Started driving the week the catheter was out. One unfortunate pad overflow that week, put plastic garbage bag on seat, cut short shopping trip, headed home.
Commuter train and bus at end of second week. Careful to pee before the up to 1 hour trip.
1 ½ hour car trip at three weeks. Bathroom breaks carefully planned before, middle, and end. No problems
Inter-city bus, 2 hours at two months. Picked a bus line with onboard WC but could have managed without. Did curtail liquids.
Swimming at two months. Asked my doctor about
leakage – he laughed, reminded me that urine is sterile and told me to wash my butt.
Bicycle at four months – no extra leakage although my son did have to wait for me at the tops of hills.
Now at 6 months I figure that anything under 4 hours doesn’t need any special thought.
Only one worry, I’ll be in Northern Wisconsin at Thanksgiving and go snowmobiling if the weather cooperates. If I leak, can I pull into a tavern parking lot and drink hot rum drinks, or will they have to get me off the machine with an ice pick?
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.
Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day
Post Edited (geezer99) : 11/11/2009 11:40:49 AM (GMT-7)