Hi Ger ~ I just had to come by and see if you had your date yet, and I see you do. Finally... I know how difficult it was for the postponement. Remember about the suggestion of getting a smaller soft pillow in case you cough? It really does work! Well, that same pillow prevented our two year-old Granddaughter from climbing on Ron's lap. So, I am wondering if that would help with your dogs?
Pipedream, I bought the pillow for at Kohl's; 50% off - paid $8.99. I put a smaller pillow case on it, and Ron still uses it. Ger, maybe your wife can get the pillow and start preparing the dogs not to jump on you with the pillow? Just an idea. I am happy to hear that your son will be able to help you.
It's been six weeks since the surgery, and Ron has been dry at night for 3 weeks. He choose to wear the Depends rather than pads. Now, he's down to one a day, sometimes two. For him, this part has been a little slower than some of the other guys. No one can guarantee when this will be back to normal. One thing, Ron didn't do the Kegels and I think that may be why he's a bit delayed. Now, he does them regularly. Your ramblings are fine, Ger. That's what this thread is for.
Pipedream, I am trying to comment to Ger, but there may be advice that you may find helpful. I am sorry you have to go through this journey, and it is one both you and Tim share.
It was recommended here that we purchase the Depends adjustable. You should have seen us at Walmarts looking at 6 different ones. We got the right ones. It was very hot during Ron's recovery, so I bought some pajamas that are knee length. Also, I bought knee length (basketball style) shorts in a bigger size. That worked out real well. He wore them to and from the hospital.
Sephie has provided good advice! If it is cooler than sweat pants would work. Oh, Ron's surgery was at 10:30 AM; I finally saw him at 5:30 PM. His surgery was less than three hours. No staples, just a heavy glue-like material.
Oh, I can't forget the most important suggestion I found here! Buy an oval bucket 12 quart size. This was so helpful to Ron. Now, in his case, he decided to use the overnight bag (the bigger one) rather than changing back and forth. So, he laid the catheter bag in the bucket. Also, he used it when he began his walks in our yard, side yard, and drive-way. Can you just picture this? He had the cath for 13 days.
There was so much good advice that I printed everything up for Ron to read. We got the items we needed ahead of time, except the Depends. I hope there is something here that will be helpful.
Husband Ron, age 63
4/1/10 PSA 5.5 Prostate size = 50 cc.
Biopsy on 4/20/10 12 samples... Adenocarcinoma: 3 positive on right side, one core left base (5% ` 0.5 mm) - two cores of left lateral mid
(20% ~ 2mm, 10%, 10% ~ 1mm) - No Perineural Invasion
Gleason 6 (3+3)
Bone Scan/CT Negative (2 lesions on liver)
8/18/10 - Da Vinci Prostatectomy
Post Op: Gleason 7 (3+4)
Negative surgical margins and lymph nodes
Both nerve bundles spared
Catheter - 13 days