My elation of having my cath out after 32 days didn't last for long. Sometime in the middle of the night, the flow stopped. By 0730 this AM, I was already in severe pain. Wife took me to dr. office as an emergency at 1030. They did a scan of the bladder, and in the end, one of the other surgeons put in a brand new catheter. They are not sure what went wrong in less then 24 hours, they will be consulting with my surgeon this afternoon and then calling me later today. I am sure I will have the new catheter at least a full week, if not more. I won't lie, by 1100 today, I was at pain level 10 with no let up, not even for a second, as my bladder was full and no way to go. The doctor wasn't certain he could get a new catheter up there, but thankfully, it worked on the first time with little pain (they put some kind of pain killer jel on my winky first), a lot of pressure, but not really any pain. Within 30 seconds of it being put in place, already dumped out 550 ml of urine and almost immediate relief. Backhome, took some meds, and resting. My thanks for my wonderful wife for being there all the way, as usual. I am learning fellow sufferers, there's no such thing as normal in the wonderful world of PC that we share.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerving sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32.
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled for 1/5/9