Am i classed as "dry" now ??

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   Posted 2/11/2011 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Time for another update and the question ... am i classed as dry now ? ;-)

I am totally dry at night and have been for 12 nights now, i wear a pad during the day as a precaution but only one for the whole day. My signals are great and i do pee as normal and no longer leak without notice. The only time i do leak is when i laugh spontaneously or stretching when i yawn. I am suprised to be at this point at 9 weeks post op but really pleased and grinning about it ;-)

Take care, Bob.
Age 58
Prostate problems since early 40s
Ed since early 40s
April 2007 biopsy & all clear
July 2010 prostate swollen more, psa up to 5.6 August 6.7
September Biopsy again
October 7th diagnosed cancer, Gleason grade 6 at 10% mass
December 13th 2010 open radical proctatectomy
Pathology results came back Gleason grade 7 at 12% mass BUT clear margins
Catheter out Jan 5th 2011

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   Posted 2/11/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you are doing great. By my uro's definition, one pad a day is dry. I have a way to go.

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   Posted 2/11/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you are doing great, Bob.
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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   Posted 2/12/2011 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you're heading the right way.
I think 100% dry, as per questionaboutit's uro's definition is too perfect to be attainable for most if not all of us.

I spent a few weeks in the zone you're in before risking venturing out without a pad. But even then it was (and still is) a case of wearing clothes that are dark enough to camofluage any dribbles that might occur. Also most of my jackets have a pad in a pocket as I am convinced I am still at risk. Also as I have previousy posted if I am driving somewhere unfamiliar the pad goes back in just to be on the safe side if I find myself unable to find a WC. Any leaks that there have been have been minor and remained invisible to the outside world, though anything that strats to make things feel damp leaves you with that dreadful feeling in your soul.


mr bill
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   Posted 2/12/2011 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Five months out and about in the same boat as you.  Always have one tucked away somewhere.  Yesterday I was away from the house for the day and forget the "safety net."  After awhile I just completely forgot about it.  Surg. Onc. did tell me about five months, but reassured me it would happen.
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   Posted 2/12/2011 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bob,
I think I'm pretty much in the same boat as you; I had the Davinci procedure on 12-16 -2010.  I didn't have to wear a pad at night at all, but stilll "leak" ever so slightly whenever I lift, stretch hard, sneeze, etc. I wear a pad when I am working, but don't usually need one at home. By my definition I still don't consider myself dry yet.
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