DJ - I bet they will think along the lines you described, hopefully when I call my dr. office today they can come up with a game plan, I don't want this cath out until there is some concrete action plan in place, if you remember, I went through 6 days of bad blasm pains with cat 2 all through Christmas because they would let me take the med, and then to have the cat out for less then 12 hours and go through all that pain again, it was like this was all for nothing.
Diane - when I read what Pete has been through and what he still is facing, I feel guilty for writing about such petty things. Told my wife last night, wish I never, ever agreed to this surgery at this time, been nothing but trouble and pain. And the burden of my wife, who works so hard as a nurse to start with, having to deal with all my problems, my mother now that she had her stroke the day after Christmas, etc, etc, I feel overburdend with guilt because I am so limited right now in how much I can help her. Just doesnt seem fair sometimes. She's not comlaining, but I know her too well after almost 35 years, and its taking a toll on her well being.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery 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, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08.
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.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9