OK-- just had surgery.
I've been turning off the SP Cath for 2 days now.
I've joined the world of incontinence, pads, etc.
So far, it's no fun but not nearly as bad as I feared.
What I am finding is a greatly increased sense of urgency. I get uncomfortable after 90 minutes and generally have to go after 2 hours. I generally pee 125-150 cc. with no residual urine (we have to turn the cath back on for 5 minutes after each urination to measure any residual urine).
I guess this isn't bad. I do leak, but I suspect it will be 1 pad per day (too soon to tell just yet). I leak a few drops going from sitting to standing, coughing, sneezing, etc. especially during that uncomfortable time.
My question: is this pretty good for starters? Can I assume this might well be the worst it will be?
A more important question:
Suggestions for that urgent feeling? Should I try and delay going even more (ie: train my bladder) or would that possibly do some damage, especially since surgery was a week ago?
I'm sure I'll be asking my doctor these questions, but I welcome your input.
Mel (cooling time until tomorrow's catheter removal and path. report -- nervous!!)
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.
History of BPH/prostatitis. PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....): Biopsy on 11/30/09. Result of biopsy:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C
REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)
Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Awaiting pathology report, set for 2/2/10.