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
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