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Jerry L.
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   Posted 11/30/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I felt that only my wife and you guys would appreciate this:
It's starting to get cold in PA these days.  As such, the other day I went to the closet and put on my winter coat.  I then thought that to be completely toasty in the elements that I needed to put gloves on as well.  I looked up into the shelf in the closet and didn't see them.  I then felt outside the pocket of my coat and figured that's where they were.  As I reached into the pocket and pulled out its contents, I laughed outloud because instead of gloves, it was a few pads (I used to store extra in key places just in case). 
My incontinence road was very long and it took me a good 6 months to not need anything.  I am so thankful that I don't need anything in that regard these days.
I found my gloves, but now I am wondering where I hid the other ones.

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   Posted 11/30/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got my little hiding places for them too, so I can relate.

You can send me those leftover pads if you're done with them. I'm still dribblin' like a Harlem Globetrotter.
Age 55
PSA: 8/09 2.69 -- 7/10 4.00 -- 8/10 4.11
Biopsy 8/10
Three of 14 cores positive: 10%, 60% & 80%
Stage T1C; Gleason 6
open radical prostatectomy at Cleveland Clinic 11/2/10
Post-surgical pathology: Gleason score 7 (3+4)
Three positive margins; Stage T2c(+)

Tim G
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   Posted 11/30/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for a great story!  Better check the glove box in your car. All the best!

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   Posted 11/30/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Havent needed a pad in 23 months, but I found one the other day in my glove compartment under a pile of papers and maps. I did toss it in the trash. Not sure if I have any more hidden away from the short time I used them. Still have a pile of Depends Guards and Pull Ups I wish I had an easy way to give to someone that needs them. If any of my Upstate SC PC gang needs them, let me know, and I will hook you up for free, just email me.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 11/30/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I still have a bunch of night diapers that I didn't need after surgery and a lot of various size and thickness pads in the bathroom. I haven't thrown them away in case I have to have RT and may become incontinent again. I sure hope I don't have to travel that road again.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005

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   Posted 11/30/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been told that nursing homes would be more than happy to have the pants / pads as donations. I made a few packs of samples for a local group to give to pending surgery patients when I though I was almost done with them.
A local family assistance program in my area accepts them to give to elderly folks (like us smhair   ) who are having a bad financial time of it. Just be sure the size is on the bag.
I had hoped by now that I wouldn't be using them anymore - but the prospects of reducing that expense are dim.
I asked the assistance folks about my extra surgical stuff - they said there is no end to the kinds of requests they get but can't fill (the real answer was "bring it on by"). 
The other day on a trip I was scrounging in the car for a pad, hoping I had a spare somewhere -

English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 12/1/2010 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got about six assorted jackets and coats. I just did a check and found a pad in the pocket of every one of them, even though I've been dry for months.
However it is frosty here now: minus 6 (Celsius) today with the wind blowing at Force 5 (which makes for a windchill of about -14C) I had to wear a "just-in-case" pad to go to a meeting on Monday and found that popping a pad in down below helps more than I'd imagined. The cold makes the urgency and frequency worse. It also makes things ache. It also makes things shrivel up even more than they were so that it is even harder to find the darned thing when I need to pee. And if I get a little dribble then I don't get a horrid icy feeling in my underpants.

(Minus 6 Celsius is about 22 F)

Glad to hear that there are people interesting in having unused stuff. After my mum died the family were glad to be able to give away to nursing homes etc lots of the extra equipment etc she had needed during her illness. (Stuff of my Dad's that was still around in the house was, however, so old that most of it actually went to a medical museum in London)
I knew the cost of pads could sure mount up over time, so I was amazed that my pads were supplied "for free" via a company that has a deal with the urology department at the hospital and the insurance company - and they also have a very simple arrangement for you to be able to return unopened packets of pads back to their central depot.

Like Ed I had hung on to my pads to make sure I could get through RT okay, but I guess I can return the unopened packs now.

Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+3
29 Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
17 Nov 09 PSA 0.1
17 Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr 10 CT
28 Apr 10 start RT 66Gy
11 Jun 10 end RT
BMs weird
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
Erections OK
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