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compiler
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   Posted 12/28/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
about 12 years ago I was quite ill. I got pneumonia and then complications (adult-onset mono) and was out of work for 7 weeks and felt lousy for 2 months after that.
 
Well... right now they are calling it bronchitis but it feels like the pneumonia. I am weak and I have a hacking painful cough. This started with a sore throat Thursday night and quickly deteriorated. I just started on zithromax today and I hope that does something for this mess.
 
Our daughter was in from California and my son and his family (wife, 2 kids, 1 dog) were here over the weekend. I pretty much isolated myself as I didn't want anyone else to catch this crud. So, not a very good time.
 
To make matters worse, I have a PSA test looming, probably Friday. I am in no condition to pursue treatment if it is needed. Hopefully, things will improve, but they sure are not at this time.
 
Just venting...
 
Mel
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06

Highwayman
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   Posted 12/28/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel,
hope you get over the creeping crud that is going around. I had a bug for a week and just got over it on Christmas eve. Best of luck with that test. You are right, can't do anything about it so don't worrry if you can help it. Glad you got to see the kids. Get better buddy.
Mike

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   Posted 12/28/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel,

I was down all last week with a similar ailment. Feeling better today. Hopefully you will too. Best wishes for you upcoming PSA.
Age 61, Diagnosed July 2010
PSA 04/09 - 2.5; 05/10 - 3.7; 07/10 - 4.7
DRE and Ultrasound - Negative
Size at biopsy - 32 grams
T1C, 3+3=6, 1 core of 12 60% positive
da Vinci nerve sparing RP 10/29/10
Post op biopsy indicated bilateral Gleason 6 tumors
Continent 90% and hopeful
Minor ED - 85% naturally, 95% with Cialis
6 week PSA - "undetectable"

Fairwind
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   Posted 12/28/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
The latest "Cold & Flu" bugs seem to be much nastier that they used to be..It can take 6 weeks to get over it completely..My daughter, a healthy 40 year old woman was laid low for a month by it..Nobody seems to know exactly what it is...But it's not good...

clocknut
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   Posted 12/28/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, if it's bacterial, the zithro shoud kick its butt.  If it's viral, it will just have to run its course.  Sounds like you're doing all the right things.  I hate and dread that kind of bug.
 
My wife is a nurse, and one of her favorite sayings is "If it's a cold and you don't treat it, it will go away in 10-14 days.  If you treat it, it should be gone in a week and a half to two weeks." :)
 
Here's hoping yours takes nowhere near that long.

Herophilus
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   Posted 12/28/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Mel

I’m sure that you advised your health care provider that you had been out of the country on the boat ride….Probably doesn’t make a big difference but in one or two scenarios I could see where specific lab testing and a different philosophy on  antimicrobial selection could come into play.

Sorry your down...

Hero


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   Posted 12/28/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you feel better soon, Mel, your current crud should not be boxed up in your mind with your next PSA test. I have made my own non-scientific, non-medical estimate of your next number. I will keep it to myself as not to jinx you. BTW, did you take a flu shot this year?

David in SC
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

Worried Guy
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   Posted 12/28/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Legal disclaimers ---I am not a doctor. Your mileage may vary. Past performance does not guarantee future fund performance.

Here's how I treat a cold. I figure nutrition and sleep are important. Nutrition I can control. Sleeping is the problem. Dry mouth keeps me awake. So...

Three hours before bed I take a generic Mucinex for head and chest congestion. At one hour before bed I take a generic benadryl with a couple of crackers and water. I take a shower without the exhaust fan on and while in the steamy room I take ONE shot in ONE nostril of the generic medicated Afrin. - the kind that is addictive.
I shave, comb my hair, take care if other ablutions, use VED, floss, change and go to bed with a Scientific American.
By the time I hit the pillow, the one nostril is clear and I can sleep like a baby.
The Mucinex reduces the nasal spray rebound effect and I alternate nostrils on alternate days so I don't wear out the lining.
Total cost - about 15 cents. Priceless.

Jeff

Post Edited (Worried Guy) : 12/28/2010 1:57:54 PM (GMT-7)


dogbot
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   Posted 12/28/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems that everywhere you go people are coming down with these infections. My neice who is 16 years old and a typical fiery teenager has been laid low for over a week and was in bed over xmas.
The swine flu virus seems to be erupting over here in England and I can only assume it will rear it`s ugly head in most countries in the grip of winter.
I think a normal healthy adult will combat the bugs, but if you have underlying conditions it may take a little help.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
 
All the best from England.

Roadracer
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   Posted 12/28/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
darn it Mel! If its not one thing it seems to be another. My son was down for over a week with a respiratory infection, a brother was sick for almost two weeks and a sister came down just before Christmas. I'm keeping my fingers crossed since my warm-weather escape is in three weeks.

Good luck on the PSA test. I have my three year test next Monday and I was hoping we could get together for lunch later next week to commiserate or share congratulations. Let's exchange numbers at a distance!

roadracer

compiler
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   Posted 12/28/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
ROADRACER!!!
 
Nice to see you finally posting.
 
Folks-- roadracer is new to HW as far as posting but he has been lurking. He is in our support group.
 
That's all I'll say.
 
I was going to email you as I was looking forward to getting together. That might have to be on hold.
 
 
David -- yes I did do the flu shot.
 
I have a prediction too and it ain''t good.
 
Mel
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06

goodlife
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   Posted 12/28/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,

How about we start a pool on your PSA ? Might as well make a buck.

Seriously, hope you kick the crud and leave it at the border.

I would not guess that the crud would alter your PSA, unless Willie is sneezing too.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

compiler
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   Posted 12/28/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Supposedly illness does not alter your PSA after RP.
 
Now... before...!!
 
Mel

compiler
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   Posted 12/28/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
David:
 
You won't jinx anything -- it is what it is.
 
My prediction is not good -- it says that I will be facing SRT.
 
Actually, I think they want a confirming PSA, too, once it crosses the border. So, I might be staring at one more PSA to follow soon after this one.
 
Mel
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/28/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hoping for the best for you, Mel, but will keep my number under wrap till you get your results, only fair that you go into it with a clear head
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

Swimom
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   Posted 12/28/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Compiler,
 
You got what's been going around. Crud is probably an appropriate name for it. Hope you're up and feeling much better real soon. As for the PSA....got my fingers crossed all is good there as well.
 
Swim

MrGimpy
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,

A simple chest X-dray will confirm if its pneumonia.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,
There is a lot of cold and flu going around. I had a bout with the cough 2 weeks ago and so did my wife. In our case, it was over in one week. Hopefuly yurs will clear up soon. Best of luck with the PSA test.
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

English Alf
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   Posted 12/29/2010 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel
How long after your boat trip did you get ill? As I was just wondering about air conditioning etc. Not legionaires or anything that serious but just bugs in the air getting recycled. I have found over the years that communal air-conditioning seems to give me a cold.
At the beginning of December I was ill and then my wife after we had both spent about eight hours in stuffy trains in one day during a trip to Germany and back. I haven't flown for ages, but I always used to get a cold after being in a plane and also after being in the trains through the Channel tunnel between England and France (I'm talking maybe 20 journeys to England when I got ill after every single one) I also occasionally get a cold after using a rental car, and always try to remember to run the airco for a few miles with the windows wide open to clear the system.

I have also been told that "joke" about two weeks with treatment a fortnight without, but the thing we all need to watch out for is that after what we've been through our bodies are a bit less resistant and a cold that used to be easy to deal with may now have a bigger efffect. Hence also the possibility that a normal cold truns into things like Bronchitis pneumonia etc.
Too much coughing and sneezing with our level of bladder control is also no fun.

Hope anyone who is ill gets better and feels better soon.

Alf
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
Tired
BMs weird
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
Erections OK

rob2
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   Posted 12/29/2010 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope you are doing better today.   The crud is horrible and can lead to more problems.  At least you are taking care you yourself.

Aimzee
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   Posted 12/30/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I think they want a confirming PSA, too, once it crosses the border. So, I might be staring at one more PSA to follow soon after this one.
 
Mel, what does it mean "crosses the border"?  I hope you start to feel better real soon, and best wishes for your upcoming PSA!

Wishing you the best,

Aimzee



Husband Ron, age 63
4/1/10 PSA 5.5 Prostate size = 50 grams
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 / NO incontinence.
Went to rehab to build up Pelvic floor
Post Surgery PSA 8 weeks - .01

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/30/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, sent you an e-mail to your HW listed e-mail addy

David in SC
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
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