Follow up question...anyone wear Prevail?

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LuvMyDAD
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 316
   Posted 12/25/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay my dad is interested in pads instead of briefs for incontinence. Does anyone know what are the best type of pads? I was going to order a huge supply of Prevail but just wanted to run by you guys to see what you think.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
LuvMyDAD

Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3741
   Posted 12/25/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Luv,
I'd recommend trying a couple of sizes before you buy a huge quantity. Also understand what his needs are. I actually weighed my pads so I could estimate how full they were an how close to disaster I was pushing them. I found that I was almost continent at night so I bought smaller pads for night time use. They were less expensive and take up less space in my undies. I buy 52 at a time. - a 2-3 week supply. That way I have the belief that I won't buy too many in case miraculously I suddenly get continent.
As an aside remember to leave the seat up for him after you are done. The mere act of bending over to lift the seat is enough to open the flood gates.
He's been putting the seat down for you for all these years. Now it is your turn to return the favor. Jeff
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
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.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next?
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 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day Experimenting with Nyquil for 10 days: Can sleep through the night but withdrawal is bad. Stopped 12/20.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.


TeddyG
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 12/25/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Dad lover,
Don't go out and buy a ton of stuff. I believe that you will find if his experience is like many, that at first a larger pad (like those women wear on heavy days) cut in half, cross-sectionally and worn in brief style underwear will do just fine. Then, as he recovers, the light day pads will suffice, again, cut in half. He can carry the pads in his pocket, brief case, coat pocket, etc for when he feels the need to change. It is much easier and less obtrusive to use pads than Depends, he will see very quickly.
So bottom line, brief underwear and pads.
Best wishes,
Ted
 
Background:
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
Stats:
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
        Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume  (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9,  University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....
 


jerseycity
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 123
   Posted 12/26/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
you'll probably start with the longer and heavier one. I've been using the extra for quite awhile. I don't know if the cut in half method works. This enables liquid to leak out of cut end?
I also use an old school jock strap to keep all things lined up inside of jockey briefs. Prevents wetness if you stray to either side. If you buy a certain amount you get free shipping. I had hoped to be done with this by now but I'm ready to place another order.
 3-17- 8 went to Bruce Springsteen concert , great time
3-18-8 routine exam
3-19 doctor called said psa was elevated
what's a psa?
referred to Uro, had several more blood tests.
PSA steady at 4.75
biopsy  June 08 , 12 cores, 4 on left confirmed , right clear
gleason 3 + 3 T1c
research time.
decieded on open RP, Head of Uro  is my Doctor
Surgery done 10-1-8 by Dr See at Frodoret Hospital in Milwaukee
Cathater out 10-13 no problems
Post op,  organ confined, gleason up to 4 + 3, all clear margins
T2c 20% volume, very good outcome I feel
Incontinent and ED.  Time will tell, was told all nerves  saved.
back to work 11-5-8.
 3,6,9 month psa <0.04 one year <0.04
still use 1 pad per day
 
Walked thru the darkness on the edge of town.


Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3741
   Posted 12/26/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Jersey,
I have done a lot of testing. Sadly. The cut-in-half works fine as long as you leave the cut side up. The pad will start to change color along the cut side when it gets near full, so it is easy to check pad status without having to take your pants off. Since I don't have an overhanging pot belly, I can do a check discretely at a urinal by pulling out my underwear and looking down the top side of the cut pad. If it is yellow, it's time to switch. If it is white, I am good for another 30 minutes before the next check. Why waste the 8 cents?
Remember, I am wearing a cut pad inside of a full Guard pad. Sometimes I overflood the cut pad but I'm still better off than just using the guard. I can rip out the cut one and drop it into the trash without anoyone knowing.
Also, it makes a lot less noise than ripping out a guard pad. That sounds exactly like removing the velcro/cordura attachments on my holster. I would hate to be blown in by someone who overheard the sound in a public restroom and called the police. "Honest Officer, the only 10 mm unit you will find on me is in my underwear - and it hasn't fired a shot since my surgery."
Jeff
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
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.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next?
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 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day Experimenting with Nyquil for 10 days: Can sleep through the night but withdrawal is bad. Stopped 12/20.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.

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