Just got back from the doctor's office. A gentle nurse slowly released the balloon in the cath, and with one gentle movement, make the slippery snake leave my body. It felt weird and uncomfortable for all of 3 to 5 seconds, and just like that, catheter #7 was gone.
Got smart, and wore briefs and had a Depends guard in place, just in case. She said I may drip for a day or two, and perhaps might see a few drops of blood. She said if I had any signs of retention, to race back to their office before it closes at 5 today, and to drink as much liquid as I can stand.
On my way home, had to walk into my bank and back. Made it home, where I plan to stay today to adjust again to a snakeless environment. Felt a strange urge, and peed all on my own. I am happy that it was a small stream, not one of those dribble a drop at a time affairs, so perhaps this is all a good sign of things to come.
Being gun shy, after being on 7 catheters and a total of 100 days exactly on caths since my surgery, I will feel better when I make it through the whole day and night and wake up tommorow not blocked up. Then I will feel success.
I took the night bag, looked at it sadly, and put it in a trash bag, good riddence.
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, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, still talking option, 8/18 - had laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Catheter #7