“You should drink more”
This was the advice that my dentist gave me this morning at my regular check-up (no cavities) I was starting to think about
picking up a 5th of tequila on the way back to the office but the doctor went on. “Your tongue and gums show slight signs of dehydration so you need to drink more water.” He said that this was especially important as one gets older.
I got to thinking about
it and I realized that in the fight against incontinence I had become more careful about
my water intake. I used to always fill a bottle at the water cooler and keep it on my desk, but have dropped that habit. I also think twice about
having some water (or otherwise) before a meeting. So it may be that for overall health reasons we should not always make getting down to the lowest number of pads per day our highest priority. It may be healthier to leak a bit more.
This is not my favorite conclusion, but I offer it for your consideration.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.
Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day
Post Edited (geezer99) : 1/7/2010 3:32:46 PM (GMT-7)