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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Friends, As much as I hate Dr's cutting on me, I have to get this little one done tomorrow. I have this hernia poking out of my belly button (ambiblical hernia) which just keeps getting bigger. It's like a tire w/ too much air and a bubble pops out of the side. I wouldn't care but the Doc says if a little chunk of food gets in there and rots (it's opened right into my small intestine), it would cause big problems! So I best git ER done! The funny part was the Doc asked me if I was attached to my button? I said, of course I an it's right here> No he said he may have to sew it up and I wouldn't have one anymore! I said, Doc> You go for it! I could care less, do I look like I'm gonna care about about that when I have a 12" scar right below it from my prostate cancer opp? He laughed. I told him it might be kind of cool not having one, I could tell people I'm a clone! Anyway, I'll probably be out of touch for a couple days so Y'all take care of your selves and remember> Big Pete loves Y'all!!!
Big Fatguy hugs to all my family!
Pete 
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


kara487
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Pete. Let us know when you can how it went.
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skeye
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Pete! I hope everything goes smoothly & as painlessly as possible! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! Here's to a speedy recovery!

Skeye

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Pete! Speedy recovery hun and I will be praying for you bro!

hugssss


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AndreaRN
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I will be thinking of you and saying a special prayer.

Behave yourself around the nurses!!!!!!!!!

Andrea

ps Who will take care of Angie?
Women who behave don't make History!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kara & Skeye,
Yep, one more step in becoming a Manatee (sea cow) I will be more streamlined in the water w/o a belly button! I am very graceful for my size in the water, just like my favorite animals! Up where my wife is living in Citrus County is where most of the west coast population of manatees winter in the springfed rivers like Crystal & Homosassa rivers which we are very close to. It's so cool swiming w/ them! Some day people will not be able to tell me apart from them while we are swimming together! While writing this post RIGHT now I got a call from the nurse. CANCELLED MY SURGERY for tomorrow! Dagnabit, I already called everyone and made arangements! Now I'll have to change everything! It's next Monday so y'all are stuck w/ me for a few mor days!!!!!
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Becoming undone
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
guess that much more time to get attached to the belly button...btw, innie or outie? to complete the look, I hear that people are getting the ears pinned (elfish or vulcan, whichever you prefer).

Well, I am wishing you the best...

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
B-U, It started as an innie then blew out to a nice round bulbus outie, but now we're going for the Flatty look, that is if the good doc can get his T-times straightened out!! The nurse said he had a death in his family?
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe, Pete. it's frustrating and majorly inconvenient to have to switch everything around, including our mental preparation (which most people I think discount). But I guess if he had a death in his family, at least that's something that's understandable. Better than some screw up in the scheduling system.

More time to give us to cheer for you! And you can take another road trip with us!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw, sorry to hear that it got canceled! That is the worst. You've already planned for it, are anticipating it, and then bam! they make you wait another week! Hopefully it didn't cause too much of an inconvenience, but it sounds like it was out of the doc's control.

Skeye

Dagger
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   Posted 2/3/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I too am looking forward to having a hernia repair (NOT). Mine is above the belly button so I guess I won't lose mine. I would have had so much fun telling people I'm a clone. Now I'm disappointed!

I have had one hernia repair already and .......... well, just be assertive if you feel pain.

At least they canceled early. My friend had her colonoscopy canceled while she was waiting on the table.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the kind words and support everyone! Dagger, maybe we can compare war stories after the cuttings> I went to the hospital for my pre-op exam/schedualing deal. I needed a chest X-ray, something my Doc hadn't given me which made my quick trip a lot longer. Then my nice nurse Sue told me I was scheduled for surgery b@ 3:30PM on Monday! Say What? There is no way Pete can go from midnight on Sunday till 3:30PM w/o a drink of water or COFFEE! Are they kidding? With all the meds I take that cause dry mouth, I'd end up w/ Sahara mouth!! I'm gonna see about changing it again today. I wish they had told me this prior to me paying them $200.00 co-pay at the Boca hospital as the Doc works at two hospitals and w/ my luck only does AM opp's in DelRay and PM opp's in Boca where I went!!! GRRRRRRR!!! Well things could be worse right? Stop whining Pete!
I'll keep you updated but it looks like I'm starting out on the wrong foot already!
Persnikity Peete!
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


skeye
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   Posted 2/4/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
You may be able to still drink a little after midnight. I think the general rule is that you cannot have had anything to eat or drink a minimum of 7hrs before the procedure, but obviously check with your doctor. So if that is the case you could potentially still drink up until ~7am.

Skeye

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/4/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, funny this post just popped up while I was on the phone w/ my lovely nurse Patty. We changed the date of surgery to Monday 2/16 as it was the 1st day the Doc had an early AM time open. The only thing is that day happens to be the day I will be turning 56 years old, old, old!!!! Yep, my BD, nice present eh? My biggest consern though is I've have been planning this trip for the next weekend for about a year now as a BD present to myself. I have my plane tickets & hotel reservations to go to High Point, North Carolina and am leaving Friday 2/20 at 6:30am! I love fly fishing and besides tying flys, I also build fly rods and other rods too, and have been doing it a long, long time. The International Rod Building Exposition is that weekend up there and thats where I'll be come Hell or high snow banks! I know, I'm kind of geeky bulding fishing rods but what else can I do for $$$ when I get older and can't work. My retirement has gone down the pooper so I'm going to learn some thing from the best rod builders in the world. This is the biggest show in the world and I can't wait! What's a little hole in my gut anyway? That just ain't gonna stop Pete this time!!! Nice custome fly rods sell for a nice chunk of jack and they wiegh only ounces so it's not heavy or hard work! My wife is not coming so I'll be flying solo, couldn't talk her into a weekend in Geeksville! I just hope she doesn't get pissed I'm going so soon after surgery. Screw it, right?
Your Geeky Friend,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


straydog
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   Posted 2/4/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Pete on the surgery. I have a fatty hernia in my belly button too so when I get all health issues calmed I am next in line. Susie


jenpen400
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery to remove a mass in my breast last year. They told me not to take my AM meds. Soooo I go in and four hours later I have the worlds worst panic attack. I was dressed and out of there in 3 minutes. I called and they rechedualed me a week later this time they said I could take my meds with a small amount of water thank goodness. I also was marched into the day surgery area by my Dad and Boyfriend one had one arm one had the other There was no escape that time! Hope all goes well.

jennifer
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mom9mom
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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete good luck on sugery.My Mom dosn`t have a bellybutton and she has a lot of fun telling all of her great grand kids all about it (My Mom is a little nuts).
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


shannon1
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG Pete, im so glad i saw this before your surgery! Good luck and i will be thinking of you on monday!

So your in FL? im in miami....gotta love our sunshine!
anyways, good luck and i will be looking for your update after surgery! hugs
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your caring support my Gals (Susie, Jen & Mom)!!!! Susie, yep your next! I'm sure it's not going to be too bad, we can say we are twins w/ no buttons! Jennifer, it sounds like you needed those meds! Do you have a "thing" about hospitals or surgery? I don't want to get too personal but were they anti depression or anxiety meds they wouldn't let you take in the am? Mom, now we know where you get it from! How do you even have time to think about me with all those kids? Hoky Smokes Bullwinkle!!
Thanks again Girls!
Your soon to be buttonless friend,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon,
How in all the world of pain & depression did I miss your post and not THANK YOU!! Oh, I see>>You posted @ 9:01 and I at 9:07. That must be it, I was two fingering my post when you posted! See I'm not a bad guy. I would have agknowlaged your nice kind words but they were not there when I started! Thats my story and I'm sticking w/ it! Yes, can you believe this weather right after the last cold front? It's suposed to be beutiful this weekend! I think the rest of the gang should come down and enjoy it with us! Those red corvetts could get here easy by this weekend.
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 

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