Everything seemed pretty routine -- this was post-op Day 14 and out came the catheter -- no pain really.
Was able to hold in a full bladder at least while sitting -- and start and stop at will -- at least while sitting.
I am trying the old CUP catcher method I read about
on here for the first day anyways. I just want to be able to see when the leaks occur etc.
Also nice since i can keep an eye on Mr Handy in case he shows any signs of life.
Having the cup turned out to be serendipitous. While doing a good strong pee, the flow faltered for a second then whooshed back again and into the cup popped a little bean size brown thing. Oh, I thought .. must be a late blood clot. But when I picked it up with a tweaser it was hard like a rock.
A stone??? Never had any (painful) symptoms that would ever have indicated such a thing. (However I DID have a 1,25D (Active form of vitamin D) level of 48 pg/ml back in December). Anyone familiar with the Marshall Protocol will know that such a level is above the Merck cutoff of around 42 where calcium will get reabsorbed from bone and elsewhere and get deposited in soft tisue areas like the kidneys or bladder.
A google check on Bladder Stones states that due to conditions such as BPH (where urine can stagnate) it can cause stones to form (but due to BPH constrictions never get passed out I guess). No doubt this is what happened to me. I wonder if there are more? ( I did see some brownish fuzzy things in the bottom of the urine bottle after flushing at the docs -- but I thought they were just blood clots or something -- plus I felt nothing while urinating at that time.
I do have a couple of closeup photos of the stone (with a Dime as comparison) -- It was (*CORRECTION!) 1cm x .5 cm x .4 cm thick -- a flat oval (no spikey things!).
Anyone else ever see this?
All for now ... monitoring The Cup and peeing like a teenager again -- sometimes even when I deliberately want to ...
Age 58, 192lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed 140+ ml (110 grams) prostate size.
Prostate way too big for any Rad or Seed treatment or even trying to shrink.
open RP surgery 02/03/9, Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital,
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report - All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
Cath out on 2/18/9, passed a STONE within hours. To be analyzed by doc.
Post Edited (JimbStars) : 2/19/2009 8:21:16 AM (GMT-7)