Day 2 - feeling 50% better today. Slept about
3 1/2 hours last night and then watched TV for awhile. I think the pain meds were wearing off. Fell back to sleep for 2 more hours.
I have a catheter for the weekend, get it taken out on Monday. If the surgery was any other day, I could have had it removed the next day.
I am glad I didn't get rid of the basketball pants that button up the side that I got for my DaVinci surgery. Putting the catheter in a plastic bucket next to the bed like before. I had everything arranged on my side of the bed expecting the catheter to be put on the right side but found it is on the left side this time. My wife had to move the table with all my "stuff" over to the other side of the bed.
I found it more comfortable to lay in bed than sitting in a recliner. The incision between my legs hurts the most. My surgeon recommended putting a bag of frozen peas between my legs. Wilie and the Po Boys are in shock. Willie has shrunk and the Po Boys have tripled in size. This is like deja vu. Went through these symptoms after Da Vinci surgery. In order to get over it, you have to go through it.
I am glad I had bought an adjustable bed years ago. I just push a button to adjust it until I feel comfortable, another GFMPH (good for my prostate health). For any of you guys considering having an AUS installed, hit up your loved one with the phrase, "Honey, it would be GFMPH to have an adjustable bed!"
Taking stool softeners and watching what I eat, with that incision so close, I don't want to have to strain for my first bowel movement.
My surgeon gave me a booklet to read that comes with the AMS800. It also includes a sample of the control button so I can see what I will be pushing.
I ordered a medic alert
dog tag to wear. My surgeon said I needed to have one in case of an emergency to notify any medical personnel that I have an AUS installed and to not use a catheter. There was a great web site with all kinds of bracelets and necklaces, some pretty neat looking ones. They have come a long way.
Thanks for all best wishes everyone. Hopefully this will help my QOL once it gets activated. I read a lot of previous threads by some of you about
your experiences and I hope to "Pay Forward" myself for anyone considering this treatment plan to help end their incontinence.
Bill from Florida
Age - 63
Feb. 2012 - PSA 18.5 Biopsy 4/27/12
Positive 10 of 12 cores, Gleason 6 then
Da Vinci Surgery 07/17/12, Dr. Vipul Patel
EPE, positive margins, Gleason 3+4=7, involving 50% of gland, prostate weight 57 g. Stage pT3a, Lymph node involvement: 0/4
All post-op PSA tests through 10/15/13 undetectable <0.1
PSA 1/15/14 0.1, 4/1/14 - <0.1
Still leaking, going in for AUS in April 2014
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