Hi SEPPBURGH, first, welcome to the group, but sorry you have to be here.
I found returning to work to be more of being mentally ready than having the energy. I was lucky, being able to slide into it by having managers come to the house for meetings and to give me updates etc. While I was sharp enough while they were here, or at least I felt sharp enough, I found when they left I was glad to see them go and quite happy to sit in a recliner chair on the verhanda and have a snooze.
On the leaking, it is amazing how well the pads work. Like Geezer says, if you've got a bathroom available to make a pad change you're good to go. Some people dry up near instantly. Others can take months and months. Assume you're going to be in the months and months group. If you are, it's just as expected, if you dry faster, that's great.
Before surgery I too was concerned about not having control. But, if you can see the humor in standing at a check out counter, dealing with a nice young lady who is ringing up your purchase and having a nice chat with you, while all the while you're squirting into your pad and working on keeping conversation normal, then you'll do fine. Again, wise Geezer has nailed it. The experience is yours and only strange to you. Other people have no idea and it's situation normal for them.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.