Hard to believe, but it really is the 100th straight day on this blasted catheter. Actually, it's the 3rd one, as each was replaced for sanitary reasons after 30-35 days, but immediately replaced with a fresh one. This one has been in since early December.
Was it worth it? For the prime reason I agreed to have it installed, yes. My bladder neck was already shutting down less than a month after I had the laser corrective surgery, and this was before I started radiation. The radiation oncologist was concerned that the swelling that is naturally a part of RT would just make it worse. I am convinced she was right.
It did cause problems during the SRT, as I documented at the time, but, my greatest fear was having a total blockage in the middle of the whole ordeal. Its been about 6 weeks or more since my SRT ended, and it amazes me how much pain I still have in the rectal and penile areas, even though the IMRT was purposely target away from those areas.
I meet with my uro/surgeon Monday afternoon. My wife is going with me in case any procedures are tried. I am still on the strong antibiotics fighting my 3rd UTI since the SP was installed. Never had one before. The uro said the SP attracts them more than the Foley caths, because the SP sits up high in the bladder, and the foley's sit low by the bladder neck. Not sure why that would make any diff, but I am not the doctor.
I know at the least, he will want to change out this cath for a new one, but if I am still have infection, not going to happen. Don't want a repeat of that horrible episode in early December. We will have to discuss when/how I can get this safely removed and get me cath free. If it means another day surgery, then so be it.
Its amazing what you can adapt to when you have to, I don't like this, hate all the pain and spasms, think I have become immune to ditropan, lol. Might as well being a sugar pill. Still can't take aspirin or Advil type products, as they cause a lot of bleeding for me, so it leaves me with using tylenol, which does nothing, or loratabs, which I only use when the pain has me on the edge.
Hope a good solution is found Monday when I meet.
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
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place