Well, I just got back from my 9th radiation treatment. One more to go and I will knock that one off on Monday. Everything with the rad is going along nicely except for the Love/Hate relationship I have developed with the technicians.
They love the do-nuts I bring in and cuss me out at the same time because they lack will-power and believe they are putting on pounds. Maybe it's some deep seeded need I have to cause them suffering as well. I think not, but who knows.
So wasn't the T level an unexpected surprise. But then again I guess nothing should surprise me in the realm of dealing with PCa.
Many of you commented on the possibility of depression. I have had some experience with it over the course of my life and in fact, am currently on medication for the possibility of chemical imbalance issues. My PCP just changed my meds about
3 months ago. So if I am depressed it is not on any conscious level that we can determine, but rather on a cellular/chemical level that we are trying to find the right fix for. It is true that the symptoms of depression and low T almost mirror each other, so who knows what the heck is going on. I mean we definitely ruled out low T as the cause.
Sheldon, I am fearful for you that it may be as simple that I have to start eating differently and become a "Gym Rat" like our brother Jeff "Corvetteman". The energizer bunny has nothing on that guy. I have met him in person and know this for a fact.
The reason I am fearful for you about
this is that if it turns out that healthy eating and exercise cure the ills, your wife is going to be more adamant about
Mel, thanks for the input. In my case thought the duck is not quacking, but rather leaving things all around me and they aren't the "golden eggs".
David, thanks for the link, good information. Don't know about
the Stud Muffin title though. I feel a little more like the minister some years ago that revealed that he "lusted in his heart". I have the lusting part down, then the mind kicks in and tells me "so what, there ain't a darn thing you can do about
it". Time will tell on that part of the recovery though.
Arnie and Swimom, yep, ruled out the low T and yes I am providing my PCP with job security. It's cool though. As I said in another post earlier, I have reached my total out of pocket max for the year and anything I do for the remainder of 2010 doesn't cost me a penny. So I'll sign up for any of the tests they want to put me through and hope in the end they find something definitive.
RCS, thanks for the kind words. Lynn and I are truly trying to enjoy life and relish in the day. I mean you can't really just sit down and quit can you.
Michael, you know our time line is almost identical. 61 years old, my surgery in Sept 09 and IMRT in Dec 09/Jan 10. I am not sure I agree with the part about
giving it 6-12 more months before dealing with it though. So maybe I will discover something in my travels that may be of help to you. Man that would be cool. It would give me the opportunity to give back here at HW, and that is something I really want to do after all of the help and support I have received.
Jeff, okay I'll sign up for the exercise part of the program. But there is no way on this earth that I am signing up for that torture thing you go through called "Spin Class". Count me out on that one brother. You gotta have a mean streak to go through that one. I have seen it on TV and it wears me out just to watch.
Thank you all, my friends, for your continued support,
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun
4/19/10 YAHOO PSA dropped to 1.2 Moving in the right direction.
5/7/10 PSA test 1.3 Sodium Fluoride PET Scan & CT SCAN -performed
5/20/10 PSA test 1.2 Holding off on future tests for 3 months- single lytic lesion found and scheduling radiation.
7/22/10 PSA test 1.3 - Begin radiation for MET on leg
Post Edited (Sonny3) : 8/6/2010 7:46:05 AM (GMT-6)