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KrisP
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted Today 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all my friends
Let me start by thanking everyone who helped me in getting this far as I'm now on the other side. Also this is my first chance to get back on the net.
 
Day 1
Surgery scheduled for 7:00 AM by Dr Fagin. Surgery started as scheduled and lasted for 1.5 hours. Recovery lasted for about 1 hour so I was fully awoke by 10:00 AM. According to Dr Fagin everything went well. He said that he held the prostate in his hand and felt the surrounding tissue at the margin and from what he felt everything seems to be OK but we still have to wait for the pathogist report. I took my first walk around the hospital hallway around 2:00 PM which lasted for about 20 minutes. For the rest of the day I took two more walks lasting about 25 minutes each. Most of my pain is in the penis where the catheter is located. The first bag of urine was red but after that everything is clear now. My first night sleep I would say went 60/40.
 
Day 2.
Woke up brush my tooth and took a walk for about 30 minutes, then had a light breakfirst. Got discharged around 10:00 AM and started my trip back to Dallas around 10:30 AM. The Trip wasn't that bad I had to stop once to drain the bag (had the small bag that was tied around my leg). My two daughters and wife were with me. Got home around 2:15 PM and had to take two pain killers as the 7 insisions are the ones paining more now. They are a little stiff but not unbearable. All in all I think everything went well as I'm in the waiting process again to find out the patholgist report. I'll edit my signature later as I'm feeling a little dizzy now and want to go take a nap.
 
Day 3:
Well still no BM yet. Continue to take stool softener and Milk of Magnesia and lots of liquid. If no BM by this afternoon will take a supositary and see how that goes. The insision pain is a little better this morning. Had to get up last night around 3:30 AM to take a pain killer which helped.
 
Later
KrisP


Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Waiting for patholigist report for margin

Post Edited (KrisP) : 4/23/2008 11:06:52 AM (GMT-6)


biker90
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   Posted Today 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kris,

Good for you! Welcome to the "other side" and now onward and upward to recovery, but take it easy. We all felt we could do more than we should have. Please keep us updated...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 
 


DanmanBob
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   Posted Today 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Rest well, Kris...glad you have the surgery behind you.

Be patient as you recover.

Hope all goes well for you.

DanMan


Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008


creed_three
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   Posted Today 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris,
 
Welcome home! Rest up well. Hope the days pass quickly. Take good care now and welcome to the other side. Lana 
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. 3rd PSA 0.02 (April 08) undetectable.


James C.
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   Posted Today 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side.  Let the healing begin.....Take it easy but keep walking to regain strength and begin training those abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles for their new tasks...

James C. 
 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.  2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, no response- Bimix continues
Post-surgery PSA's:  3 mt:0, 6 mt:0,


myman
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   Posted Today 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris - Welcome back and glad to see such a good update. I'm sure at this point you're greatly relieved the surgery is over & you are on the road to recovery!
Bless your wife and daughters for their good care of you.
Will be looking for your updates,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Link to journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=826731


lawink
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   Posted Today 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow Kris - way to go!  You must be made of steel . . . .you are the most coherent after 30 hours of most people . . . .You take care and don't overdo, no matter how good you feel . . .remember, nothing heavier than a milk jug to lift, or a phone book.

Glad to welcome you to the 'other side' . . . soon this will all be a distant memory. 

;o) Linda & Bob


Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
 
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


VaFan
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Total Posts : 203
   Posted Today 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Kris and family,

So glad surgery went well and you are home and getting the rest and attention you deserve. Take it easy. My husband thinks he should start running marathons now (don't know why, he never did before) but I'm trying to keep him on level ground. Remember even when you think you have your strength back.. to take it easy.
Cindy
Age 51 Kent
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 anpther round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th.
Cindy (the wife!!)
Surgery preformed and doing great. Only took 1 1/2 hours. Will know in two weeks about pathology report. Surgeon feels he he got all cancer and confined to prostate. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Prostate confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!


KrisP
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 162
   Posted Today 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the kind words guys
The only problem I'm having is since yesterday I haven't had any bowel movements as yet. I'm using the stool softener as prescribed by the doctor but nothing yet. Is this nomal? I'm not having the urge to go. Also I tried to force it but its very difficult as when I pushed its very painful. Any ideas what to to or should I be concerned?
 
Thanks
KrisP
Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Waiting for patholigist report for margin


Lungman
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted Today 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I experienced painful BMs for several days following surgery. It is due to the close proximity of the prostate to the rectal wall anteriorly. When the prostate is shaved away from the rectal wall, some inflammation occurs, plus the rectal wall now has no supporting structure where the prostate was, so take it easy, don't strain. My MD told me to take a mild laxative if no BM or if straining was needed. Good luck, this will get better over the next couple of weeks, plenty of water and fiber, along with walking will help with the discomfort.

Randy
46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement, more notable over last month
with Viagra 100 mg.
Success with BiMix


VaFan
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Total Posts : 203
   Posted Today 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris,
I gave my husband a regular stool softener with mild laxative (generic pill kind) and it worked within 6 hours. He had a different kind of surgery that you did but I think they work the same either way.
Cindy
Age 51 Kent
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 anpther round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th.
Cindy (the wife!!)
Surgery preformed and doing great. Only took 1 1/2 hours. Will know in two weeks about pathology report. Surgeon feels he he got all cancer and confined to prostate. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Prostate confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!


mvesr
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Total Posts : 823
   Posted Today 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris. Glad to see you on the other side. You have been given some good ideas and the only thing I could add would be to walk but don't overdo it. It was amazing how good I felt after the surgery and I did too much a couple of times and my body felt it. Now take care and keep us informed on your journey.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


lawink
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   Posted Today 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris . .. remember how you cleaned yourself out in the days before surgery, and probably ate nothing or very little yesterday . . .give it a chance, your bowel will work . . .keep up the stool softener, and try and avoid beverages, etc. that will build gas as that can be very painful.
;o) Linda & Bob

Salty_clark
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 95
   Posted Today 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news Kris...so Happy you made it ok.  Take it easy now and get rest and follow the doctors orders.  Do you plan to return to Austin to see Dr Fagin to have the catheter removed or do it locally in Dallas?  I will be there next Tuesday for surgery on Wed morning with Dr Fagin.  Would be nice to say hello if can be arranged.  But, in any event, I am happy you came through it ok.  Good luck on the path report...sounds good what Dr Fagin told you.  Keep us posted on your progress.
 
Salty
 
Age 75
Biopsy 11 Mar 08 Gleason 8 (4+4) on the right and a 7 (4+3) on the left.
bone and CT scans negative.
Robot assist surgery scheduled with Dr Fagin on 30 April 08
 

Magaboo
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   Posted Today 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KrisP,
Welcome to 'the other side'. Sounds like everything went well for you thus far. Now just take it easy for a bit and don't 'force' anything.
Hoping for a complete and speedy recovery for you.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA test Mar., 08 =.04 
 
 


livinadream
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   Posted Today 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris
Glad to hear all went well, we love to hear good news on this forum. Stay positive and keep your dreams alive.
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
 


bluebird
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Total Posts : 2542
   Posted Today 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Home

 

Hi ~ Kris,

Great to see you back so quickly.  You are now on the healing/recovery stepping-stone… and that means taking it easy, listening to your body (not your mind)… your body will tell you when you’ve over done it and you really don’t want to get to that point.  Did we mention…. Don’t lift or yank your self up quickly…. Etc…. listen to your friends here because We’ve been where you are now!!!  tongue  

 

The constipation issue is a biggie.  We had a prescription stool softener and we needed more.  The pharmacist suggested a veg lax across-the-counter and it worked great… and in a short period of time. 

 

Continue moving forward with "all of us" beside you!

Hugs from 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 :)


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted Today 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris

Sounds great and you are well on your way to recovery. Just don't over do it and give yourself a chance to heal at a nice pace. Here'e hoping the pathology report is all clear.

Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


BillyMac
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   Posted Today 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Perfectly normal and very common. Following the cleanout and lack of eating it does take time to get things moving again. Avoid straining as earlier suggested, while using the softener and perhaps a mild laxativ. All will be normal very shortly....slowly build up the eating rather than hoeing straight in. Well done on the surgery and good luck with the pathology.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable


Bootheel
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Total Posts : 300
   Posted Today 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Krisp,
Glad the surgery went well. My Doc sent me home with stool softeners also. It took me about 3 to 4 days for a normal BM. If you try and force it, you will probably get some blood in the catheter bag. Don't be alarmed, thats pretty normal right after surgery. Be patient and it will happen on its own.
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Post-op
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
T2C 


GreenAcres
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Total Posts : 474
   Posted 4/23/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
It's good to be back home, isn't it? Now, it's just that pesky catheter.

Try adding a little Milk of Magnesia along with the stool softener. That's what did it for us.

Congrats - sounds like the path news is going to be excellent!
Husband: Age 67
PSA had doubled in 14 mos to 4.3/Gleason 6
da Vinci 8/06 in Austin with Dr. Randy Fagin
Post surgical path shows encapsular penetration; possible bladder neck involvement.
PSAs remain undetectable; no further treatment at this time.
Next PSA: April 08


Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 4/23/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kris,
Welcome to the other side! I was a couple of days home before my first bowel movement. I was sure something was wrong, but it's quite normal. Things will happen in their own good time. Sounds kind of crazy though, doesn't it? Waiting to celebrate your first post-op poop? Anyway, heal well, and keep us all posted!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.


elofdahl
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 4/23/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc told me the first BM would be 3-5 days post-surgery...it was day 4 for me.  Don't try to force it!!  Walk, drink plenty of fluids and take the stool softeners.  You'll be fine.



Eddie
Age 55
PSA 6.7
Needle biopsy: T1c Gleason 3+4=7...2 of 10 cores
Non-Robotic laparoscopic RP on 3/4/2008
Specimen pathology: T2C organ confined with clear margins. GS lowered to 6!
100% urinary continence since cath removal on 3/11/2008
ED resolved with Levitra
4/18/2008  1st PSA undetectable
 


Tim G
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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Kris--So good to hear from you.  Your surgery and early recovery were remarkable! Keep up the good work as you continue to recover and regain your strength.  Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area of prostate
Gleason 5 (3+2)  PSA's < 0.1  


CPA
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   Posted 4/23/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris.  Glad things went well - it is great to be on this side of the healing process.  I also took a stool softner for about 6 weeks post surgery.  I am now off of it but don't be afraid to take it for as long as you need to.  I was always one not to take much medicine unless I absolutely had to.  I have found through this process that there are lots of good drugs out there and I shouldn't be afraid to use them.  Trust you will continue to make good progress and continue to let us know how things are going.  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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