HD, a few nights before my surgery my surgeon called and talked me down off the ledge. Thank God he did. The surgery was a piece of cake and I loved the catheter. First time in years I could drink all I wanted at bed time and sleep the night through. Amazing.
It's easy to say, 'don't worry,' and impossible to take the advice. Nevertheless there is a time to fish, or cut bait. You've made your decision and you say you're not worried about
the surgery as in being awful, or worried that it's the wrong treatment, just that you don't know the outcome. The outcome is what it is, and worry won't change it. Clocknut put it perfectly:
"Trust in the skill of your surgeon and whatever it is...that's what it is. The hand is already dealt, you just haven't turned it over to look at it yet, and no amount of worry is going to make it better or worse. Your odds are good, so go with it."
And he also said, "It's natural to be worried, and it's natural to be scared...we've all been there. We're with you, and we're pulling for you."
Clocknut nailed it.
Come the tenth you're going to be a happy camper as you roll out the other side. In the meantime, the next week is why God created alcohol -- not only does it make waiting easier it has antiseptic properties when, on your fourth/fifth drink, you spill some down your front.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02