Pray for Grant

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yesterday was a day of terror and joy.

We went to clinic planning to have a bone marrow aspiration, a spinal tap, and get admitted to start the next round of "hospital chemo." However, once again, Grant's platelet count was too low, and now his Red blood cell count was down while his white count went up. Of course our first thought was that the leukemia had returned. The numbers looked too similar to what they looked like on May 24th. And, this past weekend, Grant ran a low-grade temp of 99. Dr. Dreyer was concerned too that he had not recovered yet. She ordered that he receive blood and have the bone marrow biopsy done so that they could see if indeed the cancer had returned.

So, after many hours of waiting, crying, and ringing our hands, Grant is just fine! Dr. Dreyer looked at his bone marrow and saw lots of baby platelets and red blood cells that were being made and were just waiting to be released into his blood stream. She also called us to let us know that he is still MRD zero - meaning there was no apparent leukemia in his bone marrow. We are still waiting on some more sensitive tests, but so far so good.

They gave him platelets yesterday late afternoon and sent us home. We will go back on Thursday for neurology consult and have his numbers checked again. The plan is, if his numbers are okay on Monday, we will check in then and have the spinal done. I am just so ready to get moving again.

I just wanted to say how proud of my husband I am. He took Claire all by himself to Nebraska for a wedding. All weekend long, he called and checked in to see how Grant was doing and had to hear about his low-grade fever and fear that Grant and I would have to go to the ER. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to put on a good face for everyone there in NE while stressing out about Grant. And then, to come home and have to deal with all the stress of yesterday - uhhh. David, you are amazingly strong and I love you so much! You are an amazing father and a wonderful husband.

I also want to thank my parents for keeping me together this weekend. I think I would have totally lost it if, mom, you did not stay with me all day on Saturday. And thanks to both of you for helping me get through the stress of taking Grant's temp every 15 minutes for hours on Friday night.

On a lighter note - Thanks to my brother-in-law, Brett, for organizing a GREAT time on Sunday. Brett set up a private behind the scene tour of the Houston zoo. We got to hand feed the giraffes and touch an elephant. It was so cool! Grant, David, Claire and I had the best time!!!

Okay - now I just need to get through this week and hopefully get started with things on Monday.

Oh - If anyone would like to come out on Saturday night and support Grant and the Mothers Against Cancer - we will be at the Houston Motor Sport Park on Saturday night. Grant is being represented by one of the drivers! It should be a good time. I hope to see some of you out there! I will post more information about the event on the home page!



 

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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, Sept. 29, 2009

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yesterday was a day of terror and joy.

We went to clinic planning to have a bone marrow aspiration, a spinal tap, and get admitted to start the next round of "hospital chemo." However, once again, Grant's platelet count was too low, and now his Red blood cell count was down while his white count went up. Of course our first thought was that the leukemia had returned. The numbers looked too similar to what they looked like on May 24th. And, this past weekend, Grant ran a low-grade temp of 99. Dr. Dreyer was concerned too that he had not recovered yet. She ordered that he receive blood and have the bone marrow biopsy done so that they could see if indeed the cancer had returned.

So, after many hours of waiting, crying, and ringing our hands, Grant is just fine! Dr. Dreyer looked at his bone marrow and saw lots of baby platelets and red blood cells that were being made and were just waiting to be released into his blood stream. She also called us to let us know that he is still MRD zero - meaning there was no apparent leukemia in his bone marrow. We are still waiting on some more sensitive tests, but so far so good.

They gave him platelets yesterday late afternoon and sent us home. We will go back on Thursday for neurology consult and have his numbers checked again. The plan is, if his numbers are okay on Monday, we will check in then and have the spinal done. I am just so ready to get moving again.

I just wanted to say how proud of my husband I am. He took Claire all by himself to Nebraska for a wedding. All weekend long, he called and checked in to see how Grant was doing and had to hear about his low-grade fever and fear that Grant and I would have to go to the ER. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to put on a good face for everyone there in NE while stressing out about Grant. And then, to come home and have to deal with all the stress of yesterday - uhhh. David, you are amazingly strong and I love you so much! You are an amazing father and a wonderful husband.

I also want to thank my parents for keeping me together this weekend. I think I would have totally lost it if, mom, you did not stay with me all day on Saturday. And thanks to both of you for helping me get through the stress of taking Grant's temp every 15 minutes for hours on Friday night.

On a lighter note - Thanks to my brother-in-law, Brett, for organizing a GREAT time on Sunday. Brett set up a private behind the scene tour of the Houston zoo. We got to hand feed the giraffes and touch an elephant. It was so cool! Grant, David, Claire and I had the best time!!!

Okay - now I just need to get through this week and hopefully get started with things on Monday.

Oh - If anyone would like to come out on Saturday night and support Grant and the Mothers Against Cancer - we will be at the Houston Motor Sport Park on Saturday night. Grant is being represented by one of the drivers! It should be a good time. I hope to see some of you out there! I will post more information about the event on the home page!