Hello one and all, let the saga continue:
Just got back from my dr/surgeon visit, first since my catheter was put back in last Tuesday. Good visit, the bottom line, we mutally agreed to leave the cat in one more week, till 12/29, to give a little more time for any swelling to go down, and to make sure the affect of the ditropan (the bladder spasm) med is out of my system. He said the other staff should have had me off it 2-3 days before they took out the first cath, but they never mentioned it. He mentioned that its a miracle that the urertha/bladder has healed as well as it has, said it was one of the most difficult surgeries in that area in all his many years of practice. With the holidays here this week, we both agreed that one more week would be best for both sides, in case something went wrong.
I have had a cath in now 37 out of the last 38 days, but you know what, I am learning to adapt and the cath is less of a threat to me now then the pain I went through when they took it out and it stopped flowing. Yesterday's enemy might be tommorow friend.
So I will live with my plastic bag friends another week, but I am ok with that. BTW, my wife calls the big bag the jelleyfish I tote around.
The dr. did say, I can legally drive now, even with the cat in, and after Friday of this week, he is lifting any weight limitations from me (within natural reason of course). So I do feel a lot better about things. First post surgery psa is still scheduled for Jan. 5, so I hope I earn the right to be in the zero club for the first time.
Thanks for your patience.
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-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08 - uncertain of what went wrong.
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