Well, Cheryl and I booked a trip to Vegas last week. We will head out on 5/24 and return on 6/2. I have been a strong tournament poker player and I hope to do a bit of that, probably while Cheryl does some shopping. That's always mixed emotions. The longer I'm playing, the more I'm winning -- but that means she gets to shop longer too. It's kind of a wash!
We hope to visit our daughter in California for part of that time (we never know -- she is in the film business and could be on location anywhere at any time).
I'll also be in KC 6/9-6/17 working (grading AP Calculus tests).
When I come back it will be time for my next PSA test--crapola!
Meanwhile, fighting a fever all day (it appears to be breaking a bit, which is great since fevers often go up at night). This is a humdinger sinus infection!
Mel (I actually used to be healthy!)
63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3 was about 75 (way above the 35 threshold). That led to:
Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.
Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear. Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No. Extraprostatic Extension: yes. Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. (Second opinion from Jon Epstein at Hopkins confirmed these results)
Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights. Update: no pads at night. No pads while at home, but still very uncomfortable. Use 1 pad for out-of-house activities. Suddenly got MUCH better on 3/10/10, almost overnight. Still some urgency but no pads about 90% of the time. As of 3/12/10--completely continent! Uh...OH. As of about 3/16/10 problems with constant urgency although no pads needed--feels like an infection but none showing in urine.
First post-op PSA on 3/10/10--DRUM ROLL: 0.01 Next PSA in mid-June.