Mark, your story and explanation makes perfect sense. I thought there was more to the story. I never suffered from a swollen prostate, so I can't say I know what that feels like. Since I no longer have a prostate gland, there is no problem in the same sense with me wearing foley catheters. My blockage has everything to do with the bladder neck juncture where the urethra meets it. Surgeon had extreme difficulties during the original surgery. I had a corrective surgery in January, but in just 6 months time, it has scarred over almost completely, again.
Sorry you dont have health insurance currrently, which forces you to do whatever means you have to relieve yourself. Good luck to you.
David in SC
57, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, again