Hi Bob: Sounds like you're in good hands on the medical side and I KNOW you are in good hands with your friends here at HealingWell. Take it one day at a time and you’ll be fine.
I really like your idea regarding exercising. I wish I’d had time to do it myself, but I had an early opportunity for surgery and went for it. Check with your doctor first, but I'd say work on (but don't overwork) your abs and begin practicing the Kegel exercises. One good way to isolate the muscles involved in Kegeling is to stop the flow of your pee -- mid-stream -- a few times a day right now, prior to your surgery. Doing this will help you identify the appropriate sphincter-controlling muscles. You’ll be ahead of your game.
Last but not least, in my opinion, DO-NOT overdo anything (meaning strenuous activities) for at least 6-weeks post surgery. I don’t care how well you feel, or how much you want to run, throw, lift, whatever. Take it easy after surgery!! Before you know it, you'll be back to your old self and ready for the former actitivies.
Best to ya,
D.O.B - 8/9/52
PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06. Both lobes involved. Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear. Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested. 12 percent overall.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07