PCa and modes of transport
How are we all managing to get around? What are our journeys like?
I ask, as this week I went to the hospital in Amsterdam for a blood test and I went by train. I had to plan it a bit more carefully than I would have done before treatment, but it was okay (I made sure I had a seat in the part of the train near the WC for instance). My biggest question was pads. I haven’t worn a pad for several weeks now, but I decided I was confident enough not to wear one “just in case” and I had no leaks or dribbles. (I do still always have a pad with me though,)
I peed before I left home at 13.20 and I caught a tram (streetcar) to the train station (takes about 12 minutes).
The train journey was about 40 minutes. At about 14.20 I had a pee on the train before it arrived then took a bus (5 minutes) to the hospital.
At 15.00 I peed at the hospital before I left (because I could, not because I needed to).
I had a drink of juice at the station at 15.15.
I peed on the train on the way back at about 15.55 (that was indeed just in case).
Another tram took me home. I was back at 16.35 and didn’t need to pee when I got in.
Thus I was out of the house for 3¼ hours and had three visits to the bathroom. And to be honest I expect I might have gone to the bathroom just the same way on a trip to the hospital before my operation.
Anyway, before our treatments we may have used and travelled about in or on some of the following:
Automobiles/Cars (as driver and/or passenger.)
Jeeps, 4x4s etc off road
Tractors, combine-harvesters etc
Buses/Coaches (For me the most problematic due to the suspension bouncing me so much)
Motorbikes, Scooters, Bicycles
Skis, Roller-skates, Ice-skates
Sailing boats, Powerboats, Ferries, surfboards
Aircraft, (as passenger or crew/pilot)
Plus miscellaneous things such as racing cars, tanks, warships, road-rollers, submarines, cable cars, bulldozers, hovercraft etc
Since my Da Vinci fifteen weeks ago I have managed: a car as a passenger, my bicycle, trams, buses and trains
but what’s it like now for other people, what helps, what should be avoided etc?
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on 1st and 2nd Aug 2009, Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night, but wearing pads 24/7
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009 Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.
Post Edited (English Alf) : 11/11/2009 7:32:53 AM (GMT-7)