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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 2/7/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

Again, this is a great site. Very thoughtful and supportive people. I was in the hospital only overnight and was booted out of the hospital unceremoniously. Seems like tough love, but perhaps it is better in the long run. Since I seem to be allergic to hospital linens, the next time I anticipate being in the hospital, I will need to ask for hypoallergenic sheets.

So, I am home after surgery. I've gotten past the initial catheter self-care, and just want to speak to the fact that they didn't explain the process to me too well in the hospital (as they seemed to be rushing me out), so that was strange..but I guess I am on track and everything is going well. Just to others in my position after having the laparoscopic surgery, what was your time-frame for recovery? i.e, getting past the pain related to the scarring, to the initial discomfort of that...? When coughing, for example...?

PS -- Just wanted to know how you were doing, keysailfisher (Neal). Did you get out? How is your recovery going?

Thanks again to all.

age 53
psa 4.15
TRUS w/needle biopsy 11/30/09.
2 of 12 core sites positive.
Highest Gleason score noted in one of the cores was 8.
Abdominal & Pelvic CT & Bone scan negative.
Davinci on Feb. 5th 2010.

Norm C.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 347
   Posted 2/7/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
 I got home yesterday about 5pm. Doing better today than yesterday. Just trying to get adjusted to the new way of things. Glad to here you are doing well.
age 45
psa 3.09
Biopsy results 12/9
Left side base 3+3=6 21% 2/2 cores positive
Left side mid  3+3=6 100% 2/2 cores positive
Left side apex 3+4=7 88% 2/2 cores positive
Right side - 0/6
CT & Bone scan negative
Davinci Feb. 5th 2010

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 2/7/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   

So glad to hear you are home safely from the hospital. Now the real recovery can begin! Please keep us posted as you continue to heal. Remember the basics: walk when you can ,but dont over do during this critcal time, take the stool softeners, drink plenty of H20, espcially while on the catheter.

Not surprised what you said, when I was in recovery recently for my latest corrective surgery, the recovery nurses said that I knew more about catheters then they were taught in nursing school. lol. They are always glad when we say we already know the cath routine, saves them from fumbling about explaining.

Please post some more when you feel better.

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

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 98
   Posted 2/7/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Good to hear you're back home and recovering. My cath care course in the hospital was pretty short, but backed up by some good written instructions from the nurse. If you can, google Foley catheter care and a bunch of guides will come up.

James C.
Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 2/7/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Norm, welcome home and to the other side. Glad to hear you are having a so-far 'normal' recovery
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 2/7/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Neal I think everyone heals a little differently and my was somewhat delayed. So I think you will have your own course of healing and hopefully it will be as qucik as many of the others on board here. Take it one day at a time and like David said walk as you can, eat well, stool sofenters and q-tips and ointment for the cath. Take meds for the pain as you need, as no need to suffer but remember that can clog you up. Keep us posted on your progress.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 2/7/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
The old saying "There's no place like home" (wizard of Oz ?) is never truer than after you've had your walnut ripped out.

I missed my own bed, my dog, and not being woken up by a floor scrubber, or a nurse pushing to get her vitals done before she goes home.

Congrats all of you fresh graduates. We may have to hold a group induction ceremony into the Zero Club.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01

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