Positive Thinking. You will be free of cancer!!!
This forum is awesome.... !
I'm so glad we've all been here to help you through this!
Get ready cuz we are all here to take you to the finish line!!! This means from this moment on!!!!!!..... All the way. Remember... we are here for you each and every day... so continue to talk with us and the time will fly! Pre and Post surgery....
You're going to blink and it's going to be all over!!!!!
Get your prescriptions filled before your surgery date so you don't have to get it on the way home..!!! And start taking a mild stool softener so you don't get constipated!! You don't want to get constipated along with just having your surgery! A stool softener was prescribed but was not enough! We did get constipated and I got equate vegetable laxative per our pharmacist. We also bought equate Fiber Therapy. We alternate between the two. And yes... I even use them! And we are continuing to use them per our specialist! They are very mild.
We stuck to clear liquids during the day before surgery and nothing after 9:00 p.m. Our doctor specifically said they would do the enema at the hospital. Looking back I would have been happier to have Buddy do it at home for the convenience of having the bathroom readily available! We did one before the biopsy and it worked fine but he specifically stated he wants it done at the hospital. Worked out fine!
We arrived at 8:00 a.m. and were taken back around 8:15. Our anesthesiologist and the team of nurses came in and introduced themselves to us and said they were going to take good care of Buddy! They started an IV and got leg pressure cuffs on the lower part of his legs and an antibiotic was given also at this time. Our surgery was at 11:30 and they came for him at 11:15. I walked out with them as they took Buddy to surgery. They stopped at the entrance to the OR and I leaned over and kissed him. He doesn't remember anything from the time we were in the prep room. Next thing he remembers being in the recovery room. He doesn’t remember the breathing tube being removed and no sore throat as many have afterwards.
Up walking the next day really felt good but pushed it a little. Don't push it! He really felt better when he got up and walked. Do fewer laps more often than too many at one time!! The movement really helps the system get better faster!!
We had a 1 hour drive home and the neck pillow was worth $200.00 and I only paid $9.99 so get one now and its great for your recover period too!! He continues to use it when he reads. I bought 2 nice lounge chairs for OUR recovery. He has his chair in the leaning back position to take the stress off the mid section! We are having a Great Recovery and so will you!
You are right! *The three goals: First is removing the cancer, then preserving urinary continence, and then preserving sexual function. In this order!!! (*Excerpt from Dr. Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer)
Michael our goal was to get the best sleep we could and I truly feel this helped us tremendously. Nighttime is the hardest!! Our doctor did prescribe a mild sleep aide and Dr. Staley was all for it! Even the night before surgery was a good one.
So.... Get ready to blink. We'll be waiting to hear from you. Don't forget your donut pillow so you can sit at your computer. It really helps take the pressure off! Keep talking to us right up to the last second . okay!!
I'm going to add this info to "Our Journey"!
Take care ~ from Lee & Buddy
P.S. When you hit the jackpot!! (Glen's posting) remember your friends.... LOL