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daveed
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   Posted 11/3/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  ell, I came through the tunnel and am now on the veteran side!!!!!!This may get quite lengthy but should have good info for new members so here goes. Davinci procedure about 2 pm Wednesday the 1st at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. One of seven that day. Apparently all went well. I did not talk to Dr. Peabody but he told my wife all contained in the prostate and no signs of anything outside the capsule. Great news.They did not even do the count back in the surgical room. Wheeled me in on the gurney. I transferred to the operating table and the last I remember was the doctor asking if everyone was ready and then I woke up being manhandled in recovery. You guys know what I mean when its seems they are jostling you every which way and all seem to be yelling at you.
I don't know if anyone had this problem but I had excrutiating, and I mean excrucriating pain in my left shoulder. Swimom can probably help. They say your body is tilted about 30 degreesfrom horizontal with your head down. They said the gases got into the shoulder. Also my left leg was swelled and numb. They also said this is a result of the position. So anyway got out of bed about 2 hours after arriving in my room and went for a long walk. Couldn't sleep well because of the shoulder so got myself up at 3 and 5 am and went for more walks. Belching as loud as I could trying to get rid of the gas.Couldn't feel any farts coming on yet but eagerly awaiting. Came home Thursday around 5. Clothing: Robe,sweatpants and large shirt.Had some severe pains waiting to pass gas, you know how it builds up but won't come out. Told my wife now I can imagine what contractions are like. Finally around nine had one toot with a few following. Never in my life wanted to fart so bad. Around 10 had some good ones and removed a lot of pressure. A note for guys in the future. The info will say to drain the day bag every one to 2 hours. Watch this closely. I was emptying mine every 45 minutes.My wife ran out for a bit and I fell asleep for awhile. YOU DO NOT WANT THAT BAG TO OVERFILL. WOW IS THAT PAINFUL. Any way sorry this is so long just want to talk with my coffee in hand. No where on any posts did anyone warn anyone about domestic pets. IF YOU HAVE A CAT DO NOT, DO NOT EVER LET THEM SEE THE CATHETER. they think this is the greatest toy since cat nip.you do not want them to get ahold of it. 56, you were right, I went to check on hofer the one eyed gopher and he does look all pissed off, retracted back to the sac and a pissed off look with that tube sticking out of his head!!!!!! So, just hanging around in my robe, no underwear, day bag on and doing fine. For you new guys, for the first day it is going to feel like someone rabbit puched your gut. These are the portal holes. But this is day two and this is improving immensely.
Sorry if I bored anyone. Thanks for all the prayers and support and if any one has any questions do not hesitate to ask 
 
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geobet1
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   Posted 11/3/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
DAVEED - been watching your posts and waiting to hear how you came out on the otherside. Welcome home!!!

Boy, for those of us still in the wings waiting, what an inspiration your first hand account is. Truly worthwhile reading. Gives us some signposts that I haven't read elsewhere on this site.

My very best to you for a continued successful recovery. And. . . keep posting your progress.

Warm regards;

Geprge
Age 59 (knocking on 60)
10-17-06: 3+3,3+3,3+4 - psa 4.5
10-30-06: CT & Bone Scan
 
Cancer is what we HAVE
"Cancer SURVIVORS is who we'll be!!"


Swimom
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   Posted 11/3/2006 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Daveed!!!!

Welcome back. Glad to see you made it home in one piece. Sounds good so far.

You asked about the shoulder pain. It's a common thing with patients who have been intubated....especially somkers.

Shoulder pain is also common post abdominal insuflation or "air-tamponade" as it's called. The pressure against the abdominal walls tamps off and controls bleeding to crerate a clearer field of vision for the Doc and reduces the need for transfusions. The gas pumped into the abdomen is not 100% depleted. A small amount hangs in there and absorbs as about anything else would absorb into the system. It could last a week maybe but it'll go away.

A little shoulder rub may hurt at first but it will feel better. Walking and general movement is helpful. While lying down feels best, you know you can't lie down for a week...so go move! Glad you're home and well.

Swim

daveed
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   Posted 11/3/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
swim. Please clarify the no lying down for a week. Slept on my back last night. No? Shoulder pain resolved itself last night.

Thanks

GreenAcres
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   Posted 11/3/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Great to see you back and so perky!

I think Swim meant you can't just stay on your back all the time, even though it feels better than sitting or standing. Get and move as much as you feel like without overdoing. Lying in any comfortable position is fine.

Glad the pain in shoulder is gone, too!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1: 4.2 (doubled in 13 mos.; up to 4.3 on 6/1)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly


Letty
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   Posted 11/3/2006 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome home Daveed and glad to see all your smiley faces!!!!

It sounds like your doing great and came through it with flying colors!  My husband was the same way as far as the gas goes and it was a challenge to keep him from getting plugged up.  Warning:  Eat lots of fiber!

We're glad your home and wishing you a speedy recovery.


Letty,
 
Husband diagnosed May 2006 at age 50.  RRP performed 13 July 06.
PSA 5.7,  Gleason 3+4=7, Staged T2C, Cancer confined to prostate.
His father diagnosed at age 62 and is currently a 13 year survivor!


56pontiac
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   Posted 11/3/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Daveed, Glad to hear from you, sounds like good news. I had shoulder pain and they also ripped a chunk of skin off my back in recovery extra sticky tape. The sore muscles I'm sure are from laying on the one position for so long. Anyway glad to see you have come on over to this side.

Tamu
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   Posted 11/3/2006 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Daveed,

You and I share the same date for our Da Vinci's. My experience also good. I did not have any gas pains which surprised me I was told to expect them. Nurses were somewhat surprised. I never took any pain medication. I did pass gas fairly readily the next day. I have had three BM's in the last 24 hours which has made me feel real good. You are right about the leg bag. It fills up faster then they told me. I do have a sore spot on my left buttock. I laughingly told my wife that I think that they dropped me since I am a big guy at 6" 5" and 250 pounds. The soreness in my abdomen has greatly decreased in the last 24 hours. I am walking a lot and feel very good.

Good luck to you as we move down the recovery path together.

Tamu

lawink
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   Posted 11/3/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Daveed - glad you're back and sounding so chipper. I read aloud your first hand account to Bob and he was laughing in agreement about you know who being pissed off . . . . he relates completely and after 5 weeks thinks he's still being punished for mistreating his friend. Will be interested in hearing your progress. Take care and "don't overdo"
;o) Linda
Husband (Bob) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results due Nov 14, 2006.
 
Also taking Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platlets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis)


Swimom
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   Posted 11/3/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Daveed,
I meant you can't lay down...as in to feel better for a week...

You lay in any position your Foley desires!!!!

spinbiscuit
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   Posted 11/3/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Daveed & Tamu,

Great to hear you're home and doing well. One thing I thought to mention; coughing or sneezing is a major pain, and the first time I thought I'd busted a stitch. If you are prone to sneezing carry a small pillow that you can pull into your gut before you explode.

Glen

daveed
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   Posted 11/3/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Glen you are absolutely right, That did not start till this morning. You break out in a cold sweat if you think you have to cough.

Daveed

dawgfan
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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you daveed,
 
I had the same shoulder problem and it,like all the rest of the side effects, passes. Keep on truckin!
Diagnosed 8/24/06 at age 48
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
daVinci performed 10/20/06


Tamu
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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Glen,

You are right about the coughing and sneezing. I have not had the sneezing experience yet but I have the coughing. One thing that I have noticed is that standing up the soreness does not seem to be as bad. It is getting better every hour. I look forward to the next couple of days as I have improved a lot in just the last 24 hours. I am getting ready to hit the shower for the first time since the surgery and I am sure that will feel great.

Tamu

SaraMurphy
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   Posted 11/3/2006 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome home Daveed!

Glad to hear all went well, and continued wishes for a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for telling us what to expect. It helps to know!

Blessings,

Dennis and Sara


SJC
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   Posted 11/3/2006 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Daveed:

The intestinal thing will return soon. It took me a few days to get it going again. I swallowed a dose of Milk of Magnesia every night for about a week or so. I think it helped move things along down there. Give it a try and see if it helps you as well. As I just told Tamu, each week you will get stronger. Soon, you will be back to your pre-surgery stamina and mobility.

bluebird
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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeah~~~~~  Welcome home dear friend…

 

You’re home and doing so well!!!! 

 

Daveed...........You have a wonderful disposition and it will truly help our friends who are nearing their surgery date and/or just being diagnosed.  Thank you for making this such a positive experience….. and I truly feel it is because of your “POSITIVE ATTITUDE” from day 1.

 

Taking the time to share your journey…. will truly help others!!!  I had a great time reading your post….. and a good giggle when you introduced… hofer the one eyed gopher.  What a hoot!!!!! 

 

It would be great if you pop this tread with updates on your healing/recovery… It makes it so much easier to follow day to day / week to week…. when it’s all on one Thread.  (Just my opinion… J) 

 

How long do you plan to be off from work…. Because once you start back to work it will be awhile before we hear from you…. right!!  This way we know everything is good…. No news will be good news…. 

 

Please…. Take a page from Spinbiscuit’s journey……… DON’T OVER DO IT.  Just because you’re feeling good….don’t mean you can do the dance for awhile…. Okay….  You still have to heal….

 

In Friendship  ~ Lee & her Buddy

 

P.S.  What’s the little “Tiger’s” name who likes your catheter??


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason  3+3=6  T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


daveed
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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mama Bluebird
How do I "pop this tread with updates"? You have always appeared more computer literate with your creative text and postings!!!!!
I plan on returning to work the Monday after thanksgiving. I work for a very small company with minimum bennies but they are paying me for the time off.
My cats name is Cleo, but I call him cleo leo. We thought he was a she and when the vet said he was a he we left the name Cleo. Like the cat realllyyy cares!!!
Cleo is from the fourth litter of a wild female we have in the neigbrhood. My daughter (who lives in Virginia) has one from a previous litter. That litter we raised five kittens that were only 3 weeks old when found. We successfully bottlefed all to adoption.

M. Kat
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   Posted 11/4/2006 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
daveed,

yeah! you are done with the hardest part. the week will fly by, the catheter will be done (so the cat will not want to play anymore) and you'll be on to the next step.

keep relaxing, walking and just doing what you want to do. kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006


bluebird
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   Posted 11/9/2006 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Previous posting from  Daveed… 11-04

 

Hi Mama Bluebird
How do I "pop this thread with updates"?

 

I’m sorry I didn’t get back sooner to this question….  

 

See new Thread: "Your" Personal Page showing "Your" Journey!

 

For instance…. This thread is already on page 2 and will soon be back to page 6 and it has very good solid information on it!!! 

 

:) Lee tongue   and her own opinions!!!!  Chirp~Chirp


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason  3+3=6  T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


bluebird
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   Posted 11/9/2006 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Quote from 11-09     Daveed Update

Just got back from the clinic to have the "cats new toy" removed.My biggest fear was there would be something wrong with the xray and they would have said "lets leave the little sucker in a little longer". I would have croaked at that point. Anyway glad thats over and done with. Hard to tell how the continence is doing. I know that sounds stupid. Got my sample packs for ED, had been using levitra before surgery and will be interested to try the cialis and viagra.No pathology report yet, should have tomorrow or Monday at the latest.

 

Hi Daveed,

 

Glad Hang is not hangin’ around any more!!!  Sounds like the two of you got along okay!!!  When you understand how important his is ~ and you let him have his way ~ things tend to go well….

 

And I’m super glad Cleo Leo minded his manners after the first swipe!!!  Ouch 

What a wonderful story of how he came to be a part of the family.  That bond is so much stronger when you personally are responsible for them surviving… !

 

Now ~ you’ll be heading back to work but you still need to take it easy…. Okay!!! 

 

Please continue with your updates and let us know how things are going.

 

Take care and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.

 

In Friendship, Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason  3+3=6  T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

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