I have been activated for over a year. Here are my answers:
I squeeze the bulb one time for a few seconds. It takes about
30 seconds for the AUS to cycle closed. If my bladder still feels full, I'll squeeze again. For some reason, squeezing the bulb until it's flat and waiting until I am sure that the urethra has been shut back down doesn't appeal to me and seems to take forever, even though it's only a couple of minutes.
I still use two hands. I find it difficult to one-hand it, although I try from time to time.
Depending on what I am wearing and where I am "going" and how full my bladder feels, I will sit or stand.
I still wear a thin pad to catch my dribbles when I sneeze or cough real hard.
Diagnosed @ age 46 - September 1997
PSA 5 / Gleason 3+3
Seed Implant - January 1998 @ Trident Hospital, SC
PSA 2.4 - July 2007
PSA 2.7 - July 2008
PSA 3.0 - November 2008
Diagnosed @ age 57 - December 2007
Salvage Prostatectomy & Colostomy - March 2008 @ MSKCC, NY
Suprapubic cathether installed - July 2008 @ Cleveland Clinic, OH
Urethral-Rectal Fistula Repair - August 2008 @ Cleveland Clinic, OH
PSA < .03 - Aug 2008
Penile catheter removed October 2008
Suprapubic catheter removed December 2008
Colostomy Reversal - January 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
Urethral stricture removed - January 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
(Total incontinence - 4 diapers & 6 - 8 pads per 24 hour period)
PSA < .03 - Jan 2009
AUS implant - May 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
PSA < .03 - May 2009
AUS activated - July 2009
(Wearing a light pad daily.)
PSA < .03 - July 2009
Penile Implant - December 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
PSA < .03 - December 2009
Penile Implant activated - February 2010
PSA < .01 - April 2010