Nine days since
open surgery. Got the cath and staples out this morning. The removal of both wasn't pleasant but wasn't as bad as I expected either. Super strange when I got up from the table after getting the cath out and felt my entire bladder contents empty out into my Depends and I couldn't do anything about
it. Good news is that by the time I got home I was able to hold my urine and have done so all day since with the exception of some leakage when I stand up from sitting. I'm hopeful that I'll get control of that soon.
Had the experience of the six streams when attempting to urinate in the toilet for the first time at home. After I cleaned up the mess in the bathroom, I found the thread about
using the Solo drink cup and have to say that was a winner of an idea! As the day has progressed though I'm able to hold more urine for a longer period of time so my stream is stronger which helps with creating a single stream.
I'm still tiring very easily after walking a ways. I talked with the doctor regarding it and he told me that I lost a lot of blood during the operation. They were on the fence about
giving me some donor blood but decided I could get by without it. Basically, he indicates that he figures it will be about
three weeks past surgery before I'm back to my normal red blood cell count and feeling more energetic.
All in all, the cath for nine days was the biggest PIA of the experience and now that it is gone, I'm hoping I'll keep cruising to as complete a recovery as possible. Taking my Calis but aside from feeling "movement", nothing to say about
Thank you to everyone for all of the thoughts, prayers, and great advice for preparing and dealing with the immediate aftermath of surgery. I've got a slightly used 5 Gallon Home Depot bucket for sale if anyone needs one (ha ha).
Where do I send for my "I survived the bag" tee shirt?
DX at age 50 July 2016 PSA at DX =47
Biopsy shows a mixture of G7 and (4+5) G9 cores. 12 0f 13 cores positive
CT Scan, Bone Scan, and lymph node biopsy found one pelvic node positive
4 month Luprun shot on 8/19/2016
open RP At Cleveland Clinic w/Dr. Eric Klein 12/19/2016
Post Edited (schoolpsych) : 12/28/2016 4:35:30 PM (GMT-7)