I figured its time for an update, to keep continuity in the thread for any newbies.
Last week i had my 6 month post op visit with the surgeon. PSA remains <.02. Doc reiterated that he feels my chance of needing further treatment of any kind is less than 5%. Its interesting to note that he said "needing further treatment" but did not say "BCR". Maybe I'm looking to much into that, as i usually do hang on every word out of a Drs mouth, but maybe it doesn't mean anything.
I am still fully continent. Regarding ED - I had been pretty much back to myself immediately after the surgery, taking 5 mg daily Cialis. I would say, if 10 is where i was presurgery, i was about
an 8 or a 9, probably closer to a 9. Due to cardiac issues, i was taken off the Cialis by my Cardiologist and now, a month or so after being off it, i would say, i am a 7. Still functionable, usable, and still acceptable considering i am only 6 months out of surgery. So I'll take it. I'm seeing my cardiologist tomorrow and am hoping he will give me the ok to go back on Cialis.
At this visit with the surgeon, i asked about
some dietary concerns. He answered my question, and it led to him suggesting that i dont really need to see him again in 3 months so maybe my next 3 month visit should be with another member of his team. Not an MD, but a specialist in that she focuses on Integrative Medicine. Diet, Acupuncture, etc. She can advise me on diet. So i am going to do that to get another perspective, then I'll see the surgeon 3 months after that. That will be the one year mark, if i get to that point and still have undetectable PSA, which he expects that i will, he will spread the visits out to every 6 months.
Some other health issues have come up, but not related to PC. The shock of the 1-2 punch threw me for a while, mentally, but I'm recovering from that as well, changing my diet, exercising daily, and i have a good feeling about
how it may turn out, whcih i could not say a few weeks ago.
I am not so nervous any more about
PC. Its still on my mind, but i handle it ok, and its not the first thing that pops into my head when i
open my eyes in the morning.
I find i place a higher value in enjoying my time on this earth. I care less about
money, as long as i know i have enough. I recently spent a week in Myrtle Beach, i am leaving for Alaska in a week, and i just booked Aruba for December. I would have never traveled as much pre-PC. I also strive to work less. I now work 4 days a week, average about
6 - 7 hours a day. I don't care to put in the energy to grow my business beyond where it is, and if it shrunk just a bit, it wouldn't bother me. I am considering selling out in the next 3 years or so.
So there is, as I've said before, life after PC. All newbies, note, i came here in the words of more than one HW member, with my hair on fire, i thought the end of the world as i knew it was near. Now my hair is neatly combed and life goes on
Post Edited (Pratoman) : 7/12/2015 7:00:28 AM (GMT-6)