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Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 1/29/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Got home the day before yesterday from an educational week in the hospital.  During the surgery the doc discovered that my bladder had attached itself to my abdominal wall, probably from the gut surgery 12 years ago.  He said if that hadn't been there he would have been done about 45 minutes earlier.  Requested a private room but wound up rooming with a 27 year old d***head who was only there to get the morphine. Eventually security got involved and they booted him.  In the meantime, my bowel did not want to wake up so 1 tube up the rear to stir the soup, NG tube down the nose and throat to get all the acids and nothing but ice chips until Monday when they finally pulled the tubes and gave me...yep...delicious broth.  Finally told them on Tuesday that I was well supplied at home to continue the soft diet and that I was leaving.  They balked at that until I convinced them that I knew what the hell I was talking about, that I had researched this for some time, knew what to expect, and that once again, I was leaving.  Someone from administration came in and wanted to discuss this. No discussion necessary. Sat her down and had a 10 minute "chat" with her, outlining the facts of my stay(she said they may need me as a witness if they decide to prosecute the roomie) and explained that,once again, I was leaving.Whew. The doctor came in, gave me the once-over, and said "Let this poor S.O.B. go. He knows what he's doing." Thanks, doc.  The story has a lot more highlights and shenanigans, but won't go into them right now.  Nurses were great and they were pretty much in tune as to what I was up to.
See the doc next Monday for cath removal and then on from there.  Had scrambled eggs, blueberry muffin, applesauce, and crisp bacon for breakfast and I can tell you, it's much better than broth. I don't think I'll be having that again for awhile.  So it's off to the treadmill and some light work around the house.  Glad to be back.  On a parting note, I know the name and address of the 27 year old junkie, so tonight he will be getting pizza deliveries, and in the future, magazine subscriptions, love notes to his wife(she was as bad as he was),  penile extension information, service calls from pest exterminators, a phone call from the FAA concerning his application to be an air traffic controller, and a phone call from someone named Vigo who says he owes him money.  He monkeyed with the wrong monkey.
All the best...and, life is good!
Bob smilewinkgrin
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 1/29/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back to the other side of your surgery. Nice to have you back. My, it sound like you had quite the adventure in the hospital. I was lucky and had a private room for my 4 days, didn't expect it, but enjoyed it.

A FAA air controller on dope, that's a pleasant thought, lol.

Nothing like that refreshing first cup of broth after surgery, makes my lips curl just thinking about that.

It's been my past hospital experiences, that most nurses are more in tune to the patients and their needs, etc, then most of the numb nut doctors that pass by.

Hope you continue to heal well and fast.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 1/29/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home, Bob and welcome to the other side. You've got some good war-stories for the guys at the Hardee's breakfast table, don't ya? tongue

James C.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 1/29/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back, Bob,
Now on to good healing. I hope all goes well. Good to see you, again...

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 15, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 1/29/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
As if it is not enough to have surgery & recovery - you lead a colorful life. Gee, my hospital stay was boring. Welcome home!

Age 61 (now 62)
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA <.04
2nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 1/30/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
alfalfa-welcome back after your surgery. Glad to see your doing ok. Reading your post brought bad memories from several months ago. Hope your recovery goes very well.
Age at Dx:48, currently 49
PSA May 08 2.96
referred to uro
PSA June 08 3.44
biopsy 7/25/08-29 core samples
path 7/31/08-8 of 29 PCa/10% involved L/R base and mid
high grade PIN in apex/seminal vesicles clear stage GS 3/3=6 pT2a
10/7/08 robotic at Cleveland Clinic-Dr. Kaouk
10/10/08 path GS 3/3=6 pT2c
cancer contained/neg margins
PSA Jan/09 .03

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 240
   Posted 1/31/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
ralph alfalfa -

Welcome back. I was beginning to worry about you. Wow, what a hospital story.

Good luck going forward.

Heal on!
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
              Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
              cancerous and the 6th was suspect.  
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.

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