Nighttime Frequency, Urgency - the Jerry Pot Solution

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   Posted 2/20/2010 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Not for the squeamish, I guess.

Living in an older home, without an ensuite, we approached the nighttime frequency, urgency with an old-fashioned concept - the jerry pot or chamber pot. Actually, it was the stainless steel pail originally purchased to carry the catheter bag around (taller sides and more stable than a ceramic pot or plastic urinal). Placed it on a folded towel close to the bed, out of foot range. Minimal time out of bed, better rest - at least for my husband. Easy to empty and sterilize.

After three weeks, his freuency has decreased, so tonight is his first without jerry by his side (apologies to all Jerry's out here.)

Best regards,

Brief History (Husband)

Age - 60

4th of 5 brothers. Brother 3 died at 65 of PCa, brother 2 is five-year survivor of PCa, (brother 1 died at 61 of heart attack). So far brother 5 is okay.

PSA - October 2009 - 6.4
Biopsy - November 17, 2009 - Gleason 4+3=7 DRE Normal Stage T1C
open RP - January 14, 2010
Catheter removed Feb. 1, 2010 - Minimal incontinence
Oral pathology report - contained in prostate, no EPE, no seminal vesicle involvement, no positive margins N0MX Gleason 7 "No further treatment necessary", says surgeon. Time will tell.
First post-op PSA - early March

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   Posted 2/21/2010 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Aprilsunny (AS is confusing me!)

Squeamish no never not me

I don't have an ensuite, but the family bathroom is right by our bedroom and the distance from my bed to WC is less than it is in most hotel rooms with an ensuite.

I have had to get up for a pee every night almost my entire life (someone once described it as having a small tank) so the problems caused by RP are not new, but I still prefer to get up to pee than use a bottle etc. I have to think too much to use a bottle, if I pee in the bathroom sitting down, then I can do it on autopilot, having to think too much would wake me up.

My dad always used a bottle after his heart attack but he would have had to either go upstairs or downstairs from his bedroom to the nearest WC. He was fine, and it was a proper bottle from a hospital. (But a pail is easier to keep clean - makes a hell of a noise though surely!)

Light waking you up is another problem if you get up at night.
So I also have a low wattage lightbulb on all the time on the landing; it's a left over from when our kids were little. There is a pane of glass above all our bedroom doors and above the bathroom door so this one 5watt bulb is capable of providing just enough light to see your way about without having to turn on any bright lights, bright lights really do wake you up. (I use a small flashlight when I'm not at home)

But the ideal, my ideal, is not to need to go at all at night of course.


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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 2/21/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
not squeamish just practical. when we have the grandbaby over, to keep from waking her up , i sleep upstairs. i get up several times during the night to use the toilet. when im upstairs there is no toilet to use so i bring a milk jug to relieve myself. im back im bed so fast i hardly miss a wink. i find this a very amusing topic. forget sanitizing just throw it away. neil
50 years
da vinci on 9/28/09
gleeson 3+3
psa before surgery 5.1 oct/09 psa 0.06
cather out on oct 5, back in on oct 5
two more trys for cather out, still in .
cather out nov. 13/09
cystocope nov.13/09 , cather back in , out again on nov 15/o9, was taught to self cath, still pluged with scar tissue but no cather. have to self cath 6 to 8 times a day. scar tissue removed on jan. 11 2010. no cathing and totally dry. 

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 2/21/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
neil, just don't get thirsty for a swig of milk in the middel of the night, might not quite taste right. lol. good solution though.
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, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days

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