Have you guys missed me?? It's been a ROUGH 10 days..Having enjoyed a speedy and uneventful recovery from robotic surgery, I was about
ready to start "adjunct treatment" (my six week post-surgery PSA came back 0.9, ouch). I got up in the morning feeling a little queasy and by 10am I was nauseous, vomiting and running a fever...This on a Friday, the worst possible time to get sick..By Saturday morning, unable to eat or drink, fever at 102. Off to an "Urgent Care" center, the only other choice being a hospital ER.. They diagnosed "a stomach bug", started an IV, infused 2 liters saline and something for the nausea and fever. I felt considerably better. Made it through Sunday, was able to drink water in small sips but not eat, stayed in bed. Monday, saw my Family Physician who put me on antibiotics and told me to return Wednesday morning if I didn't feel better.. Fever and nausea continue, bedridden, Wednesday, Family doc advises I see my surgeon RIGHT NOW or head for the E.R. Off to my urology treatment center, drink a liter of contrast dye (I don't know how I got that down) CAT scan, fluid-filled lymphocyte found in lower-right abdomen, sent directly to hospital where I was admitted and a "interventional radiologist", guided by a CAT scanner, placed a drain tube through abdominal wall..Massive amount of nasty fluid removed. I felt instantly better.. Back up to room, heavy IV antibiotics started, fever continues..Tests come back, STAPH infection found in both blood and drained fluid (lymph) samples..Next 24 hours pretty rough, fever, sweats, vomiting (dry heaves)
Luck changes, infection is NOT antibiotic resistant, is "matched" with the most effective antibiotic and 24 hours later I was out of the woods, fever broken, able to eat for the first time in 9 days.. I'm home now, and will be on home administered IV antibiotics for the next 3 or 4 weeks, while I monitor and service the abdominal drain which must be watched carefully because it likes to clog up, a potential disaster..
Unanswered question...How does a staph infection flare up 5 weeks after the surgery? Yes, several lymph nodes were removed from the area where the fluid-filled pocket had formed and become infected...Anyway, good to be home..
I was disheartened to see that David had suffered another setback on his journey...
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
age 61: 5.2
age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
age 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
age 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
age 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
age 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP performed Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg
Post Edited (Fairwind) : 10/20/2010 5:16:33 PM (GMT-6)