Had my 3 month PSA check yesterday. I am undetectable. I would be dancing in the streets except I am totally bummed about
At the 7 week mark, I visited the "Fellow" doctor running a "weigh your pads" trial to track incontinence. At that time I was leaking "a little over a pound" for 24 hours, while the average guy was running about 3/4's of a pound. At that time the Fellow said they were seeing the most dramatic improvement between the 3 and 6 month marks.
Yesterday I went to see my primary surgeon who is running the Fellowship. At the 14 week mark (13 weeks post catheter) I was 615 grams - which is 1.35 pounds. Zero progress in 7 weeks. I am off the charts. He says he has one other patient who is in my condition - meaning the other 99% of his patients don't go though this. (I don't know how his patients equate to the trial. Are all the trial patients his? Or do they include the other 4 or 5 surgeons in the practice?)
But - yesterday was possibly the WORST day I have ever had with incontinence, so maybe I am doing a little better than the results indicate. I was a soggy, miserable mess all day yesterday and I have no idea why. I am a slender, high muscle tone, former track athlete with a physical therapist for a wife. Over the past 27 years - for a variety of reasons including class demostration - I have flexed or twitched almost every muscle in my body for her - including some that most people can't move. But apparently I suck at kegels. I simply cannot walk down the hall and stay tight at the same time.
So I can proudly say I have used something like 637 pads in the 13 weeks since the catheter came out. Buy stock in CVS because I use their pads.
Life is good, just some days are better than others.