Just got back in from my dr's office. Still wearing the same cath I walked in. Despite my fears all weekend, he had no intention of taking it out in the middle of the day, knowing that if I blocked up, it would probably be at night. He stressed again that my situation is now too dangerous to be handled by a normal ER crew if I have another blockage.
He is going to setup another day surgery, possibly as soon as the end of next week at my beloved St. Francis Hospital in Greenville. I will put under GA, and in another world (smile), and he is going to do further dialations and this time, will do corrective surgery with some kind of microscopic laser. He said the laser, not only will cut out bleeding, but will make a smoother opening at the bladder neck, and much less likely to scar in the future. It will be more involved than the last corrective surgery in January, but still should just be a day procedure. If no complications arise, then I should be able to go home that day.
So I will be wearing this beloved catheter # 6 a while longer (btw, somehow, it was stated quite a few posts back that this was #7, it is #6. I will have a number #7 after this next surgery, for a week or two, and then, if all goes well, may never have to worry about this type of blockage.
While all that sounds a bit scary, I like the sound of having a new plan in place, and one where I will not have to be traumatized so much like that last emergency treatment 2 weeks ago. BTW, blood is still showing up in my urine after 14 days from that one.
He stressed again, that had he not been able to dialate that last attempt, I would have been right in the nearest OR for an emergency operation. He said he knew he was hurting me, but knew he had to make that last effort. I don't hold that against him, sometimes, you do what you have to do.
So back home, resting. he said I need to lay off any heavy work, no lawn mowing, no long walks, and start to prep for this next surgery.
All this worrying to death I think will be the death of me. I feared today, but nothing bad happened in the end.
All of this does push back the whole subject of reaccurance of the PC with me and the possibility of going forward with salvage radiation. He said this must be settled first.
David in SC
57, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, again
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 8/3/2009 12:34:10 PM (GMT-6)