Three Weeks Out from Surgery

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rcroller
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Today marks three weeks out from open surgery. While I've still got some healing to do, I feel as though I have come a long way.  Physically, I  still have some discomfort in the areas where the lymph nodes were removed and the pelvic floor is still a bit sore but overall doing pretty well.  I may have overdone the walking two days ago with a trip to the mall and paid for that yesterday.  Opted to take some pain meds last night before bed but seems improved today.  Emotionally, my anxiety has diminished considerably and am back to my old self for the most part.  Much of that improvement is due to the support I've received from this Forum and I greatly appreciate all that others have contributed. I have been able to resume reading about PCa and educating myself now that reading isn't creating an "information overload" situation.  Since catheter removal a week ago today, I have been dry with the exception  of one night time accident which I think was related to a combination of more than usual wine consumption and sleeping meds.  The bladder seems to have shrunk and I am peeing much more frequently than before surgery but again am assuming this will improve with time.  A guy who I spoke with before surgery told me that he was peeing like a 16 year old after his robotic, but I have not found this to be the case for me. The stream is still a bit weak at times and don't get the feeling of complete emptying but hoping this will improve with time as well.  I have noticed some recent development of possible hemorrhoids but am using a softener and assuming this is also somehow related to the surgery.   I have also decided to keep my next Uro appointment on 6/16 but won't get the first post-op PSA until the same day.  My Uro wanted a four week PSA and while I understand that others usually get that at 6-8 weeks, I am going to go with what my Uro wants, but not the week before as his nurse suggested(for their convenience of having results at the time of my appt).  If the number seems high, I will get a repeat PSA at my own expense a month later just so I won't be worrying for three months until my next "covered" PSA is due.  Today I am released to drive on a limited basis so am looking forward to getting the convertible out of  mothballs and taking it for a short drive later today. Last, I want to thank all of you have have been so supportive through my journey so far.  The support I have received has been more help than I can express and I am very greatful to all.  Wishing the best to all of you and thank you again.
Age 53- PSA 2/11 3.5
4/21/11 BX Path Report: 3 of 12 Left PCa , 3+3, 3+4, 4+4
4/29/11 Received PCa DX, G-8
5/18/11 open RP Performed, Right nerve bundle spared
5/24/11 Post Op Path Report: G-7(4+3) 7%, pT3a N0M0, EPE, PNI+, SVI-, Left margin <0.1mm from inked margin
6/1/11 Cath removed - 99.9% Dry.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   

Nice story. Thanks for the update...

(be carefull about "combination of more than usual wine consumption and sleeping meds" )

 


wifeandmother
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   Posted 6/8/2011 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
You should try to relax as much as possible for healing. Take care and yes, don't do the evening drink and take the pain meds at the same time. As soon as my husband did'nt need them, which was within a week, I flushed those Oxy's down the toilet.

Tim G
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   Posted 6/8/2011 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
It cheered me to read your good report.  Take care and hang in there.

HD_Rider
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   Posted 6/8/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
That's all good to hear, Bob. Don't rush the healing; take it easy and let your body recover at its own pace.

It sounds like your well on the way to resuming some semblance of a normal life again.
John (HD_Rider)
Age: 49
PSA: 3.5, 6/07
PSA: 4.5, 3/11
Biopsy, 12 cores: 04/13/11
Dx: 04/19/11
Gleason: 3 cores at 3+3=6 and one core at 3+4=7 (primarily on right side with <5% on left side)
DaVinci: scheduled for 06/09/11, hoping and praying for the best

rcroller
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   Posted 6/8/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, all.

Steve and Wifeandmother: No worries...I don't mix pain pills and wine...just had a little more wine a little later than usual that night and too close to bedtime when I took 1/2 sleeping pill. I'm not taking the pills anymore....just the wine. :)

Tim: Always like to relay a positive story, especially since I did my share of negative whining earlier.

John: Yes, not rushing but got out for that ride this afternoon and life seems to be returning to almost normal. Will be thinking of you tomorrow sending positive thoughts your way!
Age 53- PSA 2/11 3.5
4/21/11 BX Path Report: 3 of 12 Left PCa , 3+3, 3+4, 4+4
4/29/11 Received PCa DX, G-8
5/18/11 open RP Performed, Right nerve bundle spared
5/24/11 Post Op Path Report: G-7(4+3) 7%, pT3a N0M0, EPE, PNI+, SVI-, Left margin <0.1mm from inked margin
6/1/11 Cath removed - 99.9% Dry.

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Good update there, hope you keep improving so well
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 margin
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, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
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 9/10

Sagittarian
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   Posted 6/8/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear things are going well for you.  I am still bleeding (slightly now)
,and daytime leaks are getting fewer.  Are you doing kegels?
if so how much ?.  I was told not to do kegels until bleeding stops.
Besides that I am doing ok, no pain meds at all, the leaking even
though small is becoming a hassle.  Glad to hear you are dry.
My nights however have always been dry.  I drove many times
before you, maybe that was my problem.
 
HdRider see you on other side. Horse race still on.  RcRoller is pulling
ahead of me.  I am gaining ground on him, but my horse keeps
stumbling.
Glenn-AGE-53,NJ, PSA-4.2, FPSA-7%
4/09/2011 - Biopsy, 8 NEG, 4 POS (left), 2(3+3), 2(3+4)
5/23/2011 - Da-Vinci Surgery, Right Nerves Spared, Partial Left
5/25/2011 - PATH, pT2c, 4+3, 25% cancer,Confined, Margin-Lymph-Seminal NEG
5/31/2011 - Catheter Removed
6/01/2011 - UTI, CIPRO 500mg 2 a day for 10 Days
7/12/2011 - First Post PSA test

rcroller
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 6/8/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Glenn: I am doing Kegals daily but only three sets of ten. When I pee, sometimes I stop the stream a few times just to sweeten the deal. I generally do Kegals at mealtime just so I will remember...breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The driving today did do some bad stuff...I could feel it after I got home. It's best not to rush this recovery, but as you said earlier, it gets sooo boring and that caged animal thing is tough after a while. In the end, I'm hoping it will have been worth it. Only future PSAa will tell that story. In the meanitme it is great to have brothers such as you and the others on this forum who continue to provide moral support and encouragement. I couldn't imagine doing this totally alone. I like the horse race analogy, but only insofar as we can run it down to a photo finish...I want nothing more than all of us to be winners in the end!
-Bob
Age 53- PSA 2/11 3.5
4/21/11 BX Path Report: 3 of 12 Left PCa , 3+3, 3+4, 4+4
4/29/11 Received PCa DX, G-8
5/18/11 open RP Performed, Right nerve bundle spared
5/24/11 Post Op Path Report: G-7(4+3) 7%, pT3a N0M0, EPE, PNI+, SVI-, Left margin <0.1mm from inked margin
6/1/11 Cath removed - 99.9% Dry.

Sagittarian
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob:
I had forcefull peeing at first, until blood clot came out, then bleeding started.
Now the stream is weak to normal during the day.  I also pee then stop.
I took a long shower today, and yes my thingy works.  Wife is on deck
for next week now that I know nothing comes out.  With all that I have been
going through, who knows what was going to shoot out (spiders ?).  But
thus far nothing.  Kinda like that deal, bet wife will too.  Yea watch that driving
,not sure whats up with that, other than pain/discomfort.  I'm also glad to have
you and others as a PCa brother,  it helps a whole lot.
Glenn-AGE-53,NJ, PSA-4.2, FPSA-7%
4/09/2011 - Biopsy, 8 NEG, 4 POS (left), 2(3+3), 2(3+4)
5/23/2011 - Da-Vinci Surgery, Right Nerves Spared, Partial Left
5/25/2011 - PATH, pT2c, 4+3, 25% cancer,Confined, Margin-Lymph-Seminal NEG
5/31/2011 - Catheter Removed
6/01/2011 - UTI, CIPRO 500mg 2 a day for 10 Days
7/12/2011 - First Post PSA test

Startech
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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/9/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Bob, glad to read this post and that you are improving. Makes me a little less anxious about my up-coming decision to go open RP. Yes, the members of this site have been a blessing in my new path. Thanks
1985-age 25 diagnosed with enlarged prostate
March 2000 psa=.08
April 2002 psa = 1.4
April 2011 psa = 47.6 age 51
May 17, 2011-Prostate Biopsy
Prostate volume 97--(whoa, that is big!)
PSAD:0.49
3 of 12 cores Positive
Right Medial Base: G7 (3+4) 6 mm of 15 mm
Right Medial Mid G6 (3+3) <1.0 mm of 15 mm
Right Lateral Mid G7 (3+4) 1.0 mm of 4+7 mm (2 pieces)
Bone=neg;ct=50/50 chance within capsule

Sleepless09
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   Posted 6/9/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob, great update. Remember, recovery isn't a race. Enjoy having permission to take it easy as much as you can. And, keep us posted as you progress.

Good on you!

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
  
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