Of all the physical aspects of this journey, I too had a similar experience, and it was the worst part. It kept me in the hospital for 2 extra days. I am also small framed and pretty fit but my belly protruded like I was going to give birth to a basketball. I looked at my partially shaved belly, with the incisions , a small drainage tube and could hardly believe it was me from the chest down. I was never in so much pain in my life. The nurses were trying to be helpful but the situation with tubes going in and coming out of me from everywhere, darkness of night in a lightning concentrated thunderstorm, hospital bed that kept making noises to stay inflated and not being able to get around assured me that I was pretty darn close to hell. Alas, I was never so happy in all my life as when the gas finally started to find a natural way out. It waswn't pretty, but I must say, it was fantastic. Everything else in the recovery pales in comaprison and now I have a new appreciation for those bodily functions that we don't really like to talk about much.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....