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DesertGal
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
Finally got to bring Randy home today.  He's feeling much better as far as the bloat and gas are concerned.  When I got there he was already dressed and ready to go.  Still moving real slow, especially on the stairs.  He only had to climb 13 to get indoors and up to our bedroom.  It's a rather large master bedroom and luckily there's everything he'll need to be comfortable, a bathroom, a recliner, the bed, a tv, a nice view of our mountain, two loyal dogs and me! 
 
So Happy New Year!  Thanks again to everyone for all the helpful hints, suggestions, well wishes and prayers.  We'll take this one day at a time and keep you up to date. Right now we're both tired and are going to just kick back and relax and concentrate on getting better.
 
His next doc appt is on the 11th to remove Mr. C and get the path results.  Keeping our fingers crossed for good news.  yeah
 
Marie


Husband 55 years old
No symptoms
PSA taken on routine health exam
06/18/07  PSA 9.2
07/14/07  Put on antibiotics for a month
09/18/07  PSA 8.77
09/18/07  PSA % Free  9.61
10/17/07  Biopsy =  Gleason 3 + 4  (7)
10/17/07  Biopsy 40% Right Side less than 5% Left Side
12/31/07  D Day!  Davinci Surgery Day - Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute
01/03/08  Home from the hospital!

Post Edited (DesertGal) : 1/3/2008 6:59:45 PM (GMT-7)


biker90
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Total Posts : 1463
   Posted 1/3/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Randy and Marie,

Welcome to the "other side". Its nice to have the hard part behind us. You have it right. The next indicated thing to do is kick back and start the healing process. Takes lots of patience but healing up without cancer is worth the trials.

Stay close. We can all get well together...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 1/3/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome home, Randy and Marie. You're now across that bridge and let the healing begin!
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 1/3/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy & Marie,

Happy 2008 to you, too! Nothing like being home & in your own surroundings. You've been through a lot so take your time and both get your rest.

All the best,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1


41diagnosed
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 1/3/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I want a master bedroom with a view of a mountain too! :) Oh, there are no mountains in Chicago, darn.

Well, sounds like Randy has it made with nice surroundings to recuperate and an attentive wife to help him out.

Happy New Year to both of you and thinking positive thoughts for the path results. Keep us posted.

Doug
 
42 yo.
PSA 4.65
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
 
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
 
 
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
 
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
 
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
 
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
 
 
 
 


James C.
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad you guys are home and settling in.  Now even though he has the seat and the view, he needs to get up and walk around every half hour or so.  Those 13 stairs will be very helpful later as he gains strength and starts tightening up the remaining plumbing equipment.  The best advice I received here was to walk often and rest between.  Walking short distances followed by sitting in that recliner the rest of the time will do more for him to recover than about anything he can do.  Extending the distance each day is stage 2 of the plan.  Again, welcome home and enjoy your time of healing together. 

 


James C. 
 
Help support the forums so they can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate 
 
Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- 25mg Viagra nightly-no joy 
10/19/07  Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07  ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacorect pump-
11/15/07  1st PSA-0.01, fully continent- no pads
12/17/07  ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response
01/01/08  First use of Caverject 2.5mcg, successful, erections at last


DesertGal
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 1/4/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Yes, whew.... it feels good to both of us to be on the "other side". 

Thanks for the suggestion of a warm heating pad, it's bringing him a lot of comfort.  I will remind him to get up and keep moving today! The trip home yesterday was about all he could handle. He'll have to get down the stairs to the shower and once there he can walk round and round the house.  Just like the Grandkids do, well, maybe not quite as fast as them.  Maybe I'll put a pedometer on him to track his success.  Unfortunately with our beautiful view of the mountain comes winter weather, so he'll have to do his walking indoors for a while. 

He has a question for you, but I will post it on a new topic.  I'm glad he feels comfortable enough to ask and share.  I told him if anyone has the answers it will be you guys!
 
Thanks
Marie
Husband 55 years old
No symptoms
PSA taken on routine health exam
06/18/07  PSA 9.2
07/14/07  Put on antibiotics for a month
09/18/07  PSA 8.77
09/18/07  PSA % Free  9.61
10/17/07  Biopsy =  Gleason 3 + 4  (7)
10/17/07  Biopsy 40% Right Side less than 5% Left Side
12/31/07  D Day!  Davinci Surgery Day - Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute
12/31/07  Left side nerves spared, Right side partial, some right nodes taken
01/03/08  Home from the hospital!
01/03/08  Let the healing begin!


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2249
   Posted 1/4/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Marie- Congratulations on getting thru surgery and the hospital stay!  Now comes the next stage--recuperation.  Easy does it. Each day will bring new challenges as he grows stronger and works to regain bladder control and sexual function.  Time and patience, patience and time.  And as you say, take it one day at a time.  

Take care and hang in there...Tim

 

 


Age 59 PSA 2.6 (PSA velocity--quadrupled in 1yr) 
Bilateral nerve-sparing open RRP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 1/4/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   

  tongue Yea!!! ~ Marie & Randy,

WELCOME HOME....it’s good to have you on the other side…

Caring is Sharing and having you reach out to all of us ~ is the gift you give back to us… thank you for the gift of friendship.  Continue to pull from “all of us”.

Take the time needed to heal and feel the strength that comes to you in the form of warm thoughts and gentle hugs.  Don’t forget to get those naps in when Randy naps…. You will truly see and feel the difference and will be able to handle anything that comes your way. Truly!! Continuing to keep you close…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


DesertGal
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 1/5/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Bluebird,

Each day is getting a little easier for both of us.  I have been taking afternoon naps with him, since our schedule is a little off and we're both pretty tired. As you know it's mentally exhausting as well as physical.  We're just taking a day at a time, counting our blessings and concentrating on getting him better.  We're getting hit pretty hard with the big snow storm coming from California.  So we'll sit inside all weekend, relax by the fire and watch it snow and feed our Stellar Jays and Grey Jays.  They are the closest thing we have to Bluebirds here. 

Life is good!

Marie


Husband 55 years old
No symptoms
PSA taken on routine health exam
06/18/07  PSA 9.2
07/14/07  Put on antibiotics for a month
09/18/07  PSA 8.77
09/18/07  PSA % Free  9.61
10/17/07  Biopsy =  Gleason 3 + 4  (7)
10/17/07  Biopsy 40% Right Side less than 5% Left Side
12/31/07  D Day!  Davinci Surgery Day - Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute
12/31/07  Left side nerves spared, Right side partial, some right nodes taken
01/03/08  Home from the hospital!
01/03/08  Let the healing begin!


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 1/5/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Hey ~ Marie & Randy, 

I’m familiar with the Stellar Jays and Grey Jays.  Having seen them in Colorado and British Columbia, Canada.  They are beautiful birds… 

Snow, mountains, birds, being together ~ aaaahhhhh ~ Yes .. Life is good! Taking one day at a time and taking the “proper” time to heal is so important.

Continue moving forward in the positive frame you are both in.  We will soon be at the 2 year mark and we continue to move forward ~ knowing that each day must be lived to the fullest.  We’ve always lived by that motto but believe me when I say ~ It truly means even more now!!!!!  Take care dear friends.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy 

 

Helping to keep this journey together for future readers.

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