Posted 2/13/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)
Because this forum seems open and forthright . . . I will "spit this out." I've been wanting to write this for a few weeks.
I did very well during my two months from dx to surgery, and very well post surgery (except for the "flap" which caused the reinsertion of the catheter)
The dx caught me totally by surprise, I was bummed out for about one week . . . until I took a different approach, took charge and phoned the Mayo Clinic.
Post surgery I was very aggressive. Sure, I sat around for a few days in the recliner, even slept there a few nights.
The catheter drove me nuts . . . I experimented with different underwear types, different means and mechanisms to hold the tube to my leg with a minimum of movement. (it was only a "tube" when I was mad at it!). I worked to find the proper method of keeping it lubricated so I could be as normal as possible.
Once I got that problem solved, I did what I could to pick up where I left off . . .
I was walking up to five miles at a time.
With the docs permission I started "jogging" up stairs at a local ski area, worked up to 15 laps of 100 stairs (yes, 1500 at a time)
I found I could lift and carry a few things if I was very careful about balance . . . I worked very hard to not stress my abs., or put any undue strain on my internal repairs. It was all about weight balance, and lifting carefully with my legs, not my back or abs.
Yes . . . at about day 26 I even carefully cut the grass. It was very easy if I went slow, steady and carefully. The only issue was turning the mower around at the end of the rows . . . (because balance was hard to find).
Post catheter I had almost no continence issues. Part of me thinks this is because of the bike riding I do. When you ride a lot, and ride "properly," the bike is actually controlled by your legs . . . not really by your hands on the handlebars.
I have had little erectile issues.
I was back on my bike at day 42 . . . rode >50 miles that day . . . and nearly 1000 before snow shut me down for the winter.
I realize what is right, acceptable and appropriate for me may not be right for you . . . and vice versa.
Why am I writing this? For two reasons:
1) I think we are all capable of quick recovery if we are fit, and if we maintain "not necessarily a positive, but certainly not a negative attitude."
2) Most importantly . . . I often feel guilty when I read the posts of others.
Thanks for listening,