Pray for Grant

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day. The kids, David and I enjoyed a pancake dinner at home, followed by strawberries dipped in chocolate. It was quite nice.
 
Okay for a quick family update - Grant and Claire are loving school and spending time with their friends there. David has been crazy busy at work. And I have been crazy busy too. (On top of doing Junior League and being room mom for Claire's class, I went back to work, part-time, and mostly from home. I am working for Hart Energy Publishing again. This is the company I have worked for on and off, basically since college. They have been so kind to rehire me over and over again. The CEO reached out to me after the holidays to see if I was ready to make some money and I said sure. I thought I could add it to my list of things to juggle. It has been good so far - giving me something other than cancer to worry about. I am basically assisting in the operations and logistics of the conferences they put on for the oil and gas community - (working with the sponsors, selecting and ordering food and beverages, and ordering things like bags, mugs, pens, etc.).)

Grant has been doing really well for quite some time. His hair is all back. In fact, I had to take him for a trim yesterday. He is physically stronger too. However, yesterday, I took him in for counts and they are low. His ability to fight infection (ANC) is only 520 - so he can't go to school this week. Also, his platelets were low. This always gets David and I super worried. They have been trending downward over the last 5 weeks. We are hoping it is just the drug Gleevec he takes that is causing this. They have stopped the drug for now. He will go back in tomorrow for more tests and we will see where his numbers are. If they have dropped lower, they may stop all his chemo.  I pray his platelets are back up so I can stop worrying.

On Monday next week, Grant will go back in for a bone marrow test, a spinal tap with chemo, and then get IVIG (an immunity booster), Vincristine (chemo, IV push) and Pentamidine (breathing treatment to protect his lungs).  All of that with a film crew following us for the day. (This guy from Germany is doing a documentary.) We should know by Monday night if Grant is still cancer free - both in his spine and in his bone marrow. It will take a week for us to find out if they can still detect the presence of the Philadelphia Chromosome. God I hope he is okay still.

Our friend Presley will go in on Tuesday for the same bone marrow and spinal. Please pray for both these kids. Please pray that they are still cancer free and that their PH+ numbers are good. Presley's mom and I have been really worried about our babies. And please, as always, pray for all our friends at TCH, and throughout the world, that are going through this. Pray that they have the strength to handle all the chemo and the side effects. And pray for the family members too, that they can stay strong and united for their sick family member.
 


 



 

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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, Feb. 16, 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day. The kids, David and I enjoyed a pancake dinner at home, followed by strawberries dipped in chocolate. It was quite nice.
 
Okay for a quick family update - Grant and Claire are loving school and spending time with their friends there. David has been crazy busy at work. And I have been crazy busy too. (On top of doing Junior League and being room mom for Claire's class, I went back to work, part-time, and mostly from home. I am working for Hart Energy Publishing again. This is the company I have worked for on and off, basically since college. They have been so kind to rehire me over and over again. The CEO reached out to me after the holidays to see if I was ready to make some money and I said sure. I thought I could add it to my list of things to juggle. It has been good so far - giving me something other than cancer to worry about. I am basically assisting in the operations and logistics of the conferences they put on for the oil and gas community - (working with the sponsors, selecting and ordering food and beverages, and ordering things like bags, mugs, pens, etc.).)

Grant has been doing really well for quite some time. His hair is all back. In fact, I had to take him for a trim yesterday. He is physically stronger too. However, yesterday, I took him in for counts and they are low. His ability to fight infection (ANC) is only 520 - so he can't go to school this week. Also, his platelets were low. This always gets David and I super worried. They have been trending downward over the last 5 weeks. We are hoping it is just the drug Gleevec he takes that is causing this. They have stopped the drug for now. He will go back in tomorrow for more tests and we will see where his numbers are. If they have dropped lower, they may stop all his chemo.  I pray his platelets are back up so I can stop worrying.

On Monday next week, Grant will go back in for a bone marrow test, a spinal tap with chemo, and then get IVIG (an immunity booster), Vincristine (chemo, IV push) and Pentamidine (breathing treatment to protect his lungs).  All of that with a film crew following us for the day. (This guy from Germany is doing a documentary.) We should know by Monday night if Grant is still cancer free - both in his spine and in his bone marrow. It will take a week for us to find out if they can still detect the presence of the Philadelphia Chromosome. God I hope he is okay still.

Our friend Presley will go in on Tuesday for the same bone marrow and spinal. Please pray for both these kids. Please pray that they are still cancer free and that their PH+ numbers are good. Presley's mom and I have been really worried about our babies. And please, as always, pray for all our friends at TCH, and throughout the world, that are going through this. Pray that they have the strength to handle all the chemo and the side effects. And pray for the family members too, that they can stay strong and united for their sick family member.