open surgery on Sat Nov 5th of last year & went home the following Tuesday morning. I'm divorced and live alone. Prior to surgery, I bought a recliner and stocked up on frozen dinners and canned foods, enough to last 2 weeks. My ex & daughter brought me dinner my first evening home, and after that I was on my own. When I needed milk or some other perishable item, I would call my daughter who would bring it by after work. I kept my phone within reach at all times. Everything worked out very well, thanks to getting the recliner, stocking up on food beforehand and not having any complications from the surgery.
I also had a walker left by the former owner of my house. I kept the overnight catheter bag on all the time, and when I had to get up I simply hung it on the walker and was able to get around quite well that way. I only used the walker for the first 2-3 days. Another thing I did was lay a chair cushion on the seat of the recliner which made it easier to get up from.
Since your hubby is normally pretty independent, don't coddle him to much and he'll learn to accept and live with his situation that much sooner.
Age 61, PSA 4.9 10/2011 12/15 cores +
open RP Gleason 4+3: pT3b
High-grade PIN: Present
PNI: Present extensively
Vascular/lymphatic invasion: Present Focally
SVI: both involved
100% ED; 2-3 pads/day, dry at night
PSA: thru 6/12 <.1, next 9/12
URO: Radiation if PSA becomes measurable.
Post Edited (Oldgreydude) : 7/29/2012 5:31:23 PM (GMT-6)