It's been 9 days since my surgery.
Had my 1st post-op appt today.....said "GOOD-BYE" to my old friend (the catheter). Got the pathology results - confirmed that the margins were negative and the cancer was confined to the prostate (Hooray!!!)
I begin my new wardrobe (the "pads") - of course, I hope I don't need them that much (on my 3rd pad today).
Next week, will be starting my ED therapy (Cialis).
A few comments about my past 9 days:
- overall pain was minimal. Experienced quite a bit of discomfort (but mainly from the catheter).
- because of the catheter, I spent more time on my feet - didn't enjoy sitting, didn't enjoy getting up and down when trying to lay down.
- learned that it was normal for the catheter to leak - didn't know that at first - had me a bit concerned when I first noticed it.
- took many walking trips in my house - going from room to room (told you I spent a lot of time on my feet).
- was freaked out about the color of "my parts". As I learned, it is normal for your "parts" to become "black & blue" (in my case, it looked more "black & black"). First time in my adult life that it definitely didn't look like a sexual organ - far from it!!
- having BM was no joy....started out as uncomfortable, then the stool softener "kicked in"....BOY! Did it kick in!
- was nervous about having the catheter taken out.....didn't know what to expect.....however, it came right out - with a little bit of discomfort. WHEW!!!
- still feel a little tired, and haven't gotten my full appetite back (I'm eating, but don't have my normal appeal about food). I've been told this is normal and will come back to normal....need to remind myself that I'm still in "recovery".
- thought I was going to benefit from the "prostate" diet (ate very little prior to surgery and very little in the hospital, so I figured I would drop a few lbs). Well, I got home, weighed myself and BAM!! I PUT ON 10 LBS!!!! What happened was when I was in the hospital, they pumped me up with so much fluids to get my kidneys going....so I was retaining the fluids, hence the 10 lbs. Anyway, my legs got so swollen, that my doc suggested I go to the local hospital to get them checked out....fortunately, the ultrasound showed no blood clots in the legs (double Yeah!!!). I'm glad to report that the legs are no longer swollen.
As I've learned from all of the fine folks who post on this site.....we're all different and we all heal differently.......so I need to be patient, don't push it, and wait for the (hopefully) eventual normalcy - continence and potentcy.
Next milestone: 3-month PSA in May.
Have a good day and bless you all.
RALP surgery: Jan: 2008 (Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)