Thursday, 5/16/19

 

Good Thursday morning, everyone. I just wanted to take a few moments to send out an update on Morgan. As you may already know, she was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday afternoon following an appointment in the clinic. She went in that morning to have labs drawn with the plan to have a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap the following day; however, her blood work revealed  low counts. To be specific, her platelet count was 6 thousand ( normal 150,000- 350,000ish ),  hemoglobin 7.8 (normal 12-16), and her immune system very low.

With that said, the plan was to transfuse her with platelets that day , cancel the procedures for the following day and have a blood transfusion, instead. In the middle of this she developed a fever. Obviously with her immune system being so low, a fever can complicate things very quickly, if you are not careful. After monitoring her for a bit, it was determined that she would need to be transferred to Dallas and admitted, as her temperature continued to creep up, despite the Tylenol she had taken to prepare for the platelet transfusion.

 

She is doing well, all things considered; although, she is pretty bruised all over her body from the low platelet count. Her time in the hospital has been pretty busy . Yesterday she received 2 units of blood, 2 units of platelets, IV antibiotics every 4 hours, IVIG and another IV medication to help her bone marrow recover from the last phase of IV chemo, which finished up 3 weeks ago. Our hope is that she can have the bone marrow biopsy/ spinal tap done today so that we can find out in the next week or so whether or not this current regimen is working. We did find out just a bit ago that she will be receiving another unit of blood this morning  as her counts have not come up enough since she received the 2 units yesterday. I’m sure the hour long nose bleed was not helpful in the matter.

Let’s pray that we can proceed safely this morning as Morgan was scheduled to have these procedures last week. She is already about 2 months behind schedule on this 6 month treatment plan. To put things into perspective, she should be starting her 5th month of IV chemo next week; however, she will be starting her 3rd month once she is cleared to do so.

Well, I think that will do it for now. Once of us will update you guys via this blog &/or on Facebook as soon as we know more. I hope you guys have a great Thursday. Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 4/11/2019

Hi, guys! Good Thursday morning to each of you. I just wanted to take a few minutes to send out an update on Morgan before getting this day underway. To begin,  she finally started her 2nd month of IV chemotherapy yesterday for this round. Although she is 6 weeks behind schedule and should have started month 3 last Wednesday, we are happy that she was able to get the ball rolling again. Her blood counts have still not recovered completely from the first month of treatment, but her immune system was high enough to reintroduce IV chemotherapy, thankfully.

That said, she has had a pretty good couple of weeks. Although some days were better than others, she has been able to spend sometime away from home for a few hours at a time. She went to the Texas Rangers Opening Day game, took prom pictures of her brother, Montana at Adriatica followed by dinner,  enjoyed the fair in Frisco with her sister, Mariah and finally had lunch with her friend, Allie. All of these things have been helpful in keeping her spirits high. Let’s pray it continues during this phase of treatment.

Well, I think that will do it for today. I hope that you guys have a wonderful Thursday! Take care!

 

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

Thursday, 3/28/19

Hi, guys! Happy Thursday to you all. I just wanted to send out a quick message to update you on Morgan, being that I did not have an opportunity to do so last night. So, let’s get started.

For the past several days, Morgan has not been feeling well. She had been experiencing nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and sharp lower abdominal pain that radiated down her legs into her feet. The pain seemed to come in cycles every 2 hours and lasted about 15-20minutes at a time. It would then gradually dissipate. We initially thought that all of these symptoms were a result of the new medication that she started last Thursday:  however, that was not the case.

While the nausea and vomiting is likely due to the new medication, the pain that she was experiencing is due to her being dehydrated , as is the fatigue. On top of that, she was in need of blood. That said, she received 2 units of blood and a bag of fluids in the clinic yesterday. Although she is not feeling 100%, she is definitely feeling better than she was, thankfully.

As far as IV chemotherapy, it was delayed for at least another week due to her platelets still being low. To be honest, this made us a little nervous being that she was supposed to start her 2nd month of weekly chemotherapy on 2/27/19. However, her oncologist assured us that being delayed is normal with this particular medication. Let’s pray that she is able to move forward with treatment next week.

Well, I think that will do it for today. I hope you guys have a awesome day. Make it a great one!

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

 

Thursday, 3/21/2019

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to send out a real quick update to let you all know that  Morgan was seen in the clinic yesterday,  and that her IV chemo was postposed for another week. This makes her 4 weeks behind schedule on this 6 month phase due to her blood counts. That said, an adjustment was made to her daily oral chemotherapy with the hope that it will help in the recovery process. Let’s pray that it does. Besides that, she seems to be doing well. Although she had to start a new medication today due to a minor issue that she has been dealing with the past several weeks, she has been feeling good with no real complaints. I’m praying this continues!

Well, I think that will do it for tonight. I wish you all a good night’s rest. Morgan & I will see you guys on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741 tomorrow, and here next week! Blessings to each and everyone of you!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Sunday, 3/17/19

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday evening to each of you. I just realized that I did not send out an update this past Wednesday. Although I know the majority of you keep up with our daily Facebook post, I understand that you look out for weekly updates, too. So, let’s get to it!

Last Wednesday while at Morgan’s clinic visit we learned that her blood counts were still low, specifically her platelets. This means that her 2nd month of IV chemotherapy for this phase was postponed another week. Currently, she is 3 weeks behind as a result of this.

We also learned that she was in need of another blood transfusion. Due to the antibodies that are in her blood as a result of multiple blood transfusions, 2 units were ordered Wednesday, and she was transfused Thursday. This is the scenario that occurs each time she is in need of a blood. Otherwise, she would receive them the same day.

With that said, she’s doing well. She has had some ups & downs since her appointment due to fatigue, nausea & headaches, but all things considered, she is hanging in there.

On that note, I hope you guys get a good nights rest and have a great week. We’ll plan on seeing you here on Wednesday and on Facebook until then. Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 3/6/19

Hello, all! I hope this Wednesday evening finds you guys doing well. The Watson’s are snuggled up in the house where it is nice & warm. In fact, Morgan is bundled up getting ready to call it a day. Although it wasn’t near as long as we were expecting it to be, she is worn out.

Actually, she has been this way for the past several days. Since Saturday afternoon , Morgan has been nauseated, fatigued & with a headache off/on. Although these symptoms were a bit better today. her gums were bleeding periodically throughout the day. While at her clinic visit, we learned the reason why.

Once her labs were drawn, we were notified that Morgan had a low platelet count. Thankfully, she was able to receive a unit of platelets while we were there, which should resolve the issue. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it does.

With that, we also received the results of her bone marrow biopsy. Although the Philadelphia (+) chromosome was still present, her oncologist notified us that the there was improvement noted in the pathology since her last biopsy. This was good news for the 2 of us. After all, progress is progress, right?

Unfortunately, due to her low platelet count, she was unable to start her 2nd month of IV chemo , this round. Per her oncologist, her platelet count needs to be at least 50,000 before restarting IV chemotherapy. Her’s was 10,000 today. To put things into perspective, a normal platelet count is 150,000-400,000 or so. Needless to say, chemo was delayed another week. We’re praying that she’s able to get back on track next week. We shall see.

Well guys, I think that about does it for today. Thank you for being here, and thank you for continuing to support Morgan & our family on this journey. We appreciate it more than you know.

Until our next blog post, we’ll plan on seeing you guys on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/. Get a good nights rest, and have an awesome Thursday! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 2/27/19

Good Wednesday evening, everyone! I hope you all are having a great week, thus far. Although Morgan was in the clinic yesterday for a brief visit and the majority of today,  I’d say she’s having a good week.

This morning started early with her having a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap. Chemotherapy was also injected into her spine at that time. Following those procedures she received 2 units of blood, which she tolerated well. Although she was due to start her second month of IV chemotherapy this round today, it was postponed. After reviewing her lab results from yesterday, her  oncologist felt like it was in her best interest to wait for her bone marrow biopsy results to come in before proceeding.

It is my understanding that if the biopsy results reveal that the current regimen is working, she will start IV chemotherapy next week; although, her blood counts may not be favorable. On the other hand, if the biopsy result shows otherwise, she may have to delay IV chemotherapy another week, if her counts are still low. Until then, we will patiently wait for directions.

With that said, I must also say that our girl is a trooper. She really is a champion!  As her mother I have the privilege of being by her side as she endures treatment, and as she faces each day . Not only does she handle her cancer diagnosis with such grace, but her physical challenges, also. As difficult as her days can be from a physical standpoint, she faces each one of them head on without hesitation and often with a smile & a giggle. It’s priceless, really.

Morgan Watson, I am so proud to be your mother. It is a gift and an honor. I love you, dear!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson