Welcome to the other side, Jonathan! So, you did go with the epidural? I am happy to hear it worked out so well. My husband chose to have the night bag the entire 13 days he had the catheter, and the bucket was so helpful.
As one of those loving wives, I must share what was a scary part once the surgery was done. Ron wanted to take a shower the day he came home from the hospital. I was there to help him wash up, and I was so afraid he was going to fall as I held him up. He was still a bit groggy. Luckily, all turned out well.
Jonathan, you will have such a sense of freedom the day the catheter is taken out. So, you have that to look forward to. I wish you you a speedy recovery and an extra hug for your wife.
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
ED / Day time incontinence.
Post Surgery PSA 8 weeks - .01