"Padding" my account...

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 8/26/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just passing the eight month mark after RRP, and on the whole things are going pretty well. On the cancer front, things so far couldn't be better, which considering that was my #1 priority ahead of continence and potency, has me telling myself that is enough. But human nature being what it is, I'm striving for progress on the other two. My first month or so after catheter removal was urinary Hell, using up to seven pad a day. Then all of a sudden it improved to basically one every 24 hours with a very few exceptions. I have never gone so far as weighing the things, but always replace it every 24 hours. The couple of times that I apparently forgot to empty the bladder before bed and was completely zonked out (or had a few beers) I filled them completely. It is amazing how much these things will hold! But other than those two instances, they are basically the same thickness after 24 hours, so I must not be losing too much, although there is definitely some. So I suppose I am what some term "socially continent" even though I wouldn't dream of going pad free yet.

The ones I'm using are the Serenity "Moderate" (20 to a pack) pads, and while they do a good job I do wish they were a bit thinner. I Tried the next step down, but they were half the width of the "moderate" ones (which are about 3 1/2 inches wide), and would leave me nervous. The Depends equivalent is as wide but thicker and more cumbersome than these. Has anyone run across a pad thinner than these but as wide (3 1/2 inches)?

As for the ED...pretty much no improvement other than the occasional 30-40% of normal with the Cialis and Viagra and the pump for therapy. I did try the Caverject and WOW does it work, almost too well as I started getting worried after four hours. It did subside and I do think I'll reduce the dose and try the tri-mix which I hear is better. But I do need a variant that I can travel with without a cooler. On and on it goes, this thing of ours.

Robotic RP 12/07
Age 46
Pre-surgical PSA 5.02
Bone scan/Chest X-ray clear
All margins, seminal vesicles, lymphs clear
Three Post-surgical PSA's <0.01

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 8/26/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope I will be in the market for a thin "back up" pad after my AUS is activated. I will keep using my good ol Depend Guards until then.
    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
    July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
    July 30, PSA 0.00.
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
    Oct. 6th, 2008 - AUS Activation by Dr. Morey

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 8/26/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
A possible alternative for your injections would be bi-mix, which works well for me and does not require a cooler for travel, although it should not be left in a car, etc. unless it is in a protected environment to protect it from excessive heat.
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, 9 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

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 1:51 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,508 posts in 329,346 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161835 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, scattycatty.
367 Guest(s), 15 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Mustapha, 81GyGuy, mattamx, island time, adartist12, Anitas, Admin, zack36, Darla, Alex ArmPain, dmanIndy, Squarsh, garyi, Envsciguy, Estarnes