Milestones in recovery

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   Posted 5/24/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
It's interesting how sometimes even little things in the recovery progress become big milestones for you.

I had one last night: I slept the entire night without getting up and going to the bathroom. It was exactly a day past the six-week anniversary of the davinci robotic surgery.

My first milestone was not having to change my pad in the middle of the night.

The next was having a "dry" night (even though I had to get up twice to go to the bathroom).

The next was finding out the sexual side of the system will worked and that it actually felt good (other than the spraying urine part).

The next was being able to walk to the bathroom without hold "Mr. Happy" to keep from going before I got there. I've reverted some on that one.

The next was making it through the day without taking my usual afternoon nap.

The next was returning to work.

The next was going to a somewhat formal dinner at an awards ceremony and not having an accident.

The next was working a full 8 hours and feeling pretty normal (at the five-week mark).

The last so far is feeling pretty much normal and being able to handle a long day at work without taking a nap afterwards.
Age 59 - diagnosed in Jan. 08 after biopsy
da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy 4/11/08 - both nerves spared
Catheter removed 4/25/08
Prostate Pathology:
Gleason Grade 6 (3+3)
Apex: neg
Base: positive (tumor present at right and left base)
Peripheral Margins: neg
No extra postatic extension seen
Tumor corresponds to a AJCC/pTMN stage II
High-grade HGPIN present
Continence: 1 pad night, 2 during day

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 5/24/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Great Post!

For me the milestones come every 4 months. They get topped with the Lupron Harpoon. But in another year we stop. Could be a great milestone as well.

Thanks for the post.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 5/24/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi anglophile,

Great post!  I'm glad you point out these little post-op milestones, or "blessings."  I found myself counting these little blessings as the weeks progressed after surgery.

I have to tell you though, that I still get tired after a day's office work and that is nine months post-op!  tongue

Pehaps I just need a few more hours of sleep each night.  yeah

I'm happy you're doing so well.

All the best,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 5/24/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Your recovery seems to be very much in line. Good for you. Well done
Dx Age 48 Nov 07
Psa 4.5, Biopsy 2/8 cores positive Gleason 3+3
No perineural or lymphovascular invasion in the biopsy specimen.
Rushed to RRP without much research- Jan 08

Geason 3+3 ,10% both lobes, There is perineurial invasion
No extraprostatic spread seen , Seminal vesicles normal,Nerves spared
Cancer close to apex but margins clear T2c NXMX
Incontinence pretty bad until April 08- suddenly down to 1 pad
ED - started cialis once every 2 or 3 days from April but no improvement
1st post op Psa <.1 (May 08)

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 5/24/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, it is the milestones that are memorable, like having the catheter out was a great relief, and to find out that I wasn't incontinent, my heart goes out to all who struggle with this issue, I understand how devastating it can be. Sleeping through the night without making 4 or 5 bathroom trips, still dealing with ED, but it too will pass and hopefully become another "milestone" on this journey none of us planned. I have to say that finding this site to share and learn was a major milestone on my journey, it has provided me with info and more importantly, HOPE !!! Good Luck to all and God Bless.

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.
Cialis 5 mg every night.
Success with BiMix

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