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

Wednesday, 2/20/19

Hi, guys! I am so sorry for the late post, but I didn’t want to let the day pass without sending out a quick update. Although this week is Morgan’s rest week for IV chemo, she did have labs drawn yesterday morning. Following that appointment, John, Morgan and I also visited with an oncologist at a different hospital that specializes in bone marrow transplants.

After speaking to the physician at length, it was determined that she would need to do a full work up on Morgan  before she would make a decision as to whether or not she would consider doing one on her. Given Morgan’s history of side effects from her initial diagnosis, she would need to make sure that her heart, lungs, liver, kidney, etc. could withstand the procedure or rather the weeks…months following it.

That said, we decided that we were not going to move forward with the testing, at this time. We would like to see how this round of treatment goes first. As I previously mentioned, the current regimen that Morgan is on requires daily oral chemotherapy and weekly IV chemotherapy once a week for 3 weeks x’s 6 months. We will stay on course with this plan for now, and change directions if/when the time comes.

With that said, today has been a pretty tiresome day for Morgan. She has been extremely fatigued. We are not sure if this is to be expected during the rest week, but were hoping that she will regain some energy real soon. On that note, I hope you guys have a wonderful next couple of days. We will plan on seeing you here Friday night and as always, on Facebook until then. Sweet dreams!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Monday, 2/18/19

Hi, guys! Happy Monday evening to you all. I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start. Thankfully, Morgan’s week started off a whole lot better than her weekend did, for sure. Although Friday evening was enjoyable, Saturday was an entirely different story. She was dizzy, lightheaded and unable to keep anything down for the duration of the day. To say that she was miserable is an understatement.

By the grace of God, she woke up Sunday morning feeling better, yet tired. Because of this, the two of us took advantage of the way she was feeling and went on a 1 mile walk. Even though it was cold, she enjoyed being out and about; although, she was wrapped up in a blanket with teeth chattering. Just kidding. Her teeth were not chattering, but she was  definitely wrapped up in a blanket and it was without a doubt, a cold winters day in north Texas.

Today, Morgan spent the day with our friend Kitty. The two of them had lunch together and enjoyed watching movies in the comfort of Kitty’s home. It was a great time for her that ended with her having dinner when she arrived home and then straight to her bed. She was/is exhausted.

With that said, I will end things here for the night. We will plan on seeing you here again on Wednesday evening and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741, until then. I hope you guys get a good nights rest and are refreshed for the week ahead. Take care.

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 2/13/19

Hi, guys! Please forgive me for getting this update out to you all so late this evening. It has been an eventful Wednesday, to say the least. Better late than never, right? Let’s quickly jump in!

Today was a long clinic day for Morgan. She and I visited with her oncologist about her lab results, her plan for the next few weeks, our future appointment with a transplant team, and her eyesight . Morgan has recently noticed a change in her vision, which is likely due to treatment. That said, we will be making an appointment with her eye doctor real soon to evaluate things further.

Morgan also received IV chemotherapy today. She tolerated the infusion well, and even managed to sleep through a good portion of it. With that said, let’s pray that the next week goes as well as the infusion did. There are always potential side effects that can occur as her blood counts begin to drop.

On that note, I hope you all get a good nights rest, and have an awesome Thursday. We will plan on seeing you here again on Friday night and on Facebook until then! Sweet dreams!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Monday, 2/11/2019

Hi, guys! Happy Monday evening! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with rest, relaxation and time with those that you love. The Watson’s did! We didn’t do a whole lot outside of our 4 walls due to the cold temperatures, but we did enjoy being together.

I would say that Morgan had a good weekend; although, she had some real issues with dizziness & nausea Friday night through Saturday night. Things were better for her yesterday in regards to those symptoms, in fact she managed to get out and do a little grocery shopping with John and I in the morning. In the evening, she sat in the living room with us watching Sweet Home Alabama, which we all enjoyed.  I know that it is an older movie, but it was a first for the Watson’s. At least John, Morgan and myself.

Well, that’s going to do it for tonight. I hope you guys have a great couple of days. We will see you here on Wednesday for an update and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741, between now and then. See you soon!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Friday, 2/8/19

Good Friday evening, Team Morgan! It sure is a cold wintery day here in north Texas.  It  seems to be that way for most of the country, right now. If you are reading this and are enduring cold temperatures, stay warm. While you’re at it, consider thanking the good Lord for shelter from the cold, for there are many that are not as fortunate this evening.

Speaking of being thankful, we are super thankful that Morgan has been feeling good the past 2 days, despite having IV chemo on Wednesday. Although she is still pretty tired, she finally seems to have the nausea under control, which is a plus. She was absolutely miserable because of it.

The two of us spent a good portion of the day in the clinic again yesterday. While there she received 2 units of blood. She tolerated the procedure well, and left the clinic with a little more color to her cheeks. That combined with the smile on her face, made this mom happy.

On that note, we hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We will see you guys on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741 , and right back here on Monday! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson