With my wife being a nurse, working a set shift, with a lot of responsibilities, there was no reason for her to have her work day disrupted for 8 weeks. I made new friends at the clinic, the various patients waiting, some I shared stories about
here, and had a chance or two to educate a few people about
PC while waiting around. If I was so ill that I needed someone to take me, I had two sons on the ready, that would have dropped what they were doing to take me there and home again.
My wife did come on #39 of #39, because she had a day off, and just wanted to see the place that tied me up for 2 months. I took her, and she was impressed with both the hardware and the caliber of care with the staff.
There's no right or wrong on this subject. And I don't buy the "tough guy" act, and "men want to do it alone" bit ,as that's just generalizing. We are all different, and all react to things differently. I tend to be honest,
open, and transparent with my feelings, whether they are good or bad. If I hurt, I hurt, not going to pretend different. If I need help, I will ask for it politely.
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
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 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time