Di, you would have to meet my mother, she is 4'11" tall, and claims she was taller then either of her parents, she is British, born and raised in London, went through all the WW2 bombings there while in high school.
When I had radiation that time, I will never forget what the radiation doctor asked me first. He said are you real sensitive to the sun and sunburn real easy? I told him yes, been that way all my life, and would often get what they called in the old days "sun sickness". After that, he said that I would have a very difficult time when they radiated me. I started having back side affects by about the 4th treatment. By the end of the 2nd week, I felt like I was sun sick and very sun burned, yet despite that pain, had to make myself go back 5 days a week, and somehow, at that time, I still managed to work full time. I would plan my zapping late in the afternoon and then go home somehow and crash all evening. It upset my wife so much at the time, that she would cry and beg me to stop the treatments. It was tempting, but I knew it was my best chance for survival at the time. This is exactly why I told my urologist/surgeon after my dx, that I was more afraid of having radiation then having any type of surgery.
Only my best to you and Pete, a very tough situation but you two seem to have such a good attitude about everything, it is inspiring to say the least.
The term "cock" would have made me laugh, it would have been ok to use, but right now, this one feels neutered, or at least in a deep, coma somewhere, lol.
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