History repeats itself.
I had my catheter taken out yesterday. Like you, plumbing worked in the office. One nurse said 5% have to come back and have the catheter put back in. The other nurse, who took out the catheter, did a great job. I felt like I was on top of the world. Then I came home and read your post, so was on guard, anyway. Was peeing OK every few hours. But, like you, things stopped working during the night. Had a gradual increase in pain in the urethra, that got greater and greater. Wife drove me in. By this point it hurt to sit down, so I held myself off the car seat all the way to the hospital. Pain got up to 10, as you had. The nurse on duty was very good and understanding. We had called ahead, so she was pretty much ready for me. There was some discomfort putting the catheter back in, but it was nothing compared to the urethra and bladder pain, which was excruciating by that point. My wife and the nurse saw some clots come out that had probably been clogging things up. Put out about
400ml. In minutes I was relaxed. I told the nurse she saved my life. Later today I will call in to make an appointment and find out when the cath gets taken out again.
So Dave, I can really empathize with you. I don't know, maybe later I will feel depressed about
having to have the catheter again. But right now, I'm in such relief from the pain, I don't mind it. Another week will be OK. Maybe I'll even try driving with the leg bag.
On another note, my pathology report came in. Lymph nodes negative, which is great. But I did have a "microscopic margin". I don't recall the exact words the doctor used. I gather that in one sample, it looks like the cancer may have reached the boundary of the prostate. So he said there is some controversy about
what to do, but he recommends monitoring the PSA, and then consider radiation if necessary.
PS Sorry to hijack the topic. Maybe Jim can move this message if that seems appropriate.
Diagnosed September 2008.
Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter removed on 7th day, replaced on 8th day
Post Edited (DJBear) : 12/17/2008 8:26:10 AM (GMT-7)