Hang in there fatcat. I had a catheter in for 22 days, 2 hours and 30 minutes....not that I counted or anything...lol.
Thing leaked constantly the entire 22 days. Did not have pain but it was a royal nuisance.
In my case, I rejoiced when it was removed, then 4 days later came down with orchitis (infected left testicle due to prolonged catheter usage) AND a left groin hernia......ouch!!
Had to wait 5 weeks before surgeons would do the hernia surgery, but man oh man, was I excited to get that second surgery behind me.
I am feeling very good now...down to 1 pad a day....taking Viagra 3 days a week and began pump therapy less than 3 weeks ago. Hope to be continent later this month and also hope to begin trying bimix within the next month or so as well.
Still somewhat in shock that I am a cancer patient, but thankful to God, my doctors, family and friends for giving me the strength to get through this period of my life. I am a stronger person for having this to deal with....and found out how wonderful my wife, family and friends really are when the chips are down.
Best of luck to you!!!
Prostate removal November 2007
Gleason score 9, TC1
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (1 to 2 pads a day)
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Begain using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow