This is Sarah, Meghan’s older sister. With Meghan and Joe’s permission I am writing an update. So many people have been calling, texting, and messaging to check in on Meg-and we could not be more grateful for that. For the record, I do not have a medical background at all, and I rely heavily on my sister to translate these kinds of things. Since she is not up for the task of breaking everything down for me, I am left to write down my understanding of what is going on.
So here is where we are at:
Meghan has now been in the hospital for a full week. She was admitted last Sunday experiencing debilitating headaches that kept her in bed and unable to eat, drink, or talk. While the pain she is experiencing has not subsided, we have begun to receive some answers regarding what may be causing the headaches and other symptoms she now has. A spinal tap a couple days ago revealed that Meghan has cancer in her spinal fluid, which has traveled to her brain. The protocol for addressing this new finding is to begin radiating her entire brain every day for two weeks. This was supposed to start on Saturday (yesterday) however the development of some significant mucus and liquid in her lungs has left her unable to breathe well. Due to the fluid, lying flat for a prolonged period of time (which the radiation would require) is not something Meghan is well enough to accommodate right now.
It was hoped that Meghan would be able to have a CT scan of her lungs and Pleurx Catheter today to see what is going on in her lungs and surrounding arteries. Unfortunately her veins were not good enough and they could not get an IV in to do the CT scan. We are waiting for a PICC line to be put in tonight and will (hopefully) be heading down shortly for the scan. The doctors are thinking that she probably has pneumonia, which is causing her shortness of breath. The scan will reveal if this is true and if she has any pulmonary embolisms.
Once we receive the results of the CT, we will have a course of action to help with the lung and breathing challenges and therefore Meg will be able to begin radiation to her brain.
Meg is definitely uncomfortable. Talking is very challenging for her, although that is not stopping her from trying ! The doctors continue to work on combinations of medication to manage her pain.
Jacob and Jackson came to visit Meghan this afternoon, which put a smile on her face. Joe continues to take such wonderful care of Meghan. She is a loved woman.