I knew ED wasn't going to be a major issue when I started getting slight erections while still under the command of my Catheter. Once the catheter came off, I started to get real solid natural erections (i'd say close to if not 100% of original). This is all when I am by myself and wife is no where close although yesterday I did call her to the basement where I spend most of my time lately (my 'Erections' Center) to to witness my last solid one. In all of these instances the erections lasted reasonably long. Note, I have not used these erections yet as I wait to heal some more (or perhaps more due to my wife demanding a note from my doctor before I do anything prior to the Doctor recommeded 6 weeks! )
Here is the strange part: Last night, I convinced my wife to help me to 'instigate' an erection just to see if I have my 'erection on demand' back. Apparently my post 'prostrateless' Penis doesn't like pressure and was intent on being 'at ease' the whole time. I gave up after about an hour. Then this morning while I am home alone and in the basement thinking about the good old days and minding my business, here it is again - a solid 100% full length erection!
Is this the new world order or what? Random erections when I am by myself and I don't need them? But unable to get one when I am focused on getting one?
Does this phenomenon sound familiar to any one?
>Age 41 (At Dx-July 05) -Psa during annual physical went from previous 2.8 to 3
>Biopsy by 'primary' Urol Aug 05 - Gleason 6 low grade. 2nd opinion at Hopkins confirmed Dx
>Chose Active Surv (AS)- modified diet etc.
>Around Oct 07 Psa moved up to 5.5. I decide to treat at Hopkins. Not sure what kind yet. My doctor decided on re-biopsy first.
>2nd Biopsy Dec 07 at Hopkins was NEGATIVE for Pca! Nothing found in 14 cores!
>'Primary' Urologist baffled. Planned a saturated biopsy (22 cores) to settle issue once and for all. I wasn't going to do 22 cores wide awake!
>July 07 - Did MRI just for comfort. Nothing significant found. No spread. I'd live! Still in AS mode.
>July 08 - Saturated Biopsy performed. Cancer confirmed again (of course, you took 22 cores)! Same Gleason score, same grade, similar numbers but Urol says treat very soon! I am thinking not so fast - numbers are same and you told me it means not aggressive! In any case I agreed with Urol that I will go the way of the Seeds. I research seeds more and I don't like it.
>July 08 - Dec 08 I re-lapse back into AS mode but seriously researching/considering treatment options beside surgery - went on to Mass Gen and Georgetown to explore proton therapy and Cyberknife respectively. Anything but Surgery! Both experts who are about my age were unanimous in strongly declaring they will chose surgery 'if they were me'. In addition, I learn that if either if these radiation methods (and seeds too!) failed, no backup plan (or will be complicated)! I got the message!
>Jan 09. Went back to see my doc at Hopkins. I decide to put my fate in the hands of the 'Da Vinci Robot' then!
> May 09. Had surgery. some Pain and discomfort but normal. Pathology all clear. Gleason 6 as before. Feeling very lucky. I gambled (based on my numbers and got 4 more years!) on the slow nature of the cancer and took my time. Very happy I finally did it. Hoping for a great recovery of all 'key' functions. Great wife and family helping out.