In the end, happy I made some progress in the right direction. I can't lie, my weiner, scrotum, haunches, all very sore from today's procedure. But had quality one to one time with my doctor, he never tried to hurry me or my endless questions or concerned, despite having a very full lobby. No, Greenville is only 10 miles from my house, and his main office there is usually a 20 minute drive. His office here in Easley, a satelitte affair, is 4 blocks from my house. He said if he does the bigger procedure where I will be put under, he wants to do it at his main office, in case he needs something special.
I have had 3 types of leg bags, this new one is my fave, the emtpying end of the bag has a little lever that you just lift up to empty, and close to close, it has an elastic strap with buttons to attach, not hard for me. The previous one, had a simple plastic cap that just pulled off when you needed to empty, if you dropped the cap in the toliet, you would have to fish it out, it also had latex straps that really pinched the hairs on my leg, the other type, had horrible velcro straps that kept coming loose no matter what, and a twist nozzle on the exit end that took me two hands to open and close. So you can see, there are differences.
When I take a shower, I always have the big bag with the long hose on, I leave the bag outside of the shower curtain on the floor, and carefully move around the shower. They make a nifty shower plug,where you plug off the cath while you shower, then you put the bag back on, no need to worry about water leaking under the shower curtain, but I never bothered to ask for one or to buy one.
It's not exactly legal or even polite I suppose, but I have emptied the leg bag with ease in the grass or even in a parking lot if the need required, feel like some old hound dog taking a piss!
Hope you are feeling good today.
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. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, further tests/treatments 1/9/8.
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