Last night was my first night home after surgery. Thoughts:
- Reasonable amount of abdominal pain in the evening. Meds helped resolve that.
- Yesterday my walking was very slow and labored. Today, I'm walking much better.
- I slept in my bed (not the recliner). 9 hours, with 3 short interruptions for a drink of water and to empty the cath bag.
- Passed a bit of gas when I woke up this morning, and have had some pretty impressive gas pains for the last hour or two.
- I'm leaking a bit of blood around the cath, and have a bit of pain at the tip of willy.
- Today's major endeavor will be to take my first shower. I have dried blood, iodine (I presume) and all kinds of crust and goop (mostly unidentifiable by me) on various places around my body.
I am soooo
blessed to have a fantastic wife who is helping me get through this, and my kids too.
Here's my recap of the surgery experience:5:45am:
Arrived at the hospital. Intake was uneventful (change clothes, vital signs checked, IV stent put on my arm).7:15am:
Taken to surgery. I walked into the surgery room with a surgical nurse, saw the robot, and laid down on a table. Anestheologist said he was going to give me something to help me relax. I remember nothing after that. Surgical team preps me for the surgery and the surgeon begins the actual da Vinci surgery at around 8am.10am-ish:
Surgery is nearly finished. Wife is called to speak with the surgeon outside of the surgery room. Surgeon tells her that I'm doing fine. All nerves spared. All margin tissue samples that he took during the surgery were rushed to the lab and were negative for PCa.
A few minutes later the surgery is finished and I'm moved to recovery.12:15pm-ish:
I wake up in recovery. Wife is brought to see me. Wife says I cracked a few jokes (which I vaguely remember). My mouth is really dry and feels like someone is stuffing dry cotton balls in my mouth. Ice chips help. Wife spends 15 minutes with me. I ask her for my mp3 player and smartphone and send her home.12:27pm:
My first post-surgery post on HW forum. Booyeah. 2:00pm:
Taken "upstairs" to my room. Rest for a few hours.4:00pm:
Walk for an hour9:00pm:
Walk for an hour10:00pm:
Abdominal pain is getting intense. 2 Percocet help the pain and put me to sleep for 3 hours.5:30am:
Walk for an hour6:30am:
More pain. 1 Percocet. Short nap.10:00am:
Surgeon comes to visit and we discuss the surgery. Great guy.1:00pm:
Wife returns to the hospital. Nurse gives us a class in how to care for the catheter and reviews the discharge instructions. I get detached from the hospital's cath bag (and attached to my leg bag) and the IV. (I really hated being tethered to that IV pole.)2:00pm:
(PS. I drank so much water/juice/IV-drip that I passed over 10 liters of urine in the 24 hours between when I was moved to my room and the time I was discharged. Nurses claim it is some kind of record.)
Latest update (as of 4/5):
Wife + 5 kids
Positive 5 of 12 cores: G3+4 40%, G3+4 5%, G3+4 10%, G3+4 15%, G3+3 10%. One core PNI.
RALP with Dr. Ash Tewari on 4/3/13
Cath removal scheduled for 4/11/13
Post Edited (gedman) : 4/5/2013 3:17:01 PM (GMT-6)