Hi Wittler (Kate & Tom), J
You have truly done well!!! Your list will really help others along the way… and thank you for your special thank you’s above J It touched my heart! I’ve answered a few of your questions and added a few things too... using our experience...
Baggy Pants & Catheter:
We did use the leg closest to the floor for the attachment for the bag. Buddy never got tangled up and it made it easier for me when I emptied the bag in the middle of the night.
He walked and walked and walked...with his big catheter bag using the pants with the slit up the side...and never had any problems.
The hospital provided 2 bags (big and small) we kept the big one on at home and used the small one only for our doctor visits.
I’m a true believer that recovery time means recovery time. Going out to eat or visit was not on our agenda. We had no plans to venture out until the catheter was removed. Even then we took it nice and slow.
The bag was our friend from beginning to end. I wish you the same!
Catheter Bag Holder:
Our plastic basket is 15” x 15” x 12” and it worked perfect!! The catheter bag hooked on the inside edge allowing for a stable environment and the bag remained lower than the catheter… I now use the basket for my small laundry items. J Another positive reminder that we came through this!!
I took my “Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer”. I found the book helped me not be scared…. I did not read Chapter 12 because I truly feel that POSITIVE THINKING is a must!!!! Why?? Because Prostate Cancer is CURABLE…. So ~ while I waited in the waiting room to hear from the nurse in the operating room….. (She called to let me know that surgery had begun and a second call on how things were going) I read. At times I couldn’t see the page for the tears… but they are a part of this process and it really does help to shed them.
After catheter is removed we had 2 items. Depends Adjustable Underwear Sm/Med 28”/45” and Depend Guards for Men. These really worked well for Buddy. He’s 5’9 160 lbs. Very comfortable around the incision too! I got the adjustable ones not knowing what to expect. Figured I’d have them for easier access. See the back of a package to help you decide which ones you’d like to have on hand. I send special wishes that Tom won’t need them but for a few days and then for comfort only J
Buddy was given a stool softener in the hospital and one was prescribed for home. The prescription was Surfak 240mg 1 per day. This just wasn’t enough! The pharmacist suggested equate natural vegetable laxative so we did the prescription in the a.m. and the vege lax in the evening…. RELIEF J
Head Brace: this is really a must!!!
I took 2 very soft ankle socks and stuffed them with soft material. The pillows in the hospital are really not very good. I placed them on the sides of Buddy's head so when he slept his neck was not strained, as his head would roll to the side. This really helped!!
I’ll do a new posting on this and add it to “OUR JOURNEY” J
Looks to me like you are ready to go!!!! This will really help you in the long run having everything in place.
Reminder: Take care of you!! During this time… Don’t hesitate to take your Klonopin….. Sleep is a healer for the mind and soul. If you’re concerned about taking it every night and still need sleep… call your pharmacist and ask if taking Klonopin one night and something like Excedrin PM the next night. You don’t want a reaction but you definitely need your sleep.
Take care and know we are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.
Lee & Buddy