David, it is so good to read of such positive things happening in your life.
You may indeed be a special case for this doctor, and he may not treat all patients like he treats you. But, that's not because you're King of HW.
Let's face it, as much as we love this place, it's not exactly mandatory reading for eiither PCa patients, or doctors. The National Cancer Institute figures suggest in the U.S. 600 people a day are DXed with PCa. Throw in Canada, England, Australia, and a dozen other English speaking nations and I expect the daily Dx for potential HW members is 1,500 to 2,000. And we see what? One new person a day? Perhaps 100/200 'active' members at any one time? No, this doctor isn't bestowing nice on you because of HW.
David, to the extent you're a special case with this guy there's a much better reason than HW. The reason is you're a nice guy and he likes you. You and I have talked off list via email. I've talked with others who have met you. And one thing we all agree on -- you're a great person to know, talk to, and be with. A thoroughly enjoyable companion.
I suspect this doctor gets a lot of unhappy, grumpy, angry people coming through his door who have far less to grump about
than you do, and he was blown away when he first met you. I bet he went home that evening and said to his wife, "you know, every now and then someone comes through the door that makes it all worthwhile. This David guy who was in today is one of them!"
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