Jeff, definitely going to be on that next cath, and it will be a larger diameter one like after my last corrective surgery. they do that to keep the new opened space opened fully while it heals, and it gives a chance to get any chunks and gunk out of me. the last time, it was a very painful week, any walking or bending caused pain, i couldnt wait for it to removed. i am hoping somehow that it wont be as bad, but i have to plan for the worse.
3 days after the procedure, i am suppose to accompany my wife to her employers banquet awards fiesta in Clemson, SC. Its an over night affair. Dont know if I will be in dancing form, but I owe her so very much for my well being. If nothing else, I will show up, eat, mingle, and since we have a room reserved, I can always grace out and get comfortable in the room while she parties on. She drinks, I don't, so I will be the designated straight cath driver.
David in SC
PS Jeff, how are you really doing? Looking at your signature, you are 2 weeks on the recovery side. Your attitude sounds greaat, but how are you really feeling?
Age 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, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA