Can We Find Humor in our Recovery?

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LuckyDog
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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Can we find humor in our recovery?

My cancerous prostate was removed 12/30/08, via robot surgery. (I will try to find and post the statistics that everyone else has listed.)

I have had a lot of time for PONDERING. I often ponder over the events of a day, to try to recall if I was able to help anyone in need.
Ah, yes, I am once again assured by a warm feeling.
Oh, well. Once again, I am deceived – I discover I am only urinating on my family jewels.

I have healed a lot, but am stuck on a plateau – I can’t get past the drips. Not many, maybe 20 per day. I wear a male guard. I haven’t had an overnight accident in a while, which is totally dependent on my discipline to go sleep before my sleeping pill turns on me, creating a monster with the munchies!

I’m disabled with arthritis. I spend most of my day laying on one of 3 single beds: my sleeping bed, a living room bed (where I associate with my wife & 3 caged birds), or on a 3rd bed, on castors, in front of my computer desk. The monitor is mounted on a monitor arm, and swings out over the bed; the wireless keyboard lies on my lap.

Laying down for most of the day has its drawbacks. I have even searched for, and thought of making, an incontinent product that would keep my jewels dry.

I’m 63. I just passed the 11th month anniversary of the prostatectomy. I still have the warm sensations – same thing, only different. Now, when I sit on the commode, I make sure I tuck my scrotum between my left thigh and the toilet seat; I also make a conscious effort to hold Mr. Bill, so he doesn’t hose down the… you know. (Everything is shrinking. Boy, growing old is definitely not for wimps like me.)
I have a good sense of humor, and a lovely wife (married almost 42 years).

I see the doctor in 2 months. All PSA tests have been okay. The last one on 7/20/09 was <.014. My next visit will be 1/20/09. I’m not sure what the options are for dripping.

Despair will try to overtake you when you are up to your eyeballs in diapers and urine. But your health will return. Very, very slowly at first. You’ll be a new person in 12 months.

I’m still dripping, but it is so much better than it was 11 months ago!
Wow! Who knew, that without a prostate, you could void 20 oz!

When I first started seeing my urologist, in 2003, I was killing my back getting in & out of my bed to void every 4 ounces. Flomax helped, but the side effects were rough. I then discovered the ingredients in a widely advertized prostate supplement (beta-sitosterol), which got me up to 12 – 16 oz. again.

I’m still processing oxygen. Life is good.
I’m on this side of the veil for my family. When it is my time to go, I’m ready. But I do dread/hate the thought of a failing body, and all the associated problems that that can cause.

Until that time comes, I will continue to laugh out loud at all my mishaps, my pains, every time I drop things; break things; forget things; remember things recalled 24 hours late; and even for the warm fuzzy feelings Charlie Brown described.
That is a habit I developed many years ago. It is the complete opposite of the anger habit displayed when someone cuts you off in traffic, gets your parking space, or when you bang your finger.

God,
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
And help me to not to forget to find the humor.

(My wife is a 6-year cancer survivor. She told me we could be around for another 15+ years. Ho, ho ho.)
turn tongue

Rolerbe
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   Posted 12/1/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
"Ah, yes, I am once again assured by a warm feeling.
Oh, well. Once again, I am deceived – I discover I am only urinating on my family jewels."
 
Well, it may only play to the narrow audience here, but I thought that was funny tongue turn smilewinkgrin
51 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08 -- Great MD in New Haven, CT
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
One nerve spared
PSA at 0 for just over a year now.
 
 


don826
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   Posted 12/2/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello LD,
 
I found your post to be spot on. I use and have used humor in my own life to deal with tough situations. Something I picked up from my mother. I too  have found cause to laugh at some of the side effects of the treatments. I find that it also helps others for me to have an upbeat attitude vs the woe is me thing. I get a lot of "you look good" comments. In a lot of respects I am lucky. The side effects from radiation were brief and mild and have not recurred. The hormone therapy side effects have diminished and are tolerable. And the best is that the disease seems to be under control for the time being so life is good.
 
Best to you and your wife.
Don
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones 
PSA 06/09 .36 or .30 depending on who did the test
PSA 09/09 .33 one year after IMRT and 16 months into hormone
 
 
 


goodlife
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   Posted 12/2/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I think humor is essential to recovery. Maybe not HA HA funny humor, but humor that allows us to look at subject matter in a different light, and realize that it is not all bad, things could be worse, things could be different, so just deal with it. Even smile at the situation from a different perspective.

Sounds like moist family jewels are an inconvenience compared to your arthritic situation.

God Bless you brother, and keep on truckin !
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injections


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/2/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HW Prostate Cancer, LD

Your post was most welcome on this cold, wet, and windy morning here in western SC. It was like a breath of fresh air and thinking, to be honest. Considering all you are going through and your current life, your attitude is great, and I for one, can learn from that.

I am recovering from a rough 39 session salvage radiation treatment that just ended a few days ago and still with a catheter after over 2 months with at least a month to go, I have been down in the mind department lately. Took all my strength to get through it, and I admit, have a low tolerance of pain, so that fighting pain can be counter productive to thinking positive.

I will save your post and print it off. Gives me something to think about. I hope you continue to do well, and glad you joined us. It's a very great group of men and women here, that really care.

Please keep us well posted. And yes, humor in our recovery is well needed and appropriate. I need to find some myself.
Thank 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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


dawgfan
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   Posted 12/2/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Good post - thanks for the laughs. I need to be reminded ever-so-often to laugh instead of cuss.
DX 8/24/06, Gleason 6, PSA 3.32, stage T1C, age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
6/16/09 AdVance Sling installed
 Last PSA was 0.01


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/2/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post LD. We all need humor in our lives in order to deal with this disease otherwise, we will be be miserable all the time. You have the right attitude.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1


Worried Guy
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   Posted 12/2/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky
Incontinence is near and dear to my heart - and scrotum.
When I tried the squat to pee technique, I tended to spasm and would shoot an impressive distance before getting things aimed right. At one point early in my recovery process I needed both hands to steady myself with the walker. I held a long towel in my teeth and let it hang down so the spasm would squirt there instead of on the wall. One day I saw myself in the mirror and started laughing. It cracked me up.
Humor is a good thing.
Jeff
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex. No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 10/31 3 months, Still no activity, nada, zip
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
9/27 2 months: Still 3 pads per day.
11/14 4 month: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak. At this rate I'll be fine in 2012.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks- 0.05, 10/13 3 months- 0.04 undetectable.


goodlife
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   Posted 12/2/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure is much harder to aim that thing while laughing tho.

Some engineer should develop a holder for those situations .
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injections


LuckyDog
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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Many thanks for the kind replies.

It does bring a little more joy into my life to know I'm not alone in my struggles. No, I'm not glad that you guys have it too... But that there's a caring community of individuals, going through the same experiences, who have the best wishes of others at heart.

(I wouldn't wish this on anyone.)

Thanks again.

English Alf
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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Luckydog.

Laughing all the way to and from the bathroom.

When I was at school (and I was about 17 at the time) I remember getting told by the principle/headmaster that my sense of humour would get me into trouble.!!

" If they could see me now. If they could see me now! "


I don't fancy squashing the contents of my scrotum between my thigh and the toilet seat mind you.
I am glad that when I put in our new bathroom a couple of years ago that I fitted a toilet seat with a large hole in it so there's plenty of space to fit fingers and thumbs to do some gripping and aiming of what's left.
(What was the old joke: "What's grandpa got that's small and pink and shrivel? Grandma!" Not true any more, not that I'm a grandpa yet, just feeling old and worn out.)

Perhaps I could sign off with a quote from "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" a Charles M. Schultz book I gave my wife before we were married.

"Happiness is overcoming your fears."

Alfred

(Gee - that quote makes it sound like I thought she was scared of marrying me.)

LuckyDog
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
David, when asked about my allergies, my answer: Pain. Fear of pain.
I couldn’t imagine the pain you’re going through from 39 radiation treatments. And the meds for pain cause constipation. Both are bad.
People with pain try to get through the day – maybe tomorrow will be better. Then the time period shrinks to an hour; then 5 minutes; then to a MOMENT. When you just want to get through the MOMENT, without heaving, that’s rough. It is hard to have positive thoughts when constant pain in knocking at your door.

No, no, English, not the contents, just the skin…..Ouch!
I like "Happiness is overcoming your fears."

Jeff, holding a towel in my teeth would’ve prevented some of my early accidents.
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Our condition gives us time for contemplation about our condition.

Job 1:21 in the Old Testament reads: And (Job) said, naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

I had similar thoughts at the beginning of the post-op period: I started my life wearing diapers…

Recently, my memory took me back to kindergarten/ 1st grade, at the beginning of the school year. During a bathroom break, the boys in our class were lined up in front of 4 or 5 urinals. One of the boys at the urinal had dropped his trousers and underwear to his ankles. On day 3, someone had told him about the fly that was sewn into his clothing. Maybe he was just protecting his shoes…

Here I am, some 57 years later, and I’m dropping my trousers to my ankles! There is just no way to navigate around a pad.

We’ve mentioned a few accidents in these posts. But how do you have an accident after 11 ½ months? By being dumb! Really, really, dumb. There I was, as described in the previous paragraph. And, because I could, I let go. So far, so good… No hands!
“What did you say? Hold on – I’ll be there in a minute,” was my reply to my wife’s question, asked from the living room.
Yep, that stopped everything. I should’ve quit while ahead. With the pressure of a fire hose, it was not a good idea to start again – without holding on!!! (I glad I was able to stop before drilling a hold in the bottom of the commode’s water tank.)
I got a few chuckles out of that, while cleaning up. What do I have to say for myself? At least my shoes were protected…
yeah

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky Dog, the one thing that those around me find humorous with my extended catheter times, is just how fast and tricky I can empty an overfilled leg bag. I was at my mother's house the otherday, got out of my car and walked into the grass and pretended to tie my shoe, and quickly emptied. She said I was like a dog. I can find the most unique places when I have been forced to empty in public, but unable to get to a restroom. Perhaps I am a bit of a barbarian, or perhaps all us men do this, but I have always like to take a piss outdoors when I could get away with it. So this is just an extension of my former life I suppose.

Guess they couldnt get me for exposing anything, just the little green latch on the bottom of the bag. Now public urination, that's another matter.

Funny what we can adapt to when you have to. What really keeps me going through all my journey, is that I have always been a person of big dreams, and no one or no cancer will ever kill my sense of dreams. I always have hope for better times.

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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place


zachattack
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
LD,first of all welcome.I found out shortly after surgery and the cath being removed that the jewels don't like to be bombarded with pee,They could'nt speak but they let me know with a horrable burning sensation and let me know they were unhappy.I found if I wrapped the little guy with a maxi pad and then put it in my depend most of the pee got caught in the pad and offered me some peace-of-mind.Hope this helps.

Zach
age 55dx 12-2008,psa at biopsy 8.6
biopsy 12/12 gleason 3+4=7
da vinci surgery 6-09 nerve sparing by DR. John W. Scott (my hero)
Hospital 3 days cath 7days still leaking from cough(bad lungs)
still have ed may be the hormones.
9-09 psa 2.2 hormone inj
10-09 nuclear bone scan no results yet I will have gold markers placed 12-29-09
start rad 1-10-10
organ confined
extracapsular seminal vesicle involvement
lymph node involvement


LuckyDog
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   Posted 12/21/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Zach,
When this episode of incontinence commenced, my wife shopped for products she thought would be helpful for my problem with urine.
For quick clean up, I use GermX wipes, 42 count, form WalMart. My wife found them about 8 months ago. The wipes were wet, and required ½ paper towel to dry off. They were just what I needed. After using the 2nd container, we purchased 6 more containers to have on hand. But these, with a “Best if Used By 6/11” stamped on the side, were dryer, and required 2 or more wipes for the same cleaning job.
I called the company. They told me to try the ones sold at Walgreens Pharmacy (82 count). But these were even dryer, requiring 3 or more.
My Solution: I use the ones from WalMart; the full 42 ct container now weighs 11 to 11.5 oz. I add 6 oz. water to the container, so they will work like the original wipes. (Container weight to 17.5 oz.)

Being on prednisone, temporarily for 28+ years, has greatly weakened my immune system. I have a problem with fungus (jock itch, can't wear rings because athletes' foot blisters form under the ring). I use a 1% Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) crème for my nether regions to keep the fungus in check.
One day last week, I thought I could get away without using the crème. Wow, what a urine-burn on my jewels!

Dermahealth Barrier cream (by Vi-Jon) is available for skin protection, wherever incontinence products are sold. (It goes on THICK.)

LuckyDog
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   Posted 9/3/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
HealingWell Update 2010-09-03
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1657552&r=r
Update
PROSTATECTOMY on 12/30/08.
Less than 1 pad per day. Tried the new Kegel exercises 6 months ago, but still dripping.

8/12/10 Day surgery to install the ADVANCE MODERATE SLING (the one that doesn't require screws).
Arrived at hospital 5:45. Left hospital ~3:00 PM.
The nurses weren't listening to me when hooking up the Foley bag before discharge.
ME: I don't want a thigh-bag, I want it on my calf.
Nurses: Everyone gets a thigh bag, so you can wear shorts.
That's when I realized that was all they had, and to just shut up.

We called the drug store across the street from the hospital to ask about an extension, so the bag could be worn on the calf. First stop, the drugstore.

Because of NO EAT/DRINK after midnight, my bladder didn't start working until after 4:00 PM. What an ordeal to empty the bag.
I was able to get my foot up on the side of the commode.
I could barely reach my shoe when it was on the rim of the commode.
That’s when I noticed that my cheapest of bags, didn't have a valve. Instead, it had a cap over the plastic tube at bottom of bag. I had to remove the bag from my ankle to empty it.
My wife helped my get it all back together. (If it wasn’t for her, I would’ve assumed the fetal position – and tried to die on the bathroom floor – that would’ve taken weeks...)

Jan made another trip to the drugstore, for the best bag they had, one with a valve (~$12).
It was nice to be able to sleep without getting up to void.

PURGATORY, I often thought of you, and wondered if I could get away with emptying my bag outside in the grass, without the neighbors noticing. But, I realized I was too sore, I had trouble reaching that low, and it was too dang hot (100 degrees) to venture outside. But just the many thoughts of the experience you shared lightened my days.

8/16/10 CATHETER REMOVED. Along with being sore, my testicles felt like they were chapped – like I had a rash, and they still do, for over 3 weeks now. They had a blue tint to them, and I asked the doctor if they were radiated during the operatiion, and if that meant I was sterile. I followed that with, oh.

STILL SORE BETWEEN THE LEGS. During that week, I called the office in tears because my underwear was wet from urine after voiding. (I was wearing a paper towel in my underwear as a leak detector.)


After a week, soreness was down to the point where I could 'milk it' down to get the last drops out after urination. Everything was too sore to touch before, and there was this hard piece of something (the front edge of the sling) that prevented me from milking it down (just quickly running your finger along the urethra, from start of sling, to end. Performing that simple step once or twice, seems to take care of any post-drip.

WHAT AN OPERATION. I could barely walk; I couldn’t touch my toes, and my groin muscles (inside thigh) were stretched.

I called the doctor’s office and talked to the doctor’s nurse. I asked her:

Me: Was I put in stirrups?
Nurse: Possibly.
Me: Was I stretched like a Christmas turkey, wide enough to break the wishbone?
Nurse: Possibly.

Before calling, I realized there was no way for them to get to all the areas they needed to get to (3-areas of sutures) without stretching me into a split – OUCH! I was put in stirrups and stretched WIDE! (I’m glad I didn’t look for a video of this operation to watch prior to the surgery. I might not have gone through with it.)

POST OPERATION OBSERVATIONS
After the sling operation, I can still ‘PEE LIKE A RACE HORSE.’
CAUTION: Now, voiding is instantaneous. It doesn’t take a few seconds for the stream to start, for the urine to run down the length of the urethra. If you’re not aiming by the time you sit down or bare skin, plan on sticking around a few minutes to clean up the mess you just made.

And, if I ‘milk it’ to get the last drops of urine after voiding, I don’t drip.
Heavenly Father has answered prayers, in guiding the hands of the surgeon, and in helping me heal. It is one less thing I have to deal with.
I have a body full of pain from Adult’s Stills’ Disease. I have degeneration throughout the spine.
A surgeon told me my total hips were solid, but that the hip pain I had was from BURSITIS.
How cool is that? What a relief to know the hips weren’t loose. PT will help.

Hope you guys are doing okay. Sorry it took so long for an update.

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/3/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Dog,

Good to hear from you. I long ago learned the fine art of dumping a leg bag in the grass, or at rare times, in parking lots, looking like I am bending down to tie my shoes (even though I wear loafers, lol). I would never wear a bag on my thigh, always use the leg bag lower down, the bottom just above my ankle, with an extension tube from the Y in the catheter. The cap type are crap, you need the lever type, easier to handle.
And I prefer the leg bag straps that are elastic with little white buttons, they stay up better and can be more comfortable, the ones that are just velcro straps are always coming loose or slipping. Its sad how much I know about stuff like this.

david
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

Red Nighthawk
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if this is appropriate, but it's at least 'humor'. This is a joke I recently received:


A man goes to his doctor for his physical and gets sent to the Urologist as a precaution.
When he gets there, he discovers the Urologist is a very pretty female doctor.

The female doctor says, "I'm going to check your prostate today, but this new procedure is a little different from what you are probably used to. I want you to lie on your right side, bend your knees, then while I check your
Prostate, take a deep breath and say, '99' ".

The guy obeys and says,"99".

The doctor says, "Great". Now turn over on your left side and again,
While I repeat the check, take a deep breath and say, '99".

Again, the guy says, '99'."

The doctor said,"Very good. Now then, I want you to lie on your back
With your knees raised slightly. I'm going to check your prostate with
This hand, and with the other hand I'm going to hold on to your penis
To keep it out of the way. Now take a deep breath and say, '99'.

The guy begins, "One .. Two ...Three".

Mimi723
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 9/9/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys amaze me. Brave, funny, smart. I find myself lurking a lot just to see how you are doing. I learn something every time I visit.

Mimi
Husband, 62
Gleason 6, PSA was 6.6
RP Surgery was Aug. 16
No lymph node involvement; tiny bit of cancer on outer wall of prostate.
Heart bypass/carotid artery surgery in 2003
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