SONNY--DAY 6 POST SURGERY- THE CATHETER IS GONE

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Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Just got back from the clinic where I had the cath removed. Last check before they took it out, pee'd from a full bladder, strong stream and there was very little residual left in the bladder.

The path reports are due in this afternoon and I'll be flying back to Orlando tomorrow abt 2pm.

I have said it many times in my posts but you folks can't possible know how much your support has meant to me through out this process. From the discover stages, to the Dr. Selection, and through the surgery and recovery, I have felt you guys with me all along the way. Thank you so much.

I know that this is serious business and I have never tried trivialize or minimize any of my posts, but I have to tell you the surgery and recovery here have really been almost a non-event. They have a very well thought out plan here and each step of the way has always been about the patient first.

Now it's back home to recovery and begin the life of new endings. Can't change the past, but I can affect the future. I will continue with my personal mantra that I have spoken here often; 'EVERY DAY IS A BONUS". So I will eat a little better, exercise a little more, cherish the day and feel free to love and support my fellow man a whole lot more.

I have tried to as honest as possible while I detailed my recovery. I know that some view it as remarkable and maybe it was. But for the others that follow my path of finding you guys looking for info and guidance, I wanted them to know that the process does not have to be miserable and painful. Mine truly ws not.

I take a little credit in my recovery. I exercised to get in shape, started eating the post surgery diet about 10 days before coming up here and came with a completely confident and positive attitude. You guys get a large part of the credit for the attitude. Your positive support, words of encouragement and prayers of blessing made a huge difference.

Just wanted to let you know your part in this. Thanks doesn't seem strong enough, but that will have to do for now.

I'll post later today when the path report is in.

Thank you all,

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


lewvino
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Total Posts : 384
   Posted 9/23/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxious to hear your path report Sonny. Good luck on all. I leave in the morning for my trip to Bermuda.

Larry
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
 
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ditto what Larry said. Time for some rest and recovery...Great job...

Tony
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, you have a wonderful time. Enjoy the trip, enjoy your family and enjoy the motorbike.

Try really hard to put PCa way in the back of your mind for a while. You deserve a break and I hope you get it.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tony

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Worried Guy
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sonny,
After hearing your results can I call a Mulligan for my surgery? Congrats!
Jeff

Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks

Jeff, if you can pull off the mulligan, you are a better man than I.

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny; This is just remarkable. Congrats.

Jeff
Jeff T Age 57
9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable
 10th month  PSA <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next


Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I feel really good - just waiting for the path results. Then I may celebrate with a cup of good coffee. Haven't had any for a week. Miss it very badly.

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


wesd40
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 9/23/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of your postings Sonny 3 . I am counting down 18 hours until catheter removal and I can't wait:).So far everything has been good since my surgery a week ago. I am ready for the next step. later, Wes

Magaboo
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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny,
 
I'm very happy to hear that everything went so smoothly for you. Congratulations! Now just take it easy for a few weeks and give your body a chance to heal from the ordeal. This site is truly a God send when it comes to this disease. We all have been in your shoes at one time or another. Just hope that your recovery will continue on this smooth path and that it will be swift and complete.
Please keep in touch.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09, = 0.05; July 09, <0.04


Bluenose
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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 9/23/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

 

...I mirror what Magaboo said......Good to hear all went well with the removal, take it easy, enjoy the walks, and move foward-good for you, you're doing great!   Blue


 
  age: 53 @ Dx, Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  6.23.09 1yr Post-op PSA Still a zero..
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."
       


huey
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 27
   Posted 9/23/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny,

Good to see your feeling good and well on your way to recovery and heres wishing that your path report is A1.

You mentioned that part of your success why you felt good after surgery was that you went on the post surgery diet before the surgery. What did that diet consist of? I didn't have surgery yet and I might like to try it. Any suggestions would help.

Thanks

Huey
Age: 64
Dx: 6/2/09, Age 63
G: 3+3
PSA: 2.04
Samples: 12, 1PC, 20%
DRE:positive
Stage: t2a
Still trying to decide on treatment.
New PSA 7/28/09: 1.3. I don't understand it???
9/8/09: Surgery is my decision for treatment.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 9/23/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, big congrats on the cath removal. You know what I am going to ask you next, how did the suprapubic one feeling coming out?
I printed off your post about you talking to the dr. on my behalf and showed my wife, she too agrees with that line of thinking.

Hope your phenominal recovery continues at this pace, glad to see a brother get a break in this cruel game of PC. You deserve it.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9


Sonny3
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   Posted 9/23/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

The removal happened while the Dr. and I were just talking. At one point he said hold still for a minute, I felt a little pull and he had the thing in his hand and dumped it in the trash. I swear all I felt was that little tug.

I don't know what is involved in putting it in the first time, they did that while I was having surgery. I have been looking for that Dr. to ask him about that and about your calling him. Just haven't found him yet. I will look again in the morning before I leave.

So I don't know how it goes in, but I can tell you first hand that having the SP catheter was never an issue for one second during my recovery. Well maybe one second. Like the time I forgot the bag was on the floor next to my chair and I jumped up to answer the phone. Twas not a pretty sight dragging it across the floor and grabbing my side to keep the thing from pulling out.

All the best to you my friend,

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 9/23/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, kind of figured it would be that easy. With the 7 catheters I had, not one of them ever hurt coming out, its quick and fast and the nasty slimy latex snake was in the trash can. Now putting them in, different story. Had 3 put in while knocked out, gee, they didn't hurt, but the 4 that were put in emergency situations, all hurt, despite numbing jell. Glad that part went well for you.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9

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