Keep a stiff upper lip and stay positive. Trust me it help a lot!!
As for brining in a pad of paper and pencil... ask if you can bring in a small voice recorder (tape or digital). My urologist did not mind at all, because it meant I got all his instruction right. Call the doctors office and ask. They know we will only catch one in every 10 words they say.
Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
Both nerve bundles spared
Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate
T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
Went home with JP drain
10/2007: Made return trip to hospital. All urine was comming out JP drain.
10/2007: Catheter removed. Next to no leakage
11/2007: 1st PSA <.003 :)
ED: Started Viagra, no response yet.
12/2007: Had confidence to go padless!!!!!
12/2007: ED: Stopped Viagra as it's causing hemroid problems.
01/2008: 2nd PSA <.003 :)
ED: next to no response.
04/2008: 3nd PSA <.003 :)
ED: next to no response. Changed the Viagra prescription.