My DaVinci is scheduled for 10/20/06

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   Posted 9/20/2006 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
With a month to go, I am concentrating on getting/staying in best shape possible. Trying to watch what I eat and running 4 miles, then walking 1 mile at least 5 times a week. Shopping for a bike to slowly transition running to cycling eventually to benefit my joints in the long run (unintended pun). Kegels three times a day while at my desk. Any other pointers or advise to pass along?
Have any of you had experience with Dr. Tully in Birmingham, Alabama? He will perform my procedure at St. Vincents. Just wondering about the atmosphere because I despise hospitals. Fortunately, I have only had to visit occasionally and this will be my first as a patient. Should I take a book to read or are we usually too tired or (insert reason here) to read after surgery?
Hope you are all well.

M. Kat
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   Posted 9/20/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   

it sounds like you are doing all the right things. keep up the good work! Jeff did have a book to read, but only spent a small amount of time reading. he was either sleeping, walking or talking to all the people that kept coming in his room. take a book, though, because you never know.

best wishes to you!! kat

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   Posted 9/20/2006 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   


Condition (and age)seems very important and it seems you'll get through it quite easily IMO. When I(aged 49) first heard the news on PC in late April I went on a weight losing project by fast walking two miles each day and climbing some steps. I'm 6'3 and weighed in at 265 prior. On Sept 11 when I did the DaVinci I was down to 233. I'm certain it had alot to do with my recovery.

I had the worm pulled out yesterday, and quite dry...big relief! Two "diapers" Depends in 24 hours, minor leakage. Slept well but had to get up three times to pee...can't seem to hold much in the bladder at the moment. I started the kegels three months ago but quit after six weeks upon  hearing a few reports here of over excercising. Since being realeased from the hospital on 9/12 did I start the kegels again. Dr. only suggested six sets each evening--that's it.

Nine days later and back to work however long I want to because I own a business. I could probably put in an eight hour day, but why push butt gets sore quickly. Book? I was in a daze for 24 hours.

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   Posted 9/20/2006 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dawgfan,

If you are having a robtic, or lap procedure you probably won't have much time to read. They want to send you home in 24-36 hours post-surgery. As for riding a bike I would ask the urologist for his/her recomendation, but he/she will probably say wait till you are fully recovered. You are definitely wise to get youself in top physical condition. Good luck next month, and please keep us posted on your progress.

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