Bedelia, so glad your husband is safely on the other side, the recovery side. Should go uphill from here.
Sounds like you been a real sweetheart to your husband patient so far.
I was in the hospital for 4 days, and no, they never leave you alone for a minute to get any rest.
My wife is a nurse, and she had fun with one of our guestbedrooms setup like a little hospital room when I got home. Spent a week in there on and off.
If you need any help on the catheter side, I am the undisputed king of caths. The big bags generally hold the equiv of 2 liter, I can fill one at night, but never had one overfill. I empty for the last time around midnight, and there may be 1700-1800 cc by morning on a heavy night, depends how much water.
The leg bags very so much, from 300/400 cc which isn't much, to the kind I am wearing now which can hold 700cc. You need to keep an eye on the leg bags, and you dont want to lie down and go to sleep with one, as it may cause back flow into the bladder. THe moment the urine leaves the bladder, it is no longer sterile like it is inside the bladder.
I hope you both do well.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path 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