Pray for Grant

Wednesday, Sept. 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It has been a wild few days with some ups and some downs.

We had a good week last week. Not much to report. Just the normal life that everyone lives - well, for the most part. Grant went to clinic on Tuesday and then was set to get an MRI and GFR test (that tests his kidney function) on Friday. I showed up with Grant at the hospital early Friday morning - around 7:30 a.m. - and he was injected with a dye that runs through his blood. Every hour for four hours he had blood taken to see if his kidneys were functioning correctly. The issue came when they told me that he could not have the MRI with contrast until the results came back from the GFR. Poor Grant was not allowed to eat or drink anything all day. Finally around 2:00 p.m.  they said his kidneys were functioned perfectly!!! We were able to leave the hospital around 4:00 p.m. after his MRI of his brain was complete.

Saturday we spent at my parents house and got to kiss all over baby Luke. He is so cute and HUGE!!! Grant was pretty tired all day and I noticed he seemed a little weaker than usual. On Sunday, my friend Tiffany and her family came over and brought us dinner. I thought Grant would have been thrilled to play with their little girl like he usually is, but all he wanted to do is sleep, so David and I thought he may need a blood transfusion. We called the on-call Dr. and they told me to bring him in. So, I spent from 8:00 p.m. Sunday night until 3:00 a.m. Monday morning in the ER with Grant. He received the blood he needed - which was good, because in a few short hours, he was getting to meet is idol Craig Biggio!!! (Grant has David and I "call Craig" and tell him that he took his pills every morning!!!)

On Monday, David, Claire, Grant and I headed for Minute Maid Park where Grant not only got to meet Craig, but got to play baseball with him too! Craig pitched a few to him and Grant did the same back. He walked the bases with my support and toured the field's facilities. He loved being in the bull pin! Afterwards, he got to eat lunch their and got Craig’s autograph! He was a day in life that any little boy would have been thrilled to experience - especially a sick little boy.

On Tuesday, David had another test on his spine. This time they had to sedate him and inject dye into his spine to see how bad his disk was. So, I drove him to his appointment with the kids and checked him in. While he was in the procedure, I took the kids to breakfast and to the zoo. They had a great time. David was in recovery for two hours. After recovery, I was to drive him home and he was to lie flat on his back for 12 hours. He got out of the hospital just in time for me to get Grant to PT. I did not have enough time to get David home before Grant's appointment, so David and I decided to go to Grant's PT appointment where David could just lay there on one of the PT beds. David did not mind at all. He was so out of it that he just curled up and started to snore.  Shortly into the appointment, Grant's physical therapist said that Grant has lost all the strength in his legs again and that we were going to have to start all over again. He has digressed a lot from the previous Thursday. She was also concerned about his feet, so she suggested I call my Dr.

To make a long story short, I ended up having to bring my husband home and throw him in bed. He was dead to he world and three sheets to the wind on drugs. I had to leave my 4 yr old little girl in charge of him for one our while my mom was flying to my house to get her. I had to jump in the car with it packed to stay at the hospital for at least two weeks and race to the emergency room where I stayed for 5 hours, was released and then raced home again. The Dr. and I both think the steroids that Grant was on killed the muscles in his legs again.

Today, we were supposed to get a spinal, a bone marrow aspiration and start a weeklong chemo treatment at the hospital. Well, Grant's platelets were too low, so we were sent home and will try again on Wednesday next week. They will have him come into clinic on Friday to check his numbers again before the weekend.

So, that brings us pretty much up to date. Oh - before I forget, David's results came back. He is going to need surgery.



 

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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, Sept. 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It has been a wild few days with some ups and some downs.

We had a good week last week. Not much to report. Just the normal life that everyone lives - well, for the most part. Grant went to clinic on Tuesday and then was set to get an MRI and GFR test (that tests his kidney function) on Friday. I showed up with Grant at the hospital early Friday morning - around 7:30 a.m. - and he was injected with a dye that runs through his blood. Every hour for four hours he had blood taken to see if his kidneys were functioning correctly. The issue came when they told me that he could not have the MRI with contrast until the results came back from the GFR. Poor Grant was not allowed to eat or drink anything all day. Finally around 2:00 p.m.  they said his kidneys were functioned perfectly!!! We were able to leave the hospital around 4:00 p.m. after his MRI of his brain was complete.

Saturday we spent at my parents house and got to kiss all over baby Luke. He is so cute and HUGE!!! Grant was pretty tired all day and I noticed he seemed a little weaker than usual. On Sunday, my friend Tiffany and her family came over and brought us dinner. I thought Grant would have been thrilled to play with their little girl like he usually is, but all he wanted to do is sleep, so David and I thought he may need a blood transfusion. We called the on-call Dr. and they told me to bring him in. So, I spent from 8:00 p.m. Sunday night until 3:00 a.m. Monday morning in the ER with Grant. He received the blood he needed - which was good, because in a few short hours, he was getting to meet is idol Craig Biggio!!! (Grant has David and I "call Craig" and tell him that he took his pills every morning!!!)

On Monday, David, Claire, Grant and I headed for Minute Maid Park where Grant not only got to meet Craig, but got to play baseball with him too! Craig pitched a few to him and Grant did the same back. He walked the bases with my support and toured the field's facilities. He loved being in the bull pin! Afterwards, he got to eat lunch their and got Craig’s autograph! He was a day in life that any little boy would have been thrilled to experience - especially a sick little boy.

On Tuesday, David had another test on his spine. This time they had to sedate him and inject dye into his spine to see how bad his disk was. So, I drove him to his appointment with the kids and checked him in. While he was in the procedure, I took the kids to breakfast and to the zoo. They had a great time. David was in recovery for two hours. After recovery, I was to drive him home and he was to lie flat on his back for 12 hours. He got out of the hospital just in time for me to get Grant to PT. I did not have enough time to get David home before Grant's appointment, so David and I decided to go to Grant's PT appointment where David could just lay there on one of the PT beds. David did not mind at all. He was so out of it that he just curled up and started to snore.  Shortly into the appointment, Grant's physical therapist said that Grant has lost all the strength in his legs again and that we were going to have to start all over again. He has digressed a lot from the previous Thursday. She was also concerned about his feet, so she suggested I call my Dr.

To make a long story short, I ended up having to bring my husband home and throw him in bed. He was dead to he world and three sheets to the wind on drugs. I had to leave my 4 yr old little girl in charge of him for one our while my mom was flying to my house to get her. I had to jump in the car with it packed to stay at the hospital for at least two weeks and race to the emergency room where I stayed for 5 hours, was released and then raced home again. The Dr. and I both think the steroids that Grant was on killed the muscles in his legs again.

Today, we were supposed to get a spinal, a bone marrow aspiration and start a weeklong chemo treatment at the hospital. Well, Grant's platelets were too low, so we were sent home and will try again on Wednesday next week. They will have him come into clinic on Friday to check his numbers again before the weekend.

So, that brings us pretty much up to date. Oh - before I forget, David's results came back. He is going to need surgery.