Thanks for all the messages of support.
As I planned by journeys around the train times I was out of the house for almost exactly four hours every day even though the sessions were all at different times (five hours on days when i had to see the doc) I reckoned that the RT phenomenon used up more than four hours of each day as you just can't settle down to do anything much before or after, so I's say that timewise RT used up in total about
200 hours or 8 days of my life.
Yeah the view from the train wasn't too bad. It's mainly towns and industrial zones, but there is a fair bit of farm land and bulb fields too. I started with tulips and Hyacinths in April and ended up with hay-making, plus fields of sheep and cows.
Also saw plenty of wild life: storks, herons, hawks, buzzards, swans, ducks, geese, hares, rabbits (even saw rabbits nibbling away outside the hospital entrance).
Never really got to have much of a conversation with any fellow passengers on the trains as most people on the line get on and off at the intermediate stations (Leiden and Schiphol airport)
Not much summer here this weekend, rain and 14/15 forecast. So no barbecues. And a word of caution about
anyone having barbecues: I bought a fancy apron in France last year before surgery, but if wearing an apron it takes 30 seconds longer to get things out to have a pee. 30 seconds used to be insignificant, now it makes all the difference between wet and dry.
Oh the rains stopped and sun's out so must get out for a walk and to buy some groceries (but no wc at my store)
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking of urine
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc. but...
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Can still get erections okay, and almost no leaking of urine, but since December 2009 I don't have orgasms, instead I just have intense pain in place where prostate used to be.
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist
April 13th 2010 CT scan.
April 28th 2010 Started Radiation Therapy (66Gy - 33 sessions)
June 11th 2010 finished RT - main side effect tiredness, but also the occasional small leak
Post Edited (English Alf) : 6/19/2010 1:45:41 AM (GMT-6)