Congrats on being free of the blasted catheter, as self proclaimed king of catheters, I hereby dub you tube free from this point. My last cath has been gone a lil bit over 2 1/2 weeks, as the day wears on, I still get sorer down there. All the attempts at control just wear you down after awhile. Sure its normal, I am even going to ask my dr on Monday myself. It takes time, in my case, a little better each day. Like many here, I was dry at night first, and once my sleep started getting regulated again after a long week, felt much better. I am neutral on the kegal exercises. It would never hurt to do them, pre or post surgery, I have read reports that questions the value of them in our cases, most of the control part takes time, also depends what degree of control you even had pre-surgery. My road back to dry has been mostly steady. At home, I no longer wear anything, because I know I can make one of 3 bathrooms. Sometimes, if I am running local errands for an hour or less, I wont wear any protection. If I am going to be gone longer, I wear a men's depend pad the kind you stick down your briefs. Mostly for mental more than wetness reasons. At night, even though I have been dry at night all along, still like the security of a depends pull up. I sleep better not worrying about
it at all. I will wean myself off of them as soon as the current pack runs out.
You are doing well, Hang in there brother.
David in SC
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