Good News

This past week I have had a couple of key tests:  an echo cardiogram and a CT scan.

(1) They have been monitoring my heart every 3 months while on Herceptin.  My echo appointment was on Monday and the results were good.  Everything looks fine.  Not that I expected anything different, but in this crazy cancer world, anything could happen.

(2) Then on Thursday, I had a CT scan.  I have a small nodule on my lung we are monitoring.  The appointment was at 9:00 a.m. and I was in the car leaving the oncology office by 9:20 a.m.  It was a rather quick appointment.  I feel like I am quite the pro at scans.  Sad but true.  I wasn’t expecting the results until Monday, but was happy to receive a call this afternoon from my oncologist.  The nodule has remained stable.  That’s good news!  I feel relieved!  It is something we will continue to monitor with CT scans.  I’m not exactly sure how often yet, but I hope it is often!

After that last appointment I was recapping with Ed:  I’ve had an MRI, 3 CT scans, 1 bone scan, 5-6 echo cardiograms, and multiple ultrasounds.  Wow.  I am one scanned chick.  For the record, the worst one is the MRI.  If and when I ever have to do that again, I may have to be sedated!

So, now with those behind me, I am focused on surgery.

A couple of random thoughts to pass along:

  • I am not excited about being cut back open.  My incisions have finally healed and here we go again.
  • I am not excited about the 2 -3 week recovery period.  I am thinking the first week will be the worst.  But, we’ll see how things go.
  • I am really not excited about having to be at the hospital at 5:45 a.m. on Monday. That’s really early for the Gaile’s!

My surgery is set for 7:45 a.m.  It’s outpatient surgery so I will be home that afternoon.  I have been told by a friend that recently went through it, she felt like she was in recovery coming out of the anesthesia and the nurses were pushing her out the door.  Nice.  Who knows maybe I will be home for lunch!?

Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support of me, Ed, and Gracie.  We seriously couldn’t do this without you!  Ed will be posting an update on Monday post-surgery.  Or who knows, knowing him, he may be reporting live from the hospital waiting room.

Wish me luck!


  1. You are going to do very well: I will see you on Monday!

  2. Ed & colleen says:

    M, know that we will be thinking of you , Ed and Gracie tomorrow. Hoping for
    a speedy recovery! We love ya’

  3. You will do great with this just like you have everything else! Good luck tomorrow!!

  4. Kim Hakes says:

    Thinking of you and praying for you this morning.

    • Meredith Gaile says:

      Kim – Hi. So good to hear from you. Thanks for the positive thoughts and prayers! I need it! Hoping for a quick recovery.

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