A bunch of things that were really useful and some things were not. I Really found the individually wrapped alcohol pads from Walmart helpful. Also the individually wrapped sterile gauzes. I used those to clean the catheter and around the catheter bag when I emptied it and cleaned it. Some lightly tacky tape for taping down the catheter. The hospital used an “anchor” on me but that came loose after the first shower. Make sure you have your doctor give you the numbing cream for you at the tip of your penis where the catheter exits. It will be helpful if you need it.
I did not use the male diapers (Depends, Flex Fit underwear for men)...btw, my wife hated me calling them diapers! They were too bulky and I, quite frankly, didn’t need them. You might want to start with the Depends, Max Guard pads. They are less bulky but still able to hold a lot of leakage. The next size down called Depends Shields...smaller, but still works. I use very thin pads that my wife had (Always, Very Ultra Thin, size #1) and then purchased some more when those ran out. Also, don’t be afraid to be around the house without pads... it will help you judge how much you are leaking.
Colace....start taking it now. To me, it’s a quality of life issue. As bad as this sounds, I wanted to be just on the edge of the runs so I could eliminate without any stress or strain...to include gas.
The other thing that might come in helpful and might be often overlooked, is a subscript
ion to Netflix or Amazon Prime for watching movies. It helps the day go by.
You won’t likely have much pain, but it’s just the other items that will help you be a little more comfortable from all of the achyness...
Oh, and WALK! 😀. Just wanted to get that in!
54 yo DX 5/17
PSA 9.2 on 3/17, 12.1 on 4/17 (free after antibiotics)
BX 5/17 - 4 of 12, 2 lobes-T2b
de Vinci RALP - 9/15/17
Path-clear margins, no seminal or lymph intrusion
PSA: 10/23/17 - <0.01 ng/mL
Post Edited (Tiger88) : 11/2/2017 10:15:12 PM (GMT-6)