Pray for Grant

Wednesday - March 24 - 11:26 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Well, we have finally started chemo. As many of you know, we were supposed to check in on Monday for the 1st round of "hospital maintenance" methotrexate. After we got to the hospital on Monday, our doctor asked to start on Wednesday, since the doctor who monitors Grant while he is on this drug was not in. So, with the car loaded and arrangements already made for Claire, a very sleepy and hungry Grant and I headed home after he had his bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap with chemo. We were told that we would get a call on Tuesday when the room in the hospital was ready and they would start the pre-hydration process so that he would be good to go with the methotrexate first thing Wednesday morning. The call to come in came at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Since I had no idea when they would call, I keep myself busy by scrubbing the tile and grout with bleach all day. Soooo much fun.
 
Last night David brought Grant to TCH and stayed the night with him. I dropped off Claire with my good friend Dena and attended the Mother's Against Cancer Kickoff Meeting. What a wonderful group of women. I am honored to be a member of this organization, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research ($3.5 million to date!) Be looking on my website for more information about MAC and to see what you can do to support this group. If you have never been to their annual luncheon (first Monday in December at the Kingwood Country Club) you are missing out! This is NOT a small event - and the $1.00 raffle items are simply amazing! MARK YOUR CALENDERS for this one! Oh - And if you would not mind, please make www.goodsearch.com your new way to search for things on the Internet. All you have to do is go to this website (make it your homepage when you login to the internet), do a search and only once - put that the charity is Mother's Against Cancer. Every time you use this search engine, $0.01 will be donated to MAC. That really adds up and will be a huge help in raising funds that could find a cure for pediatric cancer!

Okay - enough of that! Grant is doing REALLY well. He is getting stronger and more rambunctious everyday. Though he is not walking completely on his own all the time, he is making great strides. And I will finally say it - HE DID NOT SPIKE A FEVER WITH THE ARA-C!! I can not believe it! I am convinced that if I do not complete my usual "Things to do while home" checklist - that he will not be admitted for a fever. In the past - as soon as I get everything on my list checked off - he ends up back in here. This time - I did not finish everything and we did not get admitted! So, I guess I need to work at a slower pace from now on when I am home! :)

I do not have all the results back from Grant's spinal or the results back from MD Anderson on his bone marrow, but I do know that he is still MRD negative - meaning he is still in remission. I am also waiting on his first Methotrexate level results. As soon as I know more, I will post it here.

As always, thank you so much for keeping Grant and our entire family 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!

Wednesday - March 24 - 11:26 a.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Well, we have finally started chemo. As many of you know, we were supposed to check in on Monday for the 1st round of "hospital maintenance" methotrexate. After we got to the hospital on Monday, our doctor asked to start on Wednesday, since the doctor who monitors Grant while he is on this drug was not in. So, with the car loaded and arrangements already made for Claire, a very sleepy and hungry Grant and I headed home after he had his bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap with chemo. We were told that we would get a call on Tuesday when the room in the hospital was ready and they would start the pre-hydration process so that he would be good to go with the methotrexate first thing Wednesday morning. The call to come in came at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Since I had no idea when they would call, I keep myself busy by scrubbing the tile and grout with bleach all day. Soooo much fun.
 
Last night David brought Grant to TCH and stayed the night with him. I dropped off Claire with my good friend Dena and attended the Mother's Against Cancer Kickoff Meeting. What a wonderful group of women. I am honored to be a member of this organization, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research ($3.5 million to date!) Be looking on my website for more information about MAC and to see what you can do to support this group. If you have never been to their annual luncheon (first Monday in December at the Kingwood Country Club) you are missing out! This is NOT a small event - and the $1.00 raffle items are simply amazing! MARK YOUR CALENDERS for this one! Oh - And if you would not mind, please make www.goodsearch.com your new way to search for things on the Internet. All you have to do is go to this website (make it your homepage when you login to the internet), do a search and only once - put that the charity is Mother's Against Cancer. Every time you use this search engine, $0.01 will be donated to MAC. That really adds up and will be a huge help in raising funds that could find a cure for pediatric cancer!

Okay - enough of that! Grant is doing REALLY well. He is getting stronger and more rambunctious everyday. Though he is not walking completely on his own all the time, he is making great strides. And I will finally say it - HE DID NOT SPIKE A FEVER WITH THE ARA-C!! I can not believe it! I am convinced that if I do not complete my usual "Things to do while home" checklist - that he will not be admitted for a fever. In the past - as soon as I get everything on my list checked off - he ends up back in here. This time - I did not finish everything and we did not get admitted! So, I guess I need to work at a slower pace from now on when I am home! :)

I do not have all the results back from Grant's spinal or the results back from MD Anderson on his bone marrow, but I do know that he is still MRD negative - meaning he is still in remission. I am also waiting on his first Methotrexate level results. As soon as I know more, I will post it here.

As always, thank you so much for keeping Grant and our entire family in your prayers!