Had a great pre-op prep nurse, she got the IV in me without me feeling a single pinch or pain, the first for that, the fact that she was beautiful too didn't hurt my feelings.
Even though they IV'd me some happy med prior to wheeling me off, I was fully awake going into the OR, I will able to assit them getting me situated on the OR table. My dr and I joked back and forth a few times. Then when they went to lower the mask on me, the guy dropped it out of his hands it nailed my head. That was a real crowd pleaser in the OR. The last thing I remember was someone out of the corner of my eyes putting a syringe into my IV, and then blam, was in the recovery room.
I must say, and brag, and have said this here before, there is good reason why St. Francis Hospital here in Greenville, SC wins year after year for having the best patient care in the entire state. Great staff, great attitude, and that makes a big difference when you are the patient.
This, and I hope its the final one anytime soon, catheter number 7, is due out Monday August 31st. My dr doesnt feel that I will have any trouble getting quickly dry again, perhaps a day or two, not like after the main surgery last November. Hope he is right on that point.
It will be nice to pee again and not be on a cath. He did tell me to really lay off any unneeded walking, climbing stairs, and anything real physical. Says I got to stick by that this time, and perhaps I won't have some of the bleeding episodes I have been having. Can continue to use the ditropan for spasms as needed.
Glad to be home ,and like we tell all our surgery brothers, glad to be on the recovery side of this corrective surgery.
I told several staff there about HW, and they said they would check us out.
David in SC
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