I was about to ask the same question. Never been in a hospital either so plenty scared. Trouble sleeping all thru the night likely caused by the Lupron and now associated hot flashes that wake me every 30 minutes or so.
Pre-op is for the 12th. followed by open surgery on the 20th, with the doctor I wanted and trust but there are still many worries. The hospital is a bit of over an hour away and yesterday the highway to there was closed because of snow, so if my schedule had been for yesterday, neither myself or the doc might not have made it and then what ? We may have a reasonable health system here but wait times are longer than they should be and a new appointment could take additional months.
As for postponing or canceling, I think not since the doctor indicated that my current numbers indicate aggressive cancer, best treated by open surgery NOW.
Although I have done a fair bit of reading and resourcing ( and I love this board and the folks on it) I have to respect the advice from the experts.
Oddly, although I'm scared to death of any hospital, it's the catheder and it's sideshow that I think about most.
Lets keep in touch.
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Calcium: 2.46 (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. (not ordered
by first urologist)
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Open surgery scheduled for Jan. 22 by Dr. J. Chen
at London (Ontario) Health Sciences Centre.
NOPE, that just changed to January 20th. (2 days earlier) and the venue for entertainment gets moved to the University Hospital.
Need to get this over with ASAP so next season
I can continue with motorcycling, sailing and enjoying life, TOGETHER with my wife, Debbie.