Things are going fairly well. I did notice blood in my urine yesterday (pink pee!) and the Dr. said I was over doing it. I explained to him that I haven't lifted anything...and he said that any excessive bending, sitting, standing, twisting will aggravate it. He said 'sit on your butt, walk each day for 30 minutes, and don't lift anything. Ok, guess I'll follow. Here's some info on the surgery:
-Hospital: expect to stay overnight. Once you are up in the chair and they cover catheter care, they will kick you home the next day (I was home by 2pm). Typical hospital stuff....4 hour vital checks, blood samples, etc
-Catheter needs list: vinegar (to clean), get extra tape from the hospital, get 2 leg bags (my first one leaked like a lawn sprinkler), bucket (for large bag as you sleep), someone to empty the bag in the night, neosporin to put on the tip of the penis, cotton boxers 1-2 times larger than what you wear, and any kind of elastic shorts (regular shorts, pants hurt the stomach), lots of pillows for the bed. Keep the tube clean where it enters the penis. Have someone help you with a shower (use a hand held one if possible...it'll be hard to keep the water off of the stitches if not) Just relax with the cath....don't try to force peeing...
-Misc items: stool softner (not a laxative)--Dr. may prescribe, but the nurse told me to use ducolax stool softner 2x per day, jello, juices, soup,as you will be on a liquid diet until your first movement, than soft foods (eggs, jello, yogurt, pudding, etc), a 'support ring' to sit on (Walgreens has a foam one for $20--the blow up ones leak) that at 3 weeks out I still use, bandaids, you will get a pain medication prescription...just remember that they tend to constipate you, and I'm 6'5" and found a toilet seat raise thing helped immensley! They are at Walgreens and sit on the toilet bowl 'raising the seat about 5 inches'
I had the dog go on vacation until the catheter came out...think jumping dog pulling tube out...ouch! Lots of books, movies, and rest. Expect to take afternoon naps. I was walking 30 minutes by my 3rd day home...but wore myself out. I have a hard time sitting and not doing anuthing.....you must remind yourself that you had a major operation and need to heal.
If you have any other questions...just ask! I also am using pure vitamin e oil on the scars now.
Good luck and my prayers are with you!