Hey ~ D,
Reading your journey above brings our journey real close to the surface… Your dates are 2 years later than ours but the same path. Physical in January (DRE like you doctor felt something, Biopsy in February, Surgery RRP in April 3rd, 2006. We knew immediately upon diagnosis the treatment plan for us. Each decision is a personal choice but it sure is nice to see so many options and so many people willing to share their journey and experiences for each of us to pull from.
Thank you so much for joining us and for presenting a wonderful “picture” of your journey. I personally feel it’s important to see a complete circle and your posting did this for me.
As you continue to read ~ you’ll find many variables when it comes to working toward urinary continence. Buddy & I invite you to visit our personal thread listed in our signature below. Near the end there’s information on the routine we used for Kegels… and there’s lots of threads listed in the Welcome Letter direct links to give you even more information.
Here’s a little more helpful information to pull from….
**Excerpts taken from a wonderful book called “Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer” by: Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. and Janet Farrar Worthington.
**Urinary continence: The return of urinary control:
**Phase One is when you can remain dry when lying down.
**Phase Two is when you’re dry when you’re walking around.
**If you can walk to the bathroom and not urinate until you get there, that’s a GREAT SIGN!!!… it means that the sphincter is intact.
**Phase Three, you are dry when you stand up (using muscles that put pressure on the sphincter) after sitting.
**Remember, the recovery of urinary control is a slow process.
The most important thing you can do during this time
is not to get discouraged.
**Excerpts from Dr. Walsh’s book:
It’s hard to believe, but urinary control does continue to improve over two years and, in an occasional patient, even longer than that.
Can you do anything to speed things along, and improve your urinary control? First, whatever you do, do not wear an incontinence device with an attached bag, a condom catheter, or clamp! If you use any artificial device, you will hurt yourself in the long run. You won’t be able to recover your urinary control, because you won’t develop the muscle control you need.
As time permits… follow the link on how to establish a personal “Signature”… it helps us and Newbies to know where you are on your journey!!
Keeping you close as you continue to travel this path with a positive attitude and new friends to help along the way.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
v We invite you to visit our personal thread: Click Here: “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring
April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)