Daddy here.
We checked Grant in yesterday at 7am for his 3rd to last hospital chemo.  As usual he couldnt eat or drink anything after midnight because of the anesthesia.  He had to wait until noon before it was his turn  in the O. R. and he was a very big boy and didnt complain at all about it.  Melanie's dad came up to visit him while he waited which was a treat for Grant. 

They did a spinal tap and bone marrow aspiration yesterday.  At around 4pm Dr Dreyer informed Melanie that the MRD(minimal residual disease) was 0.  That was great news; it means they found no leukemia cells in his bone marrow.  Grant has been MRD 0 since day 8 of treatment but it is nevertheless excruciating waiting for the results each time.  This  time we were more nervous than usual because of his sluggish white blood cell recovery after the last chemo round.  We are still waiting on the results of the FISH and PCR tests which look for the presence of the Philadelphia chromosmoe.   We should hear about FISH by Wednesday and PCR by next Monday.

Claire is in Waco with my parents. Again, where would we be without them.  Mary Beth and the boys are heading to Waco today and Claire is excited about spending time with her cousins. 

They started chemo at 6pm yesterday which means if we stay on schedule Grant should be discharged around 5pm on Friday.  Each time he has gotten the drug he is getting this week(Etoposide)he has developed fever and extremely low blood counts a few days after discharge.  So, we anticipate having to go back into the hospital for 5-7 days some time next 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!

Tuesday August 10 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grant's Daddy here.
We checked Grant in yesterday at 7am for his 3rd to last hospital chemo.  As usual he couldnt eat or drink anything after midnight because of the anesthesia.  He had to wait until noon before it was his turn  in the O. R. and he was a very big boy and didnt complain at all about it.  Melanie's dad came up to visit him while he waited which was a treat for Grant. 

They did a spinal tap and bone marrow aspiration yesterday.  At around 4pm Dr Dreyer informed Melanie that the MRD(minimal residual disease) was 0.  That was great news; it means they found no leukemia cells in his bone marrow.  Grant has been MRD 0 since day 8 of treatment but it is nevertheless excruciating waiting for the results each time.  This  time we were more nervous than usual because of his sluggish white blood cell recovery after the last chemo round.  We are still waiting on the results of the FISH and PCR tests which look for the presence of the Philadelphia chromosmoe.   We should hear about FISH by Wednesday and PCR by next Monday.

Claire is in Waco with my parents. Again, where would we be without them.  Mary Beth and the boys are heading to Waco today and Claire is excited about spending time with her cousins. 

They started chemo at 6pm yesterday which means if we stay on schedule Grant should be discharged around 5pm on Friday.  Each time he has gotten the drug he is getting this week(Etoposide)he has developed fever and extremely low blood counts a few days after discharge.  So, we anticipate having to go back into the hospital for 5-7 days some time next week.