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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
  Had the Big Poopy moment, you would have thought I was a year old the way my Wife acted and like the grandson at a year, only differance I didn't get a Choclate chip cookie. put the leg bag on, went to Sams. You know most Cars suck to get in and out off. Anyone recommend a model, thats easy in and out ?  Wacked my head twice on the Chrsyler. Walking was great, slow but making progress, going to a very good friends wedding this afternoon, won't be doing the Tango, but I'll be there. It is very frustrating with this Cathater.  Later, more to come

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 3/8/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
First hand advise - make sure you lubricate the catheter entrance area. Do this regularly along with cleansing. I had scar tissue that had to be forcibly removed. Believe me, you'd rather bang your head on the Chrylser.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 3/8/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
cool  Hey Fatcat,
I personally think a BIG CHUNKY Chocolate Chip cookie is necessary for recovery!!!



Just wanted to drop in and say Welcome Home and continue to stay close!!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



Helping to keep fatcat’s journey together for future readers…. 


Day 2 & 3 Up-date

Had my Surgery

Surgery Wednesday, very, very nrevous

Did I make a mistake ?

I think I can handle ED, but the Incontinence is what i fear


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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 3/8/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   

doing my catch up on the site.  congrats.  the days to come will be hopefully smooth sailing for you.

good luck with your recovery and welcome to the post op side.

42 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 3/9/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Fatcat.  Glad you are doing well.  We went from zero to three grandchildren in just about 3 months and so we traded in our Avalon and bought our first ever minivan just a couple of months ago.  Our other car is a Chrysler Sebring convertible.  I have found the van to be very conducive to getting in and out.  I haven't even tried the convertible yet at 4 plus weeks post surgery.  It sits very low and even in the best of circumstances it was like trying to fit it on rather than getting in it.  I think I was more relieved when I left the doctors office without the catheter than when I left the hospital.  Hang in there - it will be over before you know it.  David

Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 3/9/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am six months past surgery this week and I still have some stress leaks when getting out of My Caddy. So most of the time I either drive a pickup or a Blazer. They are so much easier to get in and out of. Some times my wife will drive and getting in and out of her Sable wagon is a real chore. I think it is much easier to get in and out of a higher vehicle. I don't think I would want to try A monster truck though. Uncle Dan
Age 68
DRE negative, 10 - 06 PSA 5.44, 01 - 07 PSA 6.47
5 - 07 CT and Bone scans negative, 05 - 07 Biopsies, 2 of 6 positive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 Stage T1c
08 - 14 Da Vinci RAP, five hours surgery
Some right nerve and all left nerve removed,
8 -16 Negative margins, Encapsulated, 50% left side
Lymph nodes 2 R & 1 L - Negative, R & L seminal vesicles - Negative
Gleason changed (4+3) 7 so it was closer to 8 than 6
Sixth month PSA 0.04 Previous PSA 0.00 Occasional stress drip
Results are improving while using pump. Pills no help

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