Congratulations! on what seems to have been a successful surgical procedure, coming home and for still being employed!
about the pain: On the way home from the hospital I filled the pain relieving medicine prescription . . . and never used it. I, like you, did use the Tylenol but just a couple of times. I was surprised I didn't encounter pain past the first day or two (mostly because my lower back hurt).+
about the catheter: It was a non-issue for me and not a bother/annoyance . . . but I read comments from other people mostly to the contrary. Sometimes, now, I wish I had the catheter connected!
Slow and easy wins the race.
Age: 59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved
Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; Location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%
Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery
Incontinent: Yes (1/2 light pads per day)
Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)
PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0