Dear Desertgal (Marie),
We have been away on holidays and out of action for a while, but just a note to wish you all the best with your husband's recovery. It sounds like you are doing just great, however you may have to "nag" a little if there is any hint of a chance your hubby is over-doing it. My husband built a cubby house (for our young son), at 5 weeks after his surgery, and because he would not budge on the issue, I organized for his other (adult) son to come over and assist. However he (CJ), still claims to this day that he could have done it himself!! Now, when we reflect on these times nine months ago, he says my "bossiness" was appreciated! I reckon slow and steady is the go, but my husband is also hard to hold down in anyway, so we had to constantly compromise!! Just keep a gentle eye on him. I guess all the men here might say that it is a bit of an individual thing, but I noticed that my husband was very tired, requiring additional rest, for at least 6 months after surgery in retrospect. So my summary now is that some men may tend to underestimate the fatigue they may experience. O no, I think I am rambling!! Sorry!!
All the very best to you and Randy. You have come to the right place for all sorts of assistance. Looking forward to reports of a good recovery for him. Cheers and kind regards for now, Lana.
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1. PSA (Nov 2006) 3.5. 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Cancer confined. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. No incontinence (thankfully).
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
ED post-op recovery: Good now with Levitra 20mg effective at 7-8 months post surgery (minimal (30-50%) response prior to 6 months on any meds).Continuing with Levitra 20 mg when needed now (at 9 months), and noticing some gradual, spontaneous response without medication. Next PSA March 2008.