3/9/2011 LAUNCHED AND DRY
Went to Cleveland Clinic today and had the AMS 800 Activated.
Based on other info on this unit I took a pain pill JUST Incase.
I didn't really need it.
Checked in and they tested my urine for any infections - thank God they didn't need much because I was still leaking like a seive.
Went through that - no problem and was waiting in Room for Dr Montague
While waiting I had a BRAND NEW Med student - first day, first patient.
Rather funny in one way, she asked why I was there and was it a problem.
I said don't know - I am hoping not but the unit wasn't turned on.
She asked how long I had incontinence etc.
Then she tried some better bed side manner, checked my scar and then nurse came in. The nurse had been through this many many times so she was instructing the Med Student what needed to be done etc.
THE QUESTION: TALL GUY
SOME SAY YOU SHOULD DEACTIVATE THE AMS800 FOR YOUR URETHER ABRASION
1ST REMARK FROM NURSE - ANOTHER INTERNET GUY!!!
DO NOT EVER DEACTIVATE THE AMS800
She stated that if the unit is deactivated at the wrong time:
THE UNIT MAY NEVER BE REACTIVATED - TAKE OUT THROUGH AWAY PUT NEW IN!
She had one case which Dr Angermeier was in the midst of surgery and the guy had deactivated the unit. Dr A came out of surgery and "milked" the unit until it finally worked.
The nurse had a unit and explained the workings prior to activation and then activated it. I had asked about double sleeve and she stated not needed with the various sleeves available and Dr M sizes for urether. She had me stand up, pump, urinate alittle and explained about residual. She gave me more water and I waited for Dr Montague, Surgeon, who verified I was good to go.
Both Nurse and Dr M stated no restrictions just be smart and don't overdue.
I have following up for xrays in 6 wks which he does Xray in open and closed position to verify no problems.
I drove the 3+ hours home and was coughing quite abit. May have had some leakage but pad didn't seem wet. Sitting here with just gym shorts on = no pad. First time in 10 years where I didn't either have catheter or pad on. May even sleep au natural once again !!! With coughing I noted a drip or so - I think but not even sure on that.
Not certain if it will get better or worse, right now I AM DRY.
Thanks for all your advise, support and information.
Looking forward to drinking water and not having to worry about wetting my pants.