I am 25 days out from my da Vinci surgery and have experienced wakeups and getups for the bathroom 3 or 4 times per night...wear guards pads day and night and usually have to change before going back to bed.....but, last night I, perhaps, reached a milestone..I was able to sleep the entire night from midnight to 0730 this morning without one instance of urgency to go. I certainly hope this is the start of something good. I am, however, flowing as usual this morning. I am able to stay relatively dry while sitting but flows rapidly upon standing...I have been able to clamp down and make it to the bathroom more times than not so I think I am making progress. Also, I might say that last evening I attended a family party, you know, big steak dinner and all the other accompaniments and I wore an apparatus that I got from Argus Medical and stayed dry all evening as the urine was collected in a bag attached to a cup receptacle. I really felt normal...and believe me, it felt great. I plan to use the apparatus each time I go out of the house as well as short times in the house. the apparatus consists of a set of tight boxer briefs with a pocket in front to hold the cup receptacle and a little 600 cc bag that hangs from the bottom of the receptacle to collet the urine. I went to the bathroom once during the entire evening and drained the bag...I drank a lot of liquid and enjoyed the freedom and the ambience immensely.
Anyone who wishes to know more about the apparatus I would be happy to furnish the info.
Age 75 at DX 76 on 9 May 08
DRE positive with nodule 15 Jan 08
PSA 3.8 18 Jan 08
Biopsy 11 Mar 08 Gleason 8 (4+4) on the right 3 out of 12 positive <5%. Gleason 7 (4+3) on the left 1 out of 11 positive <5%.
Bone scan and CT scan Negative 12 Mar 08
Robot Assisted da Vinci prostectomy with Dr Fagin in Austin scheduled for 30 April 08.
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da Vinci successfully completed by Dr Fagin as scheduled.
Gleason downgraded to 3+4=7
Tumors confined to the prostate.
Bilateral tumor on right side 5 of 10 levels and on left side tumor present in 9 of 10 levels.
Extraprostatic Extension Negative
Seminal Vesicle Invasion Negative
As far as it goes for me and the fence post I am cured. But I am required to keep an eye out for the PSA due in a couple of months.
May anyone who reads this have the luck that has been bestowed upon me.