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DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my catheter removed for the second time today. Some notes:

-This time they did a cystogram, since I had problems last time. Only they forgot to tell each other and me, so no appointment was made, but fortunately they fit me in later in the day.

-The cystogram went fine. It was interesting to watch the dye flowing into the bladder in the X-ray display. Got a little unpleasant when they got up to 150ml.

-Catheter removal had a little more burning than last time, and some blood. The nurse (not the same one) said it was probably due to irritation from the catheter being in longer.

-To help keep the swelling down, which might be the reason I clogged up, the nurse prescribed 600 mg ibuprofen (Motrin) TID. This is new, and I hope it helps.

So far so good, but as we know from before, the acid test is the next 24 hours.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"

Post Edited (DJBearGuy) : 12/23/2008 6:29:18 PM (GMT-7)


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
DJ, good hear, my fellow catheter sufferer, that you got your out today, I was trying to figure, you had it in about a week the 2nd time if I did the math right? I hope the next 24 hours goes smooth for you brother. Mine is still due to come out on Monday, Dec 29 at 0830. I hope we both don't have problems on round 2.

Keep me posted, since you are ahead of me on this. If mine comes out on schedule this time, would have had one in for 45 out of 46 days.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Thanks. Yes, it was another week for this round. So far, urinated twice, each time with more burning and blood than before, but also noticeably more flowrate, which must be a good sign.

DJ
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
One more note, I asked about self-catheterization so that I wouldn't have to come all the way in if there was a problem. But the nurse said that there is some risk with post-surgery, of poking through the healing tissue. So, I'm still just having the wife on standby, just in case.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
DJ,
The blood and burning sound possibly normal at this point, I had some burning when the first came out, in my case, the entire time Ive been on the cath, never had any blood or bleeding. The "more" flow rate is great, and what you want, happy to hear that part. When mine was out that one day, nevery had a real flow, just a slow dripping, so slow, had to seat down to pee, and it got slower throughout that fateful day. I agree on the self cath remark from the nurse, my dr. doesnt even want me to have to go to ER if I were to be blocked if at all possible, said that the on-call dr. wouldn't understand how and where incisions and stiching were from the RP and could seriously damage me, so that self cath probably not a good idea. I am hoping you have a good night and next 24 hours. Please keep me posted. You may be my poster child when I go in next Monday to have mine out again. Good luck to you brother, piss away.

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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Dave,

Still doing OK. Like you, last time I had a dribble that got slower and slower as the day went on. The nurse said this was consistent with swelling. So, hopefully the ibuprofen is helping, and so far if anything the flow rate is going up a bit. I had hardly any blood the last several days on the catheter; it has all just started from the catheter removal. But there isn't a lot, just a bit of pink when the flow starts up, then it goes away.

Thanks for the continued good wishes. Nervous about going to bed, as that's when trouble started last time. I'll be happy to make it to the morning!

DJ
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/24/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds good so far, please let me know how you made it through the night. Hope it works so much for you.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/24/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
6:30 am local time and still in business! Got up twice during the night.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/24/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Great DJ, that gives me some hope in the days ahead. Keep me posted, hope you can get through the entire holiday without an emergency. Good going there!

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh what fun it is to pee on Christmas morning. If it were colder outside, I'd go make some yellow snow. smilewinkgrin
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/25/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas, DJ. Yes, make us some yellow snow angels. So it sounds like you are holding your own so far? That's great for you an encouraging to me. I spent all of Christmas eve with my family, but suffered from several massive spasms, most of which I left the room and hurt in the privacy of another room. Was so tempted to take the med for that, but fought it off, not wanting to mess things up next Monday when I get the cath out again. Had a couple of real painful ones today, but again, just trying to tough my way through them. Hope you have a good Christmas day, be thinking about you.

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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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Total Posts : 756
   Posted 12/25/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Last night and early this morning, there was more blood at the start of urination, but only at the start. Also burning. But both have subsided a lot as the day has gone by. Maybe nights are always worse for some reason.

I'm so sorry to hear you're still having spasms. Don't know if mine were the same, but I generally had more pain with the big bag than with the leg bag. Not sure why. My uneducated guess is that the big bag can pull some suction as it moves around, and the suction is painful. Maybe others know more.

Take care; I'll be thinking about you.

DJ
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/25/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
DJ, so it sounds, blood aside, that you are still flowing and urinating reasonable well, that is wonderful news, happy for you. Had bad spasms again today, when my wife go home, she had me lie down on my back and put an old fashioned heating pad across the area for about 30 minutes, felt good, but not sure it did anything. Still trying to tough it through till Monday. Keep me posted, and again, I am sincerely happy for you, to be freed of the plastic bag monsters. PS, I have less trouble with the big bag, and more trouble with the leg bag, and you are right, the big bag is a closed system and uses some kind of natural suction with the thick tube beyond the actual catheter tube itself.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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Total Posts : 756
   Posted 12/26/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Burning is still present, but blood is pretty much gone. Also, there is hardly any leakage. Noticed once from coughing, I need to remember to squeeze before you sneeze or cough. Another leak for no apparent reason today, but it was quite small.

I'm hoping the burning decreases and the volume held increases. From what others have said, I expect this will happen. Right now I have to get up every 2 hours during the night--I almost miss the night bag, that let me sleep through all night rolleyes
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/26/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, see you are still making it on your own. The burning is puzzling, is it mild or severe, or somewhere in between? The night bit would suck, prior to my bout with PC, I don't think as an adult I had ever gotten up to pee in the night, had the bladder of a thousand camels. Couldn't you wear something like a depends so you could get your sleep? Hope that's not too personal. I have been on Ambien every night for almost 10 years, not convinced I would wake up, so I will have to think about that some. BTW, still having some pretty severe spasms throughout the day, be so glad to be done with them. Glad you are plugging along.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/26/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
The burning starts out maybe 6 on a scale of 10, but always eases off to 5 or 4, so it's tolerable. Still, I was hoping it would be less by now. Continues to be worse at night. Flowrate seems to have decreased just a bit.

Something else I keep forgetting to mention is that I feel odd internally. Hard to describe, I guess I would call it a tickle, where the prostate used to be. I suppose it's just my insides healing and moving around to their new location. Don't recall anyone else mentioning it on the forum.

Before PCa, I used to get up maybe once during the night, often not at all. I do wear a pad to bed, but I feel like using it would be a habit going in the direction I don't want to go. Besides, I'd still have to deal with that burning sensation, which is what really wakes me up.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/26/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
DJ, good point on the burning at night, sure that would wake anyone up. The one and only day my cath was off, the first flow, if you want to call it that, there was a slight burn, i would say 2 - 3 pain most, but just briefly. I guess we are all stiched up inside differently, even my dr/surgeon was telling me that. The odd feeling you describe is unknown to me at this time, might be worth mentioning to your dr. if you can easily do that. The big diff between you and I, you had the robot and I had the open, so I don't know if that factors in somehow. Today, been on a cath now 41 out of the past 42 days, hard for me to really imagine not being on it or having to be on it. Guess I will find that out early Monday after this weekend.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/26/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Just came back from a trip to the mall with the family. On the way home I realized my tiny bladder was getting pretty full. It was starting to get painful, but I wasn't too worried since I realized I could pee into my pad if necessary. The interesting thing was that, once home, it was hard to get the flow started. Took at least a full minute of standing there to get things going. I was starting to get worried, am I plugged up again? Sort of like the urethra has a mind of its own and didn't want to open up. Seems like the longer the time between urinations, the harder it is to get going. Also still have that weird feeling inside, but took half a percocet and felt much better.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


James C.
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
DJ, even before surgery, if I held it for a long time, it always took extra time and effort to get the flow going.  Now- not so much, but still noticable.  I had the slight stinging for probably 4 weeks after catheter removal, along with slight blood tinting.  I also had that funny settling down feeling along with little discomfort stings inside for a couple months, I had a large prostate removed and things were probably settling into their new spaces, as you speculated.  All in all, you seem to be having the 'routine' course of healing, as far as sensations are concerned. 

James C.         Age 61
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix ..35ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-.04, 6 mts.-.04, 9 mts.-.04, 1 Year-.02.


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
DJ, you are scaring me with your last post, perhaps what James wrote is correct. I hope you don't block up again, as it seems you were doing alright. Me - 3rd day of severe spasms, almost unbearable again, somehow just trying to make it till Monday.

David
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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/27/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
James, thanks very much for your reality check. It's good to know that what I'm feeling is nominal.

David, sorry to scare you, though I was a bit scared myself for a minute, last night. But this morning so far went surprisingly well. Even though I went from about 2 am to 6:30 am, a good four and a half hours, there was no startup problem, and the burning was less than usual.

At my wife's suggestion, I got a seat cushion. Hopefully this will making sitting down more comfortable.

I've started doing the kegels. But what I wish we had too was anti-kegels--some way to practice opening up as well as closing.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/27/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
DJ, that 4 1/2 hour break, that sounds like big improvement for you. And no startup problem , would tend to make me think you are on the good side of the problem, happy for you. Seat cushion a good idea too. Still having a fit today, Saturday, with severe spasms, Gosh, I hope that ends for me Monday morning, can't take much more of that, I am afraid to get up, or move, or do anything again.

David
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
 
 

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