I've been doing exceptionally well post-robotic procedure. But a week after the catheter was pulled I was experiencing pain on urination and lower back pain. Got extreme, sleeping 12 hrs at a stretch. I figured it was a urinary tract infection, and maybe muscle pain from daily Cialis. Resisted wife's call to go to ER, figuring it would just cost $ and I could home treat with antibiotics.
We went. Turned out it was lymphoceles, fluid filled sacks where lymph nodes had been sampled (happens about
5% of the time). Fluid was pressing on bladder and veins of kidneys. I could have lost them if it had continued. A drain was inserted, and it was two nights in the hospital. It's a week later and I'm still wearing the drain, goes to a bag on my leg, waiting for the discharge volume to go down. Have to back flush with saline twice a day, and may move up to betadine if it does not resolve.
Trying to be superman is habitual for most men. I'm learning the hard way that it doesn't pay.
This moment, here and now, is nothing less than the totality of existence.
I can't control my life, but I can influence this moment.
PSAs 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 at yearly intervals, mild DRE finding (hindsight unrelated) lead to biopsy
3/08 1st biopsy, 18 core. Pathologist 1, HPIN and ASAP, 0.5mm 1 core. Pathologist 2, carcinoma
7/08 2nd biopsy, 16 core. Pathologist 1, 1 core carcinoma. Pathologist 3, 3 cores carcinoma
Urologist retired. Referred to another Dr in same practice, not experienced enough.
12/22/08, robotic davinci at U of Washington Med Center, Dr. William Ellis. 6 hr procedure. Both nerves spared.
12/31/08 catheter out
Final path report:
79 g prostate gland
1.5 cm^3 cancerous (<5%), bilateral, T2c, Gleason 3+4
Margins clear, seminal vessels clear, 14 lymph nodes negative
Dry immediately after catheter out.
ED - some nocturnal erections even with catheter.
1st orgasm at two week mark. 50% erect, BJ w/o the mustard.
Needs more stimulation, orgasm ok, but my 'card deck' is confused, need to reprogram what this is for.