Posted 9/26/2006 3:37 PM (GMT -6)
I thought I'd move us off the Erections post and over here. To answer you question, Tom is doing pretty good...I think. We went to the follow up today, and had his staples removed. Can't say he really enjoyed that. He also has what they think might be phlebitis in the arm that had the blood transfusion IV. Right now the treatment for that is aspirin and a hot compress, but if he starts to have trouble breathing or has heart attach symptoms we are to rush to the E.R. like a bat out of hell (great!). In all seriousness, they don't think that it will be a major issue, but something to keep an eye on. It is a clot in his upper arm on the underside. The area is a little swollen, and is very sore to him. It has been getting worse over the last couple of days. Prior to today, we were joking that he had probably been dropped in the O.R. before they woke him up.
When we were packing for the hospital, I packed flannel boxers, baggy PJ pants, and a Big T-shirt. With the IVs in, the only thing that came in handy was the boxers while he was up and walking. The morning he went home I went to walmart on my way to the hospital, and picked up a robe, 3XL
T-shirts, and some cotton shorts that were draw string & elastic waisted (they are a little longer then the boxers). Never in a million years did I think he would consent to a giant night gown like shirt and robe. But that was his out-fit of choice to come home in and to wear for the first two days. Now, he likes the longer shorts because they cover up his leg bag.
Tom is a mechanic kind of guy, and having to be "sick" and lounging around the house is not his thing. Luckily he is adjusting to the catheter and realizes the importance of it's purpose. Right now he says the boredom and discomfort of recovery is worse the the surgery. If that's his worse complaint, then I'd say he's doing good.
I'm sure you and Curtis will do great. Just keep in mind the tips you come across that will make him more comfortable. They are a life saver. I'm so glad I have this group to reference to. It will all be over before you know it.
My Husband is 52 yrs old
* Diagnosed 7/13/06 with 11.4 PSA, Gleason 7,T2b and Negative Bone and CT scan.
* Had Open Radical Prostatectomy on 9/18/06
Gleason was reduced to 6, had negative nodes and negative margins. 75% of the prostate was affected.