Bronson, my friend, that's good advice for any of our newer brothers/sisters here. The devil is always in the detail. My dr. and I have a great relationship actually. I always hand the receptionist a typed note from me, and say, give this to Dr. Smith before I get called back.. On it, I bring him up to day in summary form of what has happened/not happened from my prior visit. I also make an opinion of where I think I stand, and what my expectations are. When he comes into the room, it stops me from getting tongue tied or stuttering or completely forgetting what I wanted to discuss or go over. People seem to forget, dr's aren't mind readers, the more a patient can communicate to the doctor, the easier it makes for the dr. to help you.
When discussing a major treatment or op, I always have a notebook going, and if its convenient or major enough to need my wife, she is my back up set of ears/eyes, and as a nurse, she understand the jargon that I don't always understand.
Can I assume your father is still with you?
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29