Tomorrow, as well as being Easter Sunday, will also mark one month since my hernia repair and the installation of my artificial sphincter and my penile prosthesis. That being the case, a brief progress report:
I'm not sure how long it takes for the fuseable mesh they used to patch my hernia to fully fuse. At one month out I am still taking things easy -- no heavy lifting for another month -- but I can do regular activities with very minimal discomfort although twisting or bending can still be pretty twingey.
It is still another two and a half weeks before I see my surgeon to have my AUS activated and to be trained in its use. For now I continue to leak heavily (worse than before surgery) and I am really looking forward to a chance to be dry again.
I have been given permission to cycle my implant. It seems to work but it is currently difficult to operate, most likely because there is still a bit of swelling that makes it difficult to access the pump. Hopefully that will improve. For the moment I try to pump it up every day for half an hour or so but, since I still leak heavily I don't try to do much with it for the time being.
The implant will take some getting used to, I think. It seems a bit smaller than I was expected but I imagine I can learn to work with it. It is also a bit lumpy when deflated but, again, I expect I can get used to it.
I am probably passing through the period of maximum post-op grumpyness for my particular combination of devices. I am not far enough into the learning curve for the prosthesis to find it easy or natural to use and the fact that my AUS hasn't been activated and I still leak takes a lot of the fun out of practicing with it.
In other news, I am coming up on nine months since the end of my androgen deprivation and I am finally staring to see some signs of recovery. I am starting to regrow some hair on my forearms and thighs, my wife now notices when I don't shave, and my arm pits have started to stink again.
Mostly I am a work in progress at the moment. There are lots of favorable signs but the pace of progress is slower than I might wish
, even if it is tracking nicely with what I expect
Oh, and glancing at the clock: Happy Easter.
62 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
AUS & IPP installed 3/5/2015Forum Moderator - Not a medical professional
Post Edited (PeterDisAbelard.) : 4/4/2015 10:21:29 PM (GMT-6)