Neal, glad you are safely back home, be easier for your recovery being in familiar turf.
My wife took a full week off after my surgery. She set up one of our spare bedrooms just like it was a little hospital room. Should add, that she is a nurse by trade. My open surgery was rough, was in the hospital 4 days, and for the first week at home, spent more time in bed than being up. I had lots of pain issues and had very little endurance when I was up. We are all different there.
I needed the extra care, and will always appreciate the care my wife gave during my roughest period. My 3 adult age children made sure that some or all of them checked in with me every day during the day when my wife went back to work. And if I needed anything, one of them would jump for the chance to help.
Its good for a recovering patient to do for themselves when they are able, but its also good to let your caregivers help you along the recovery path. Both are good, both are right.
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 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time