Pray for Grant

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have to make this a short one tonight because I am just too tired to do more. As I mentioned on my last post, Grant was released to go home on Friday. I have kept him inside and away from everyone since then. I disinfected the house every day and have set up hand sanitizer stations all over the house. And still, he spiked a fever yesterday afternoon. So, around 3:30 p.m. I loaded up the car for an extended hospital stay and headed to the ER. When we arrived they took him to trauma because his heart rate was too high and he had a high fever. They gave him a bolus of IV saline to bring his heart rate down, but that did not work. So they gave him another. They let him sit on that one for a bit, but still it was too high so they gave him a third. The protocol is that if they give three boluses and can't get the heart rate down, then the patient has to go to ICU and be treated for shock. So, we headed to the ICU around 1:00 a.m. Once we were there, they put in an IV and started to give him 3 different IV antibiotics. He also needed blood and platelets, which he received. His heart rate finally settled down, but then his blood pressure dropped, so they gave another bolus. That seemed to do the trick. I finally fell asleep next to him around 4 a.m. for about two hours.

He improved over the night, so they let us come to our usual spot on the 9th floor. He has no ability to fight an infection so they will continue to give him IV antibiotics until his ability to fight infection comes back - hopefully by the end of the weekend. He has not had a fever since midnight last night and is in good spirits. He seems a little shaky to me, but I bet that is just because of the chemo and it will resolve with time. He walked a bit tonight and did okay. He is a little weak, but that is to be expected, I guess.

Well, we are off to bed. I'll keep you posted on his progress. I am just soooo grateful to be out of the ICU. I hate it there! It makes me crazy nervous.

Thanks again for the prayers and well wishes. Good night.

Melanie



 

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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!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have to make this a short one tonight because I am just too tired to do more. As I mentioned on my last post, Grant was released to go home on Friday. I have kept him inside and away from everyone since then. I disinfected the house every day and have set up hand sanitizer stations all over the house. And still, he spiked a fever yesterday afternoon. So, around 3:30 p.m. I loaded up the car for an extended hospital stay and headed to the ER. When we arrived they took him to trauma because his heart rate was too high and he had a high fever. They gave him a bolus of IV saline to bring his heart rate down, but that did not work. So they gave him another. They let him sit on that one for a bit, but still it was too high so they gave him a third. The protocol is that if they give three boluses and can't get the heart rate down, then the patient has to go to ICU and be treated for shock. So, we headed to the ICU around 1:00 a.m. Once we were there, they put in an IV and started to give him 3 different IV antibiotics. He also needed blood and platelets, which he received. His heart rate finally settled down, but then his blood pressure dropped, so they gave another bolus. That seemed to do the trick. I finally fell asleep next to him around 4 a.m. for about two hours.

He improved over the night, so they let us come to our usual spot on the 9th floor. He has no ability to fight an infection so they will continue to give him IV antibiotics until his ability to fight infection comes back - hopefully by the end of the weekend. He has not had a fever since midnight last night and is in good spirits. He seems a little shaky to me, but I bet that is just because of the chemo and it will resolve with time. He walked a bit tonight and did okay. He is a little weak, but that is to be expected, I guess.

Well, we are off to bed. I'll keep you posted on his progress. I am just soooo grateful to be out of the ICU. I hate it there! It makes me crazy nervous.

Thanks again for the prayers and well wishes. Good night.

Melanie