Minor vent, I suppose. It's a beautiful day out, low 50s and sunny. Made it to 2 PM before I had to take my first pain pill today. Tuesday's surgery have left me pretty sore, even two days later. It's definitely the second catheter causing all the extra pain, as it's a foley and its going right through the middle of my urethra and bladder neck, which is where the dr. did his work. According to him and the OR nurses, it was extremely enflamed to begin with, assumed to be post radiation damage. Guess that is making it sorer than it would normally be.
In theory, this 2nd cath might be able to be removed either Friday night or Saturday morning. My wife was given the syringe to do that by the doctor, and she has had plenty of experience in her normal work as a nurse. Will have to see how I am doing by then, if we are not sure, will have to see the Uro on Monday when he is local to me and get his opinion.
In any event, I am honestlly sick of the whole process, PC and all. Sorry to say it that bluntly. When you think back that I got my dx. in August of 2008, hard to believe I am still fooling around hurting like this, with two stupid catheters in place at the same time.
My spirits are down, but I am still hoping this time, it will work, and I can be free of the tubes once and for all. Then before you know it, will be soon time for my 2nd reading PSA post SRT. I need to see something good there.
Sorry for the mild vent. Sometimes hard to pass all these long hours alone at home. Only so much I can do to stay busy.
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, no problem post SRT
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 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time